SIKESTON -- Ida Ross Kerr of Sikeston entered her eternal rest on Sept. 5, 2012, at the Clearview Nursing Center in Sikeston.
Born May 16, 1914, near Parma, daughter of the late William Martin and Louisa Jane Odom Ross, she lived in Southeast Missouri her entire life. She was a cook in several restaurants in Sikeston including the Rustic Rock Inn, the War Drum, the Dunn Hotel and the Sikeston Country Club. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Morehouse and had been a member of the Zalma, Morehouse and Sikeston chapters of the Eastern Star. Ida enjoyed working in her garden, canning and quilting. She loved her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
She first married Emory Abbott. On Dec. 14, 1939, at Charleston, she married Manuel J. Taylor Sr., who preceded her in death on Sept. 21, 1950. She later married Amzia Kerr of Zalma, who preceded her in death on July 11, 1984.
In addition to her parents and husbands, she was also preceded in death by her brothers William Ross, Luther Ross, Charles Ross and Jewel Ross, her sisters, Bertha Ross and Daisy Petty, two stepsons Manuel J. "Jack" Taylor Jr. and Walter R. Taylor; and two grandchildren.
She is survived by: one son, Gene Abbott of Morehouse; two daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Reginald Day of Carthage and Sarah Jane and Garland Hughes of Sikeston; grandsons Michael Bell of Carthage, Dale Lee (Jetti) Bell of Reeds, Thomas (Laura) Hughes of Prince Frederick, Md., Todd (Stephanie) Hughes of Maryland Heights, Phillip (Sandy) Taylor of Cordova, Tenn., and Robert Taylor of Mississippi; granddaughters, Tara (Kevin) Young of Sikeston, Robin Mee of Rockwall, Texas, Lisa (Jimmy) Trickett of San Antonio, Texas, Sandy (Brad) Guthrie of Cordova, Sherry (Chuck) Meeks of Milledgeville, Tenn., Judy (Allen) Mather of Arlington, Texas, and Patti (Doug) Shields of Houston; and several great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 3 p.m. until time of memorial services at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Nunnelee Funeral Chapel in Sikeston. The Rev. Randy Conn of First Baptist Church of Morehouse will officiate.
A private interment will follow at a later date.
The Nunnelee Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.