The last Saturday in June, June 27, the annual Taylor family reunion was in Ringgold county. The weather was pretty good and
all had fun.
At 8 a.m., there were 24 men golfers and two lay golfers at the Mount Ayr Country Club. All had a fun time and some prizes were handed out.
Around 4 p.m. in the afternoon, people started arriving at the lower level of the Back 40. There were 109 present and a few more who golfed but didn't
We had two births, no deaths and four marriages in the last year. Once again as in the past, Edna Jones and Alice Mae Johnston were our leaders
and Sully Powell was the youngest present at 13 months. None of the new babies were present at the reunion. Jan and Larry Dalbey traveled the farthest and
Clifford's family had 30 present. Floyd's family had 29 and Bessie's family had 25.
Those attending were:
Bessie's family - Alice Mae Johnston,
Bedford; Edna Jones, Lynn and Kathy Rinehart, Tanner and Tess Rinehart of Mount Ayr; Korbie Rinehart and Sully of LaVerne, TN; Justin and Teena Jones,
MaKayla, MaKel, MaKenna and Derik of Tingley; Bob and Margo Jones of Des Moines; Rob and Phyllis Jones, Owen and Alex of Van Meter; Todd and Staci Jones,
Paige Jones, Zach and Jess Jones of Greenfield.
Harold's family - Sandy Taylor of Mount Ayr; Helen Turner of Creston; Phil and Caryl Dukes of Spirit
VerlaDean's family - Jan Slaybaugh of Independence, MO.
Floyd's fmily - Mary McCalley of Cedar Falls; Janis Taylor, Clarie and Judy
Newton, Jim and Patty Newton, Danielle Grace, Claire, Steve and Terri Newton, Ethan, Emily, and Anna of Diagonal; Doug Newton of Elk Horn; Mike and JeanAnn
Taylor, Bill Taylor, Colby Taylor of Creston; Scott Taylor of Des Moines; Blair Taylor, Tate of Sioux City; Nolan and Steph Newton, Dallas and Kinsley of
Clifford's family - Jan and Larry Dalbey of Tucson, AZ; Gary and Jean Taylor of Springfield, IL; Chris and Patty Eaton, Logan, Connor,
Abby of Mount Ayr; Lindsey Berry and Brett Sweet of Des Moines; Darla Sobotka of Mount Ayr; Cody and Stephanie Sobotka of Ankeny; Matt Sobotka of Ames;
Mike and Michelle Warin, Lydia of Pella; Karen and Shon Berry of Creston; Jack and Dixie Taylor, Jim and Lisa Taylor, Jacob, Ty, Bailey, and Caleb of
Wayne's family - Roma Jean Halsey, Doug and Anna Taylor, Bob Thornton and Bobbi Keller, Preston and Casey Taylor of St. Joe, MO; Dixie
and Jim Linkey, Shawn Persell, Anna, Tami and Rusty, Burlington; Deb and Ron Capps, Chelsea and Tyler Pulse of Kansas City, MO; Anna and Clark Jensen of
Grinnell; Annabel Walkup of Redding.
Special thans to Kathy and Terri for getting the frog jumping contest going (Alex for getting the frogs) and the
bubble-gum blowing contest. Later they had sparklers to enjoy.
Big thanks to Rusty and Tami for bringing their sound system and music and songs and
to Kathy Rinehart for emceeing the evening. Thanks also to Back 40 for the good food.
Plans are to meet again next year at the same place, June 25, 2016.