Edith Louise Taylor was born to Allie & Harvey Taylor in Joplin, Missouri on July 7th, 1938. She departed this life on September 9th, 2020.
Edith was raised in Joplin, Missouri. When she was a young child her mother and father moved the family to Wichita, Kansas. Edith is the youngest of 10 children; six boys and four girls. Eventually, Allie & Harvey would relocate from Wichita, Kansas to the great northwest and eventually call Portland, Oregon home.
Edith went on to work as a CNA at Mount St. Joseph. She is the mother of 7 children who affectionally called her ‘mama’ and known as ‘grandmommie’ to 23 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grand! Grandmommie found a way to bring love and light to everyone. She hosted some of the best soul-food (minus the beans) eating, BBQ burning, potato salad fighting family fun days EVER! We could always count on the yearly back-to-school backpack BBQ and our annual Easter egg hunts! Around Christmas time the excitement would build because none of us ever knew what color, flocked Christmas tree we would walk in to; or the number of trees she would attempt to squeeze into the living room!
Edith was a lady of many skills and immaculate style. She had a keen eye for interior decorating-which was always on full display with her new living room sets, carpet coordination and wallpaper designs. I can hear her now just saying ‘I hated that furniture! It had to go.’ Besides raising her children Edith also shared a love for the game bingo!
Edith met and married the love of her life Robert Smith on 12/24/1980 in front of a host of family and friends. Even though they shared no children together they went on to share 40+ years of marital bliss and a lifetime of memories!! They worked hard together and created a successful commercial cleaning business on top of maintaining their full-time careers. Robert and Edith both shared a love that transcended space and time that truly exemplified true love!
Some may define love by the amount of time spent or by the support shown to one another. But Robert & Edith’s love endured and endured! The smiles, the laughter, and the consistency they showed one another is a true testament of a SOUL…MATE! They shared the kind of love most admired and others silently envied.
She leaves to mourn her passing and celebrate her life: Husband Robert Smith, Sister Alberta Mack, 6 children, Gaylord Jones, Vincent Jones, Debra Jones, Wendy Jones, Eric Jones, Yolanda Jones and step-daughter April Smith (Mark Jones; son, deceased). A host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, a great-great grandchild, nieces, nephews, friends, and a tremendous amount of love ones.
The family would like to invite you to view the service that will be streamed online using ZOOM. If you cannot access the streaming with the link below, the ZOOM Meeting ID is 491 606 4233 and the password is 5vfWFD.
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