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  Van Alstyne Cemetery
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N. & Bettie Taylor
Mrs. Bettie Taylor Dead
After months of lingering illness Mrs. Bettie Taylor died at the home of her son, Ed Taylor, where for several months she had made her home after her illness had reached a critical stage. The death of Mrs. Taylor was no surprise to our people who were well acquainted with her condition, for it was known to all that the tired old body could never be restored to its former health and vigor.  But while death brought no surprise it brought with it a feeling of sadness that a good Christian woman had been called away.  "Aunt Bet" as she was familiarly known to our people, was held in affectionate esteem by all.  Her life was one of goo deeds and friendly offerings, and her sufferings were borne with a gentleness and fortitude that had prepared her for the final .....
Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at the Christian church by the pastor,Rev. E.H. Holmes, and the burial was held at Van Alstyne cemetery.
Mrs. Taylor was 70 years of age, and is survived by the following children:  Kit Taylor of Abilene; Will Taylor of Sweetwater; Mrs. K.O. Beall, of Amarillo and Ed and Scott Taylor of this city.  Her brothers, John W. McKinney, of Honus, Dr. J.N. McKinney, of Gordonville and ..... McKinney, of Henrietta attended the burial....and as active worker in the cause of her master.
She was the daughterof Eld. Wm. C. McKinney, a pioneer settler of Collin and a minister in the Christian church.  Her grandfather, Collin McKinney, from whom our county and city both were named, was one among the very early settlersof North Texas and was among the men that signed the Declaration of Independence that made Texas a free State.  She was a sisterof ex-Tax Collector Jno. W. McKinney, now of South Texas.  She was an aunt of Capt. J.L. Greer's first wife, being a younger sister of Mrs. Jane Kelly, who still remains with us, but blind and .....  She was married to Newton Taylor Jan. 3, 1856.  She is survived by the following children, all of whom were present at the funeral: Wm., Kit, Edward and Scott, sons; and Mrs. E.G. Beall, of Amarillo, Texas.  Two children and her husband preceded her to the grave.  A large number of other relatives are left to await their summons.  They will miss this good woman who made sunshine for many homes.  She looked upon the bright side of life and was full of joy and a great lover of song.  She sang regularly in the church service until she was 72 years old, when her failing health prevented her being present.

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