Rhea Ann Osburn Taylor, 70, of Mt. Perry, died at 9:27 PM Friday December 11, 2009 at Genesis Morrison House Hospice.
Rhea was born February 16, 1939 in Gratiot the daughter of the late Fred and Ethel Gutridge Osburn. A 1957 graduate of Hopewell High School, Rhea’s enjoyment of playing the coronet led her to participate in the Hopewell High School Alumni Band which performs yearly during the Gratiot 4th of July celebration. Her passion for music motivated participation in the Gratiot and Brownsville United Methodist Church choirs and the Greater Zanesville Singers. Rhea graduated from 3B School of Beauty and Ohio School of Barbering and was an instructor in cosmetology for continuing education classes. Rhea was employed by Regis Styling in Zanesville for 14 years and provided styling services at Bethesda and Good Samaritan Hospitals for 10 years thru the volunteer department. Rhea took an active role in community service by participating as a member of the Brownsville United Methodist Church Board, active member of the Muskingum County Election Board, community care-giver at Good Samaritan Hospital and as “Clippy” the clown thru Genesis Hospice.
Rhea did more than merely touch the lives around her; she left them painted with bold, bright colors that will never fade. She will be forever missed by family and friends.
Rhea’s life’s work varied as a homemaker, wife of 42 years to husband: T. Larry Taylor, mother to: Kathy (John) Aksterowicz, David Worthington, Rodney (Teresa) Taylor, Debra Wiltsie Ludovico, Ginger (Harold) Kinney and Jill (Jim) Mobley, grandmother to: Justin and Jayme Aksterowicz, Michael, Ashley, John, and Tabitha Taylor, Kimber and Elizabeth Ludovico and Leah and James III Mobley, sister to: Marilyn (Harry) Carson and Carol Lenhart, aunt to: several nieces and nephews and a friend to many special friends especially Josh Worthington, Wayne West and her childhood friend Patty Rambo.
Rhea was preceded in death by her parents and grandchildren: Thomas and Lauren Mobley.
Visitation for Rhea will be 2:00 – 4:00 and 6:00 – 8:00 PM Monday December 14, 2009 at Bryan & Snider Funeral Home 2318 Maple Ave. where funeral services will be at 2:00 PM Tuesday December 15, 2009. Rev. Tom Uppole will officiate with committal service to follow at Poplar Fork Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in Rhea’s memory to Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Eastern Regional Medical Center, 1331 East Wyoming Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19124.
To share memories and condolences with the Taylor family, visit Rhea’s memorial on-line registry at www.BryanSniderFuneralHome.com. Condolences from the site will be printed and become a part of the family’s guest registry.