Valma E. Yeater Taylor, 101, died in her Mechanicsville home Monday, Jan. 19, 2009. Services were held Thursday, Jan. 22, at Mechanicsville United Methodist Church. Visitation was held Wednesday at Morgan Funeral and Cremation Choices, Mount Vernon Chapel. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Mechanicsville.
Velma is survived by her children, Beverly Weber, Mechanicsville, Lorraine Leonard, Ely, and Walter Vernon (Bonnie), Solon; 18 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and two nieces, Violet Kamerling and Donna Arthur.
Preceding Velma in death were her parents, Samuel Willis and Margaret Salena Haigh Yeater; a great-grandson, William Zerbe Jr.; three brothers and three sisters; three sons-in-law, William Zerbe, Luverne Weber and Patrick Leonard; and one daughter-in-law, Janet Taylor.
Velma was born Aug. 18, 1907, in Muscatine. When she was 5-years-old, she and her family moved to Cedar County. She married Walter E. Taylor on Sept. 1, 1928, at Muscatine. He died in 1984. She and her niece Margaret Kadlec decorated many homes in the Mechanicsville area. Velma was a longtime member of the Mechanicsville United Methodist Church, Methodist Women and the Royal Neighbors.
Velma and Walter enjoyed traveling and camping, especially going to Arizona in the winter. She enjoyed crafting and sewing.
In lieu of flowers and green plants, memorials in Velma’s honor may be made to Hospice of Mercy and the Mechanicsville American Legion Auxiliary.