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— Mamie Taylor

Mamie Jo Thurman Taylor, 92, died in her childhood home in Chidester, Arkansas, on Sept. 18, 2019, with her family at her side.

She was born to William W. and Beulah Cline Rushing Taylor on March 16, 1927, in Prescott, Arkansas. She completed a masters degree from the University of Arkansas, worked as an educator and social worker for more than 40 years, and was an active member of Rushing Memorial UMC, United Methodist Women, and lay member of the Arkansas Annual Conference for many years.

She played on a high school basketball state championship team, loved women’s college basketball, and was an avid Razorback fan.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Margaret Irene Taylor; and one daughter, Jai Taylor.

Mamie Jo is survived by a brother, Dr. William W. Taylor (Pat) of Dallas, Texas; sister, Ann Taylor Crawford of Quitman, Texas; three children, Lu Thurman Harding (John) of Chesnee, South Carolina, Laura Rhea Thurman (John Maynard)of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Taylor Thurman of Little Rock, Arkansas; grandchildren, Gary Burkhart, Jami Harding Jones (Chris), Chase Harding (Alissa), Lucy Maynard, Laura Maynard, TJ Thurman and Joe Thurman; four great-grandchildren; a nephew, Jerry Allen Crawford; extended family, Rick (Christine) Krentzlin and Lynn (Lynn) Graves; along with many friends.

A memorial service will be held at Rushing Memorial UMC in Chidester, Arkansas, at 10:30 a.m. today, Saturday Sept. 21.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Chidester Food Pantry, c/o Rushing Memorial UMC, P.O. Box 219, Chidester, AR 71726.

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