Bonnie Sue Goddard Taylor (81)

Carmi, Illinois
Birth: January 11, 1938
Death: December 7, 2019

Bonnie Sue Goddard Taylor, 81, of Carmi, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville, Indiana.  Bonnie was born January 11, 1938, at her family home in Buncombe, Johnson County, Illinois, the second and last child of Bon Andrew Goddard and Helen Mae Hudgins.

After graduating from Vienna High School in 1955, Bonnie studied accounting and business occupations at the Vocational Technical Institute at SIU in Carbondale. On March 23, 1957, Bonnie married another Johnson County native and VTI student, Carl Leon Taylor, from the Taylor Church neighborhood, who served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Two children were born from their union, Mark Alan and Carla Joan. The family bond was so strong that after the deaths of Bonnie’s father and Carl’s mother, Helen Goddard and James Ralph Taylor married and spent their last years in Vienna. After working briefly in Benton, Illinois, Lampley Electric of Carmi hired Carl to be the new manager of their television parts department, relocating the family to Carmi in 1959. Bonnie worked for H&R Block for two years, then joined the staff of what became Kemper CPA Group. In 1985 she became office manager for Conley CPA Office, and spent almost thirty years with CPA Cindy Birk Conley. Bonnie attended the Roads Church in Norris City, Illinois, and was a long time worker in the local jail ministry, Beacon of Hope. Born Methodist, Bonnie became a spirit filled Christian, always ready to share her love of the Lord with those around her. Bonnie was well known for her love of Jesus, hearts and doves, and most anything blue.

Bonnie lost her husband Carl in February, 2017, and her daughter Carla Joan in December of that year. Her son, Mark Alan Taylor and wife Vicky live in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, while Carla’s husband, Duane Ediger, lives in Nolensville, Tennessee. Her grandchildren are Mathew Alan Taylor (wife Pam Kehoe) of Farmington, Ohio, and Amanda Dawn Taylor Carnes (husband Mike Carnes) of Bluford, Illinois, and two step-grandchildren, Jason Lee Ediger (wife Ruchel) of Santa Rosa, California, and Brooke Mariah Boor (husband Zach Boor) of Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado. Great-grandchildren include Madison Abigail Taylor, Wyatt Lane Carnes, Jacob Dylan Taylor and three step-great-grandchildren, Scarlett Lee Ediger, Leonard Vaughn Boor and Colton Dominic Ediger. Bonnie is also survived by her brother, Joe Goddard (wife Shirley) of La Jolla, California, and brother-in-laws, Kenneth (Faye) Taylor of Vienna, Connie (Janice) Taylor of Vienna, Jimmy (June) Taylor of Mesa, Arizona, and one sister in law, Joyce (Jim Bob) Gray of Vienna.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. for Bonnie Taylor on Monday, December 16, 2019 at the Roads Church in Norris City. Friends may call at 10 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be at Taylor Cemetery near Vienna. Cook Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Those who wish to honor Bonnie may do so by donating to Beacon of Hope Jail Ministry, CBN, TBN, or the Roads Church.

Visitation: The Roads Church-Norris City, Monday, December 16, 2019 - 10am - 12pm
Service: The Roads Church-Norris City, Monday December 16, 2019 - 12pm
Burial: Taylor Cemetery - Vienna, IL

3 thoughts on “Bonnie Sue Goddard Taylor”

  1. To Our Bonnie from Her Brother Joe

    A cultural web site states that “Bonnie is a quintessential Scottish name that will never go out of fashion, Bonnie is the Scots word for beautiful, pretty, stunning and attractive. Bonnies tend to have an inimitable personality.”

    No name could be more appropriate for the lady whose life we celebrate and whose passing we mourn. My sister Bonnie was beautiful not only in appearance but also in spirit. If angels exist, they have just welcomed a beautiful new companion.

    Bonnie was a loving daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and aunt. As aunt, she doted on our five children and stayed in contact with several of them. Her love spread well beyond her family and, as her obituary points out, she was a volunteer in the Beacon of Hope jail ministry.

    Bonnie was blessed with many close friends and loving relatives, and I would like to express our undying gratitude to Cindy Birk Conley, Bonnie’s former employer and faithful friend of nearly forty years. Cindy helped Bonnie in countless ways with her financial and medical affairs and kept us up to date on the important details. Bonnie’s son-in-law Duane Ediger, sharing the recent loss of his wife and her daughter, Carla Joan, has served like a devoted son.

    We should also acknowledge all the caregivers cited in Bonnie’s obituary who looked after her during her final difficult years. Special thanks are due to Jamie Nesler and family, whose loving care and companionship added immeasurably to the quality and duration of Bonnie’s life.

    Bereft of her, I recall a verse of the Scottish song some of us used to tease her with, “My Bonnie lies over the ocean, my Bonnie lies over the sea, my Bonnie lies over the ocean, O bring back my Bonnie to Me.” However impossible the last line, I shall recall it on her birthday for the rest of my life. May she rest in eternal peace.

    1. Some caregivers’ names, omitted from the obituary are: Jamie Nesler, Jeremiah Martin, Velma Pennington, Mary Overturf, Debbie Sullivan, Dafney Ray-Ann Winebarger, Dakota James Nesler, and Sandy and Brooklyn Hogue. Joe Goddard

  2. Since meeting Bonnie my life has change in ways I’m only now realizing. Bonnie help bring me closer to Jesus she once made me promise not to mourn her but he joyful because she is where she wanted to be that was a promise I have been unable to keep. Not only did she bring me closer to Jesus but she also brought me closer to my mother I know call her almost everyday and that was all due to Bonnie’s persistence. Bonnie was my employer, my friend, my family and I am going to miss her dearly. If only we had one more day, one more week ,one more month all the things we would do and places we would go❤️

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