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Judith Holladay Bryan Taylor


Judith Holladay Bryan Taylor, age 76, of Mena, Arkansas died peacefully at her home Wednesday, January 7, 2015. Judy was born to Mildred Dawson Holladay and George E. Holladay, November 23, 1938 on a farm near Hico, Texas.

She majored in English at Tarleton State College, where she was editor of the school newspaper. She later worked as a secretary at Texas Gas and Oil Exploration in downtown, Houston, Texas. She married Robert M. Bryan, Sr. and raised three children in the Spring Branch neighborhood of Houston.  She later married Stephen Taylor, Sr. and resided in Bergheim, Texas before retiring to Mena, Arkansas.

Judy enjoyed homemaking, entertaining, and decorating. She was a hiker and camper who loved nature, and an avid traveler, always ready for the next adventure.  In her later years, she took up jewelry design and was a regular bridge player at the local senior center.

Judy was a great support to friends, and family, and will be greatly missed by her survivors: children, Robert M. Bryan, Jr. and family Lisa and Jada of Oklahoma, Heather Bryan of Arkansas; former husbands, who remained friends, Robert M. Bryan, Sr. of Arkansas and Stephen Taylor, Sr. and family of Texas and Nebraska; nephews, nieces and their families, Joe Holladay and wife Angela of Oklahoma, Deborah Urban and husband Michael of Virginia, Duska Roos and husband Allen of New Jersey, Jorge Gonzalez and wife Betty of Texas, Luis Gonzalez and wife Susana of La Paz, Bolivia; and countless friends and extended family and her beloved dog.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her youngest child, Geoffrey Bryan; sister, Georgia Gonzalez and husband Luis Gonzalez, Sr.; and brother, Geoffrey Holladay, and wife Letitia Rutledge Holladay.

A Memorial service will be held Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Beasley Wood Chapel in Mena, which all are invited to attend.

Those wishing to give in her name may donate to any of the following:  The Mena-Polk County Senior Center, The Mena-Polk County Library, The Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center, or The Mena Art Gallery.

Arrangements are made under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

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