Barbara M. Taylor, 85, a prominent citizen, former business owner and community volunteer of Paris, passed away Aug. 31, 2014, at Paris Community Hospital. Services are 11 a.m. today (Sept. 4) at Stewart and Carroll Funeral Home, with the Rev. Michael C. Dixon officiating. Burial follows in Edgar Cemetery. Visitation was from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Mrs. Taylor was born Barbara Mary Smith March 30, 1929, in Watervliet, Mich., the daughter of the late Maudie Loretta (Cutler) Smith and Broadwell Martin Smith. Her parents owned and ran a fruit farm and greenhouse/flower shop in Covert. She married Ray Taylor on Easter Sunday, April 17, 1949, in the Mary-Sabine Chapel of the Central Methodist Church in Lansing, Mich. He survives. She is also survived by three daughters, Sherry (Dennis) Miller of Grand Island, N.Y., Cindy (Bernie) Cash of Norman, Okla., and Holly (Ken) Paul of Fuquay Varina, N.C.; one son, Gary (Mary) Taylor of Paris; seven grandchildren, Heather Cash, Ryan (Gretchen) Cash, Samantha Miller, Katherine Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, David (Allison) Paul and Brian Paul; 10 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Gailen (Wendi) Smith of Snowmass, Colo. She was preceded in death by her sister, Loa Jean (Alan) Murray. Mrs. Taylor was the owner/ operator of Inn Fashions, a women’s fine fashions retail store on West Court Street, for 20 years from 1969 to 1989. Prior to opening Inn Fashions, Mrs. Taylor was known for her volunteer efforts becoming a 4-H leader of Merrie Maidens in 1959 and then Pine Grove Handy Helpers in the 1960s. She was an impressive seamstress and tailor and won honors in the Vogue Sewing contest sponsored by the Paris Woman’s Club. She competed at the state level where she took honors in 1959 and 1961. Some of her volunteer effortsinclude fashion shows for the Paris Women’s Club, fund raising to support the Hanger, the annual Mental Health Charity Ball, and events at the former Sycamore Hills Country Club. Mrs. Taylor was an active member of the Women’s Golf Association. She was active in the Downtown Merchants Association and helped to renew the downtown retail space and promote local businesses. Mrs. Taylor was also known for being a fine cook and hostess. She was an avid gardener and traveled extensively with her husband. She was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Paris. Mrs. Taylor graduated from Covert High School in 1947 as the class valedictorian. She attended Michigan State University studying home economics and fashion from fall of 1947 to spring of 1949. While working in the MSU cafeteria, supporting her education, she met Ray Taylor, her future husband. After Ray graduated from MSU Veterinarian School in the spring of 1950, they lived in West Lafayette, Ind. In December 1950, they relocated to make Paris their permanent home. Memorial donations may be made to the First Christian Church. Online condolences may be left at

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