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Donna M. Taylor

Donna Marie (Saunchegrow) Taylor

Sept. 6, 1945- Dec. 24, 2016


Donna Marie (Saunchegrow) Taylor, the tenth child of Freddie and Dimples (Doss) Saunchegrow was born on September 6, 1945 in South St. Louis and departed this life at her home on December 24, 2016 at the age of 71 years.

Donna being the youngest, was naturally spoiled by her older siblings, she was so little that they used one of her father’s handkerchief as a diaper. Donna also had polio as a child. It has been told that if Donna could not have her way, she would have tantrums and hold her breathe until she got her way, a few times she passed out.  It is hard to reconcile this to the quite woman that most knew her to be. Being just two years older than her first nephews (the twins), Donna grew up along with her nieces and nephews, more as an older sister than aunt thus forming special bonds with each of them.

Most of Donna’s life was spent living in South St. Louis, she attended Humbolt Elementary and in 1964 graduated from McKinley High School. She also attended Wurduck Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Donna was married to Larry Taylor from 1973 until his death in 2014 after 41 years of marriage. Being close to her sister Janet, Donna and Larry purchased their home across the street from the Hassler’s, where she could help with Janet’s three sons.

For many years, Donna worked as a data entry clerk at the Jefferson Gravois Bank, until it was purchased by the Bank of America and she was relocated to the downtown office from where she retired from.

Donna enjoyed reading and going out to eat with family and friends. She would attend the monthly Goldbug luncheons and every Friday evening she would have dinner with longtime friends Linda and Sandy.

Donna is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Larry, five sisters: Gloria (Peachy) Binder, Virginia Goede, Janet Hassler, Jean Ussery and Carol Saunchegrow, two brothers: Vernon and Donald Saunchegrow, one niece Beverly and nephew Clifford.

She is survived by two sisters: Helen (Ed) Hahler and Maureen Saunchegrow, a special nephew Mark Hassler, son of her heart. Ten nephews: Art, Vernon G., Gary, Jeffery, Joe, Mike, Donnie, Freddie, Herbert and Vernon S., nine nieces: Debbie, Linda, Cindy, Betsy, Susie, LuAnn, Nancy, Vickie and Denise, a host of great and great-great nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Each person has a special memory of Donna, she will be missed by those who knew and loved her.


Services:  Visitation will be held at McLaughlin Funeral Home, Wednesday,  Dec. 28, 4 to 8 pm. Funeral Service will be held Thursday, Dec 29, at 11:00 am, then to Pond Cemetery, Wildwood, MO for a 12:30 pm graveside service. In lieu of flowers, donations appreciated to Special Olympics.



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