Patricia Lowry Taylor, 1928-2017

Patricia Jean Lowry Taylor, 88, passed away May 8, 2017, in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on Oct. 26, 1928, to the Rev. Forrest A. and Marie Shelton Lowry.

She graduated at the top of her class from William Jewel College in Liberty, Missouri, and went on to earn her nursing degree from Missouri Baptist Hospital. As a registered nurse, she worked in the Little Rock Public School system and as a psych nurse at the Health Center at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

She married the Rev. Joseph E. Taylor in 1952 and served alongside him at United Methodist congregations in Rose City, Fayetteville, Osceola, North Little Rock, Springdale and Fort Smith. She was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ and lived her life in service to others. Pat always held the title of “best cook in the church” in each and every charge the Taylor family served.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, “Brother Joe” Taylor, and by her eldest son, Stephen Taylor. Survivors include her daughter, Susan Kincannon (Jim) of Maumelle; sons, David Taylor of Springfield, Missouri, and Jonathan Taylor (Dianne Shaughnessy) of Washington D.C.; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Taylor, of Springdale; ten grandchildren: Spencer Taylor (Tatiana) of Fayetteville; Stuart, Jacob, Ryan and Catrina Taylor of Springdale; Sarah Kincannon of Little Rock; Rachel Gillespie (Tyler) of Dallas, Texas; Lauren, Ethan and Christian Taylor, all of Springfield, and she was anxiously awaiting the arrival of her first two great-grandchildren, Will Gillespie of Dallas and Baby Taylor of Springdale.

Special gratitude is expressed towards the compassionate staff of Hospice Inpatient Center in Little Rock for their loving care and tender kindness toward our mother.

The funeral service was held at First United Methodist Church Maumelle on Monday, May 15, 2017, with visitation preceding, and with burial following at Oakland Cemetery in Clarksville, Arkansas.

Memorials may be made to First UMC, 1201 Edgewood Drive, Maumelle, AR 72113.