LEXIE GLADYS BRYANT DEAN TAYLOR
Lexis Gladys Bryant Dean Taylor died Dec. 5, 2012, after a short illness in St. Augustine, Fla.
She was born June 11, 1913, to Millard and Rosa (Little) Bryant in Morgan County.
She is survived by a son, Charles William Dean of Shelbyville, and a daughter, Judy Andrews of St. Augustine, Fla.; granddaughter, Katherine “Kacky” Dudley Andrews of University Park, Md.; and a grandson, David Bryant Andrews and his wife, Joanie, and their children, Sarah Elizabeth, Catherine Adair and David Conway of Houston, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her son-in-law, David Monroe Andrews of St. Augustine; husband, O.H. Taylor; sister, Eunice Bryant Blevins; and brothers, Warren and Ireland, all of Mount Sterling.
She is survived by sisters Mabel McClure and Elizabeth Vassetti of Louisville and Katherine Goodwin of Fort Pierce, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She lived most of her early life in Mount Sterling and graduated from Mount Sterling High School in 1931.
She was a graduate of the Kentucky Wesleyan College and began her teaching career in a two-room schoolhouse in Montgomery County, which she later visited at the age of 94. She received advanced degrees from the University of Kentucky and remained a Kentucky Wildcat fan all of her life.
During World War II, she was a supervisor at a munitions plant near Louisville. After the war ended, she moved to Winchester and returned to teaching. She taught elementary grades at Trapp, Hickman Street and Hannah McClure schools. She later became the pupil personnel director for Clark County Schools.
She returned to the classroom when she moved to Louisville late in her career. She was lauded by many students who had the opportunity to have her as a teacher as their favorite teacher.
She was a longtime member of the First Methodist Church in Winchester, and later when she retired to Ft. Myers, Fla., she joined Winkler Baptist Church where a former student was the minister.
She will be remembered for her giving spirit, her great energy and her creativity that she exhibited in so many venues: her classroom, her needlework, her gardens, and her beautiful Christmas candy boxes that contained a wide variety of homemade confections so artfully arranged and delighted by all who received them.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that a donation be made to Lexie Bryant Taylor Memorial Scholarship that has been established at Kentucky Wesleyan in Owensboro.