Mary Gardner Taublee Cole departed this life on October 8, 2009 at her home. Funeral Services were held October 11, 2009, from the Salyersville Funeral Home Chapel with Dallas Patrick, Johnnie Reed and Herlis Cole officiating. Burial followed in the Gardner Cemetery on Lick Branch in Salyersville, KY.
Mary was born April 25, 1914, to the parents of George and Minnie Dyer Gardner. She was from a family of 4 children, with 2 brothers, James and Carlos Gardner, who are both deceased and 1 sister, Mildred Back who resides at Salyersville, KY. On May 14, 1934, she married Lonnie Taulbee who preceded her in death on March 11, 1973. To their union was born 3 children: Gifford Taulbee and Shelbie Jean Regan who both preceded her in death. Ann Mae Back resides at Salyersville. Another adopted son, Phillip Williams, also resides at Salyersville. They also have a special grandson, Greg Taulbee of Springfield, Ohio whom they raised and loved as their own. Mary had 13 grandchildren (3 of whom are deceased), 11 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.
On November 2, 1974, Mary married Silas Cole who passed away on June 6, 1978.
While growing up as a young girl, Mary enjoyed attending school even though she had to walk 2 miles from Lick Branch to the Burgett School House and she also enjoyed attending church. When she was almost 18 years old, Mary gave her heart and life to the Lord. While rearing her family she always taught them about the Lord and encouraged them to live right. Many times you could hear her saying “Always tell the truth, you’ll come out a winner every time” and “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Mary lived on Lick Branch most of her life. When she married Lonnie, they moved to Wheelwright for a couple of years while Lonnie worked in the coal mines. Then, during the war, Mary and Lonnie moved to Carey, OH where they both worked in the tube mill factory. Later they moved to Sandusky and worked at Superior Coach. After their brief stay in Ohio, they came back to Kentucky and purchased property on Lick Branch. Lonnie farmed and continued to work in the coal mines for many years at Wheelwright and Breathitt Hill while Mary kept the farm and home going. Mary would gladly say she used to do everything to the crops except for plowing. Some of Mary’s favorite memories while living on Lick Branch were sitting out on her porch in late evenings with her family after meals and chores were over, and listening to Merdie Rowe singing from her porch up the hollow. Mary lived there until Lonnie died. In 1974, she moved to Route 30 and later to backstreet. She moved to Bear Branch in 1984 through 1991 and then moved back to Lick Branch in 1991 and lived there until 1996. In 1996, when the farm became too much for Mary to tend, she moved to town on Parkway Drive where she spent her remaining years in the company of her favorite cat, Tabby.
Throughout the years and continuing to the present, Mary’s hobbies have included reading her Bible, quilting and visiting with neighbors and friends.
While Mary has had her share of hardships, the one staying force that has seen her through it all has been love of God and her dependence on the Lord. Mary is one of the last precious few from a generation that relied solely on the Lord and held firmly to their convictions.
Simply, put, it is an honor to know and love Mary for she truly is the “salt of the earth.”
Mary’s final word to each of you are: “Hope we will all meet again someday.”
Mary Gardner Taulbee Cole
Wednesday, April 15, 1914 - 08:00
Thursday, October 8, 2009 - 07:00
Location of service:
Salyersville Funeral Home