Mona Ree Taylor, 86, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, at Golden Age Nursing Home. 

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Greenwood Delta Funeral Home with interment in Rome Cemetery. The Rev. Brady Canright will officiate. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday prior to the service.

Mona Ree was born in Donna, Texas, to Franklin and Ann Canode. She was raised in Sunflower County, graduated from Drew High School and received her B.A. degree from Millsaps College in 1953. 

Shortly after graduation, she married Billy Taylor and moved to Starkville, where she taught in the West Point School system. In 1957 they moved to Greenwood, where she taught at the Presbyterian Day School and retired from the Leflore County School System.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Greenwood, the Home Demonstration Club, Matinee Musicale and the Greenwood Community Band. She was also the local “Tupperware Lady.”

She is survived by her husband, Billy; daughters Olivia Marx (Richard) of Greenville, North Carolina, and Tanya Speer (Michael) of Oklahoma City; sons Michael Taylor (Jean) of Pawnee, Illinois, and Tim Taylor of Greenwood; sisters Thelma Thomas (Fisher) of Largo, Florida, and Joyce White (Charles) of Lexington, Tennessee; brother Frank Canode Jr. (Mary) of Rogers, Arkansas; and four grandchildren, Neal Marx (Kelsey) of Goldsboro, North Carolina, Hannah Taylor of Baltimore and Parker Speer and Hayden Speer of Oklahoma City.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Knox, Chris Wilson, Thomas McCullum, Dale Morgan, Ed Blackstone and Robbie Wilson.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 310 W. Washington, Greenwood, MS 38930.

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