TAYLOR, Bertha B. 1873-1925
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Date: 3/21/2015 at 14:18:06
Dies In Waterloo Hospital
Mrs. H. B. Taylor, of Dike, Dies Following Operation
Mrs. H. B. Taylor died at the Presbyterian hospital in Waterloo last Sunday evening. Ten days before she submitted to a very serious operation for appendicitis. She seemed to be recovering satisfactorily from the operation. On Saturday afternoon her condition took a change for the worse and she continued to get weaker until the end came at 6:50 Sunday evening. The remains were taken to the home at Dike.
Bertha B. Williams, daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth Williams, was born on a farm near Reinbeck, Iowa, July 31, 1873. Her childhood and school days were spent in the home vicinity. Later she taught school near Reinbeck and Fredsville during two years.
On Nov. 1, 1893, she became the wife of Beecher Taylor, and they began their home at Reinbeck. Two years later they moved to Ocheyedan, Iowa, and in 1907 to Haswell, Col., and from there to Princeton, Minn., in 1913, where they lived three years. During 1916 Grundy Center became their home and a year later they came to Dike.
She became a member of the M.E. church at Reinbeck in 1889 and has ever since been a faithful and active worker in the church wherever she lived. For the past six years she was president of the Dike Aid Society and leader of the Home Guards and Superintendent of the Junior League for nearly two years. Aside from her church activities she has ever been deeply interested in everything intended for the benefit of her community. While living at Ocheyedan and Princeton, Minn., she was president of the W.C.T.U. organization. Only a few weeks before her death she told a number of lady friends who were talking to her about starting a W.C.T.U. in Dike that she would be willing to head the work if necessary. During the war she was an officer in the local Red Cross, and remained a member of its local committee until the present time. She became a member of the Eastern Star eighteen years ago.
Mrs. Taylor enjoyed good health nearly all of her life. A very severe attack of pneumonia came about fifteen years ago. Her last illness began on Tuesday, April 28. She was taken to the Presbyterian hospital at Waterloo on the following Thursday where she underwent a very serious operation. She seemed to be improving until Saturday afternoon when a decided change came for the worse, and she passed away Sunday evening, May 10.
She leaves to mourn her loss her husband and three daughters, all of Dike, her aged mother, two brothers and two sisters, a host of friends--in fact, the entire vicinity is grief stricken because of her passing.
The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the Dike M.E. church, with Rev. Dilman Smith, of Des Moines, and Rev. Chamberlin, of the Dike church, in charge. Burial was made in the cemetery at Reinbeck.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 14 May 1925, pg 8
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