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Betty Lois Taylor

April 18, 1931 July 11, 2019
Betty Lois Taylor
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Obituary for Betty Lois Taylor
Betty Lois Taylor, 88, of Rockford, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2019 at her home in Rockford surrounded by her loving family. She was born April 18, 1931 in Centerville, SD, the daughter of Arthur John and Veva Hannah (Engman) Knispel. Betty married James Richard Taylor Sr. on November 3, 1947 in Broadus, MT. She worked as a waitress at the Winnebago Village Café, Perkins Restaurant & Bakery in Rockford, Forest Hills Country Club in Loves Park and Hamilton Sundstrand cafeteria in Rockford. She also was a receptionist at Hillcrest Animal Hospital in Rockford. She was a member of the Illinois Women’s Bowling Association and competed in the national senior bowling tournament for 30 continuous years. She enjoyed reading, swimming at the Dolphin Swim Club in Loves Park, going to the casino and volunteering for Lifescape Community Services and Visiting Nurses Association both in Rockford.

Betty is survived by her children, Linda (Mark) Birnbaum of Rockford, Ellen “Ellie” Aughenbaugh of Rockford, James R. (Nancy) Taylor Jr. of Rockford, Keith (Stephani) Taylor of Rockford;

grandchildren, Joe Birnbaum, Tiffany Birnbaum, Kimberly (John) Haase, Barbara (Vic) Bourgord, James R. (Jen) Taylor III, Brian (Jessica) Anderson, Shawn (Kara) Anderson, Berkeley (Tiffany) Taylor, Sean (Rebecca) Powers, Samantha Powers;

great-grandchildren, Riley and Kaden Birnbaum, Hanna and Violet Birnbaum, Brianna and Meagan Haase, Sequoyah, Crescent and Gryffin Anderson, Owen and Ellery Anderson, Mathew, Brittany and Victor III Bourgord, Zachery and Luna Taylor, Braedyn Sisson Powers;

great-great-grandson, Abel Bussan; sister-in-law’s, Gloria Knispel, Cheri Knispel; many nephews and nieces.

Betty is predeceased by her husband, James R. Taylor Sr.; brothers, James M. Knispel, Walter “Waddy” Knispel, Kendall Knispel; sister-in-law’s, Mary Knispel, Marcella Knispel.

Funeral service 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at City First Church, 5950 Spring Creek Rd., Rockford with Pastor Garret Balcitis officiating. Visitation 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at Genandt Funeral Home, 602 N. Elida St., Winnebago. Interment at Willwood Burial Park in Rockford. In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established for the Illinois Bowling Scholarship Fund. For an online obituary and tributes go to
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4:00 PM 7/16/2019 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 7/16/2019 7:00:00 PM
Genandt Funeral Home

602 N. Elida St.
Winnebago, IL 61088

Genandt Funeral Home
602 N. Elida St. Winnebago 61088 IL
United States

Funeral Service




11:00 AM 7/17/2019 11:00:00 AM
City First Church

5950 Spring Creek Rd.
Rockford, IL 61114

City First Church
5950 Spring Creek Rd. Rockford 61114 IL
United States

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Willwood Burial Park Final Resting Place

7000 W. State St.
Rockford, IL 61102

7000 W. State St. Rockford 61102 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Illinois Bowling Scholarship Fund


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