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Marian Bernise Muirhead Taylor, 86, West Liberty
Obituaries · February 23, 2017



Marian Bernise Muirhead Taylor, 86, of West Liberty died peacefully in her sleep on Feb. 15, 2017, at the Simpson Memorial Home in West Liberty.

Funeral service were Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, at the First Church United in West Liberty. Visitation was Monday, 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Family burial was in the Oak Ridge Cemetery in West Liberty. The Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Liberty was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hendersonbarkerfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be made to the Simpson Memorial Home.

Marian was born Aug. 12, 1930, near Tipton, Iowa, the daughter of William Cullen Muirhead and Lillian Urutha Ericson Muirhead. She was a graduate of Tipton High School in 1948. She was united in marriage to George William Thordsen on Aug. 20, 1950. Marian and George had two children, Karla and Michael. They had a good life raising their children, but she and George eventually went their separate ways and she married her soul mate, Robert (Bob) Taylor on May 23, 1974, which led to over 40 years of happiness and fulfillment.

Throughout her life, Marian worked at the Tipton State Bank, ASCS (Agricultural Stabilization Conservation Services), and the West Liberty State Bank. Marian was a lifelong member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She loved playing the piano and organ and spending time with both her immediate and extended family.

She is survived by her children, Karla Thordsen-Hanrahan (Mike Hanrahan) of Wellman, Iowa, Michael (Heather) Thordsen of Lincoln, Ark., and bonus children Gene (Debbie) Taylor of Wilton, Jeanette Taylor Suhorepetz of Wilton and Mike (Rhonda) Taylor of Tipton; nieces and nephew Ann (Werling) Venditti and husband Rod, Avis (Muirhead) Jones, Kathy (Siemsen) Minde and Kevin (wife Pam) Siemsen; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and several other nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bob in 2014; and sisters: June Werling, Lois Warmuth and Norma Siemsen.

Marian led a full life, and will be greatly missed.

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