Bonnie Jean Taylor, age 78, former resident of 602 Osbun, Fort Scott, Kansas, started the next part of her journey, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007, at Fort Scott Manor Nursing Home.
She was born Dec. 11, 1928 at Redfield, Kansas, the daughter of Edger Cobler and Grace Richardson Cobler. At an early age, she was afflicted with polio. Bonnie was a 1946 graduate of Esparto High School in California. She married Vernon George Taylor on July 3, 1956. He preceded her in death on Dec. 12, 1976.
Bonnie was a Boy Scout den mother, a foster mother, worked in the newspaper business, as a switchboard operator and as a social worker in California. She had several short stories published over the years and also has written two novels yet to be published.
She was a volunteer at the Fort Bragg Hospital in California and locally was a member of the VFW Auxiliary. Her hobbies include sports, especially NASCAR, baseball and football. She was an avid Kansas City Chiefs fan.
Survivors include two daughters; Bonnie Bolan and husband Michael, Fort Scott; Lorina Baglin and husband James, Fulton, Kansas; and one sister, Dorothy Parrick and husband Joseph, Gravette, Ark. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Justin and Austin Baglin, Fulton, Heather Maxwell, Amanda Burton (John), all of Ark City, Kansas; Andrea Mitchell (Jody), Fort Scott, Sylvia Bolan and Michael Bolan, Jr., Nevada, Mo.; and three great-grandchildren, Braden, McKayla and Kolby Maxwell, Ark City; three sisters-in-law, Grave Cobler and Anna Mae Cobler, Fort Scott, and Sue Taylor, Fortuna, Calif.
Many nieces and nephews also survive, including Veretta Cobler, New York, and Skip Cobler, Branson, Mo. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Raymond Cobler, Kenneth Cobler and Lyle Cobler.
Danny Mullins, Hospice Chaplain, will conduct funeral services at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the U.S. National Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to either the Fort Scott Manor Nursing Home, Community Hospice of America, or the Freeman Cancer Center, and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kansas, 66701.