Judith Nell Taylor

Judith Nell Taylor, 69, first lady of Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, died Saturday morning, March 26, 2016, at her home in Bolivar.

She was born Feb. 15, 1947, in Martin, Tenn. to Lewis C. and Mary Nell Poyner Couch, who preceded her in death.

On June 8, 1968, she married Dr. C. Pat Taylor.

She lived her early years in Martin, Tenn., where she graduated from Martin High School. She then attended the University of Tennesse at Martin, where she earned her bachelor’s degree. She also received her master’s degree in 1971 at Western Kentucky University.

She and her husband moved to Bolivar in 1996 where Pat became the president and Judy was the First Lady of Southwest Baptist University. She was also an assistant professor at SBU from 1997-2006. In 2013 Judy was presented an Honorary Doctorate in Education degree from SBU.

Judy professed her faith in Christ early in her life, and was an active member of First Baptist Church in Bolivar.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Dr. C. Pat Taylor, of the home; two daughters, Marjo Elizabeth Gronewold and her husband, Tom, of Homer Glen, Ill., and Dr. Charla Couch Austermann and her husband, Dr. Adam, of Ellisville, Mo.; two grandsons, Drew and Luke; a sister, Jenny Dowell and her husband, Billy, of Union City, Tenn.; a niece Ginger Brasfield and her husband, Jay, of Jackson, Tenn.; a nephew, Billy Dowell, Jr. and his wife, Meredith, of Orlando, Fla.; a number of cousins, also other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services for Judith Nell Taylor will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in the Mabee Chapel on the campus of Southwest Baptist University, with the Dr. Billy Russell, Dr. Bob Agee and Dr. Charles Graham officiating, under the personal care of Kenneth R. Howe and the staff of Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Lebanon.

Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery at Bolivar.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday in the Sells Administration Center lobby at SBU in Bolivar.

Memorial donations to the Judy Taylor Campus Beautification Fund may be made through the funeral home.

Judy Taylor

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