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Jowili "Mama Jo" Taylor Etchison went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
She was born in Kiowa County, Okla., on Dec. 26, 1919, to Clyde and Joe Emma Clare Taylor. They moved to Littlefield, Texas, when she was 12 years old.
She married Waymon Etchison on Nov. 15, 1941, in Littlefield. They farmed in Dawson and Glasscock counties. When Waymon retired in 1972 they moved to Big Spring.
She belonged to Hillcrest Baptist Church, where she was very active in teaching for more than 60 years. Bible school was another part of her church activities. She loved her church and the Christian fellowship.
She was a member of the Home Demonstration Club for more than 50 years and was recognized at the state convention for her services in that organization.
She leaves behind a legacy of having a kind and generous heart and an ever present smile, as well as being a great wife, a wonderful mother and mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother. A loyal friend to all who knew her, she loved to have company in her home and did much home cooking.
She is survived by a son, Taylor D. Etchison; a daughter, Gaylene Gambrel and husband Dean; a granddaughter, Whitney Sharp and husband Jason; two grandsons, Brian Etchison and wife Amy and Clayton Gambrel and wife Laurie; a granddaughter, Crystal Wu and husband Danny; step-grandchildren, Crystal Medlin and husband Chad, Melissa Adame and husband Michael and Chad Sumners and wife Farrah; and 13 great-grandchildren with another due in January 2014.
One brother, Norbin Taylor and wife also survive her, along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband; mother and father; and a brother, J.W. Taylor.
The family suggests memorials be made to Hillcrest Baptist Church, 2000 W. FM 700, Big Spring, Texas 79720; or to The Word at Work, 1400 Wolfin Ave., Amarillo, Texas 79109, Attn: King's Children's Home/Etchison Memorial (King's Children's Home is an orphanage in Belmopan, Belize, for physically and sexually abused children).
Arrangements under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com