Marda Ellen Eavenson Taylor
Marda Ellen Taylor went to be with the Lord in Corsicana, Texas on November 15, 2013. Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 am on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the Mulhall First United Methodist Church in Mulhall, OK at the church she grew up in. The Rev. Adrian Pollard will officiate. Interment will follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery in Mulhall. Viewing will begin at 4pm on Thursday, November 21, 2013, at the McRay Funeral Home. They family will be present at that time and will be receiving friends from 4pm to 6pm.
Marda was born Marda Ellen Eavenson on February 16, 1917 in Mulhall, OK on the family farm to Charles Eavenson and Bertha Kincaid Eavenson. Marda grew up in a family of two brothers and one sister. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Bruce Eavenson, and brother Charles Morgan Eavenson. She is survived by one sister, Edna Mae Berger of Ponca City, OK, and a sister-in-law, Norma Eavenson of Oklahoma City,OK. Marda’s only daughter, Brenda Goins and husband Richard live in Mabank,TX. Marda has been living in Texas close to Brenda and Richard for the last 11 years. Marda is also survived by many nieces and nephews as well as two step grandchildren, Michael Goins and wife Wendy of Tulsa,OK and Gina Kirby of Mabank,TX as well as four step great grandchildren Tanner Goins and Michaella Goins and Jason Kirby and Spencer Kirby. She loved being Auntie Marda and Mee-Maw.
After graduating from Mulhall High School in 1934 Marda married Thomas Alexander Taylor of Walters, OK. They were married on July 15, 1934 in Guthrie, OK. Tom preceded her in death in 1996. In their sixty-one years of marriage, Tom’s work in the oil business took them through many moves in many states. They had moved 55 times before Brenda was born in 1944. Marda loved being a mom. In 1956 when Brenda was twelve they moved to Chickasha and settled in for the last move. Marda worked in retail for many years. She first went to work at Heister’s Gift Shop in 1958. Two years later she went to work at Boren Malone. She loved selling china and crystal to the brides. In 1962 she went to the Dixie Store and worked there in the ladies department for twenty years. In 1982 Marda went to work at the Powder Room Gift Shop, working there until her retirement in 1991. She was a diligent, creative worker on every job she took on.
Marda had many talents including; flower arranging, gardening, cooking, sewing, decorating, clothing design, serving the public, but most of all being a great wife, mother and friend. She loved her church family and was active at Epworth United Methodist Church. She and Tom were members of the Wedding Ring Class for many years. She was active in WSCS starting in 1948 in Elk City, OK. Her church circle was one of the connections she treasured. Marda was also active in Altrusa and Philo Mathes.
Marda’s special warmth and loving spirit were reflected to those who knew her. She loved people and always found herself serving in one way or another. Marda’s beautiful smile and infectious laugh will be close to the hearts of those who knew her. Her Christian beliefs were lived out in the way she treated others. "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have kept the Faith."
Memorials on Marda’s behalf may be sent to The Wedding Ring Class at Epworth United Methodist Church in Chickasha or First Community Church, 1401 Trinity Drive, P. O. Box 238, Crandall, TX 75114.