Martha Taylor, age 78 of Branson, MO, passed away on November 5, 2020 due to complications associated with COVID-19 in Springfield, MO at Mercy Hospital.
She was born September 13, 1942, in Excelsior Springs, MO and was daughter to Cornelius ‘Connie’ and Ruth Golden. She married Robert ‘Bob’ Taylor on June 11, 1960, in Excelsior Springs, MO. Together they owned and operated Quality Equipment in California, MO. She also taught at Head Start, decorated cakes, offered office services, and partook in many other entrepreneurial ventures with Bob over the years. She served as cook and in other capacities at Main Street Baptist Church, then later at New Beginnings Fellowship in Hollister, MO. She always had a passion for missions work and made trips to Haiti and locations across the United States. After retiring, she and Bob moved to Branson. She continued to use her love of sewing to design and make dresses and shorts for children that have been sent all over the world through Operation Christmas Child and other organizations. Recently, she began making feminine kits for girls in Haiti, and she sewed and gave away nearly 3,000 masks since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak this year. She was always ready for an adventure be it travel, crafts, game nights, cookouts, camping, making birthday cakes, spending time with her grands, adopted grands, and any other family and friends. She always had a guest room available for those who needed a place to stay and she looked forward to making dinner for anyone who had time to stop by. Preceded in death by her parents, husband, and grandson Dmitriy Taylor. Survived by son Robert Taylor Jr. and wife Cynthia of Branson, MO; son Mark Taylor and wife Lorrie of Omaha, AR; daughter Rochelle ‘Shelly’ Hunter and husband Brad of Seymour, MO; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren (plus two on the way); sister Patricia Maddux in Tahlequah, OK; Kramer family in Michigan; and many extended family and friends. A celebration of her life will be shared virtually. A private graveside service will be held for Bob and Martha jointly at a future date. Memorials may be made to any of the following: - New Beginnings Fellowship, PO Box 534, Hollister, MO 65673 or text to 417-283-8112 - Grandma Martha’s Hygiene Kits for Girls via https://gf.me/u/y7gswp - Operation Christmas Child @ samaritanspurse.org or pack a shoebox in her honor
Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.cremationsoftheozarks.com.