Bessie Virginia Taylor

September 10, 1921 ~ February 12, 2018 (age 96)
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Bessie Virginia Taylor, 96, of Kansas City, MO passed away Monday, February 12, 2018 at the Gower Convalescent Center. Bessie was born September 10, 1921 to Adolph and Mary (Whitmore) Wandfluh in Amazonia, MO. She graduated from Savannah High School in 1938. Bessie was introduced to T.M. Taylor by his sister Maxine and went on a double date. The couple married in Washington D.C. November 20, 1942. While T.M . was serving in the Army she worked as a stenographer and typist in Washington so she could see him on the weekends. During this time she also became a “Sweater Girl”. Bessie was an avid Royals fan. She enjoyed traveling with the family, playing the piano, quilting, and crossword puzzles. As a young girl she loved to sit beside the stove and read books, this was something that she continued throughout her life. She was a member of Joy Club and Women’s Mission Union, and spent a lot of time donating things to send to needy families around the world. Bessie learned to drive at the age of 55. She was a member of the Gashland Baptist Church for over 60 years and was an unbelievable woman of faith and a true believer of Jesus Christ. Bessie leaves behind a huge legacy and she will be forever remembered for her endless smile.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 40 years, granddaughter Jessica Taylor, and grandson Jeremy Fast.

Bessie is survived by her children: Terry (Scott) Hensley of Kansas City, MO, T.M. (Cathy) Taylor of Boliver, MO, Julie (Ed) Betz of Kansas City, MO, Kathy (Bill) Wallis of Albuquerque, NM, and Bernie (Janey) Taylor of Liberty, MO. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Gashland Baptist Church , 601 NE Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO 64155. Funeral Service will be Friday February 16, 2018 at 10:00 AM. Burial to follow in Terrace Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family requests that memorial contributions go to Gower Convalescent Center. Share online condolences at

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