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
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.