Della Catherine Smith, born 5
November 1880, was the daughter of James Thomas and Sarah (Sanders) Smith. She married Fleming Letcher Taylor, March 22,
1913, at Select,
This couple had four children: two sons, Jewel D.; Eldred S. Taylor; and two daughters, Evelyn Taylor and Valois Taylor.
Excerpt from Grandmother’s tape recording about Aunt Della’s family:
Jerri: “How come she wound up with all the work?”
Grandmother: “Yes, but we all helped with that – but Della
did the ironing. I never ironed a thing
in my life until I was married. I didn’t
know anything. But we would carry the
wood in and build a fire around the kettle, and keep the fire going, and
carried her water to rinse in. We had a
“Della always done the ironing, and Ma did the sewing. Everything was starched and ironed as slick as a ribbon, and Della was the one that done it. And on them old flat irons, where they would get black on them. GM: Yes, but we helped. But she did all the ironing.”
Excerpt from Evelyn Elmore’s letter to me – July 25, 2010:
“Yes, Mother was the oldest child and
was named for Great Grandma Fidella (Porter) Sanders (and aunt Caddie
Stinchfield – her name was Della Catherine (Smith)
“Grandma Fidella came and got mother when she was born and kept her almost 2-1/2 years til Uncle Charley was born. (She was spoiled – by her two uncles and the Sanders). So they told Grandma to get Della’s (mother) clothes ready – Grandpa was coming to get her (so she could watch her Baby Brother and rock the cradle, if or when he cried. She said Della kicked and screamed for Grandma Sanders as she was handed up to Grandpa Jimmy on a horse. So…Mother said she cared for each child as they came along. Next was Aunt Lizzie – Bettie - (“Auntie” to us and Retha and Darrell). Then Uncle Ellis, then Aunt Eva, then Aunt Ella and then Uncle Harb, (Ollie Perry died at four years old). Then came Aunt Fannie Mae.
“Mother got her horse and went to Select (pronounced SEE-lect per Grandmother Cox- JB) after grocery’s, etc. Grandmother “Sarah” had typhoid fever – was in the parlor – away from the family. She went into a coma for about two days and nights and Mrs. Raley would set by her bed day and night and take wet cotton and keep her lips damp – no response – and Grandpa was worried sick. They would keep the children in the yard a lot.”
Tape of July 22, 1978: Grandmother: “I’ll tell you, your Aunt Della could cook biscuits. Yes, she could, and my Aunt Josie could too. Aunt Josie cooked like grandma.”
When we visited
Aunt Della and grandmother had a nice visit, although Aunt Della died on the last morning of their visit. They went by to tell her goodbye, only to learn that she had passed away during the night. The girls (Eula Mae, Retha and Darrell) thought it best not to tell her for fear it would upset her so terribly and spoil the trip, so they waited until they got back to Summerfield to tell her. And she accepted it very well as she was so thankful to have seen all her brothers and sisters once more – Uncle Harb, Uncle Ellis, Aunt Ella and Aunt Della, who ranged in age from 78 to 95. Aunt Della was ninety five when she passed away.
Obituary was carried in The
Mrs. Della Taylor
BEAVER DAM – Mrs. Della Taylor, 94, died Friday, October 17, Ohio County Rest Home, Beaver Dam.
Survivors include two daughters, Valois Shuffett and Evelyn Elmore, both of Louisville; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Harb and Ellis Smith, both of Cromwell, and two sisters, Mrs. Ella Stewart, Cromwell, and Mrs. Eva Cox, Troup, Texas.
services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, October 19, at 2 p.m., Danks Funeral Home,
with the Rev. Malcolm Couch, pastor of Liberty United Methodist Church,
officiating. Burial was in
"Letcher Taylor Dies at Age 83"
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Della Smith Taylor; two daughters, Mrs. Evelyn Elmore and Mrs. Valois Shuffette, both of Louisville; two sons, Jewell Taylor, Beaver Dam; Eldred Taylor, Terre Haute, Ind., and nine grandchildren.
Funeral services were held
at 2 p.m. Monday at the
Pallbearers were Kenneth Baize, Samuel Crowder, John Iler, Arthur Crabb, Charles Smith and Roy Stewart."
Another obituary in The Ohio County News,