Brittie Taliaferro

Brittie Jean Taliaferro, 92, died Wednesday, July 1, 2009, at Windsor Place in Iola.
She was born July 10, 1916, in Wichita, the daughter of Marsden Lacon and Lucy Amelia “Minnie” Mather Lansdowne. She graduated in 1939 from Friends University in Wichita with a bachelor of arts degree.
She and Howard Canon Taliaferro were married Nov. 27, 1940, in Wichita. They were both teachers. She taught at Fall River near Severy and at Beaumont. They bought a farm and moved to Chase County in 1950 where she taught music at Matfield Green and Cassoday. She also taught music in Wichita, Milford, Walden, Colo., Walsh, Colo., and in Chase County in 1965 where she taught at Matfield Green and Strong City. She taught more than 40 years before her retirement. When she was in Colorado, she was the lead woman in the opera “Madame Butterfly” at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. She and her husband worked as campground hosts in Seeley Lake, Mont., for three years and Swan Lake, Mont., for one year. He died May 6, 2001.
She was a member of Hillside Christian Church in Wichita and later Matfield Community Church. She was a member of Business and Professional Women. When she was at Friends University, she was a member of the Singing Quakers. She served as pianist and vocalist for many churches and directed and participated in countless musical programs.
She is survived by a son, Howard N., Strong City, three daughters, Jean Anderson, Iola, E. Audine Zuschek, Littleton, Colo., and Marjorie Tenkula, Nolalu, Ontario, Canada; 14 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
A daughter, Carol, died in 1965, and two sisters, Lucille Eisloeffel and Faith McClurg, and four brothers, Marsden, Douglas, Wendell, and Joe Lansdowne, also died earlier.
Funeral services were Monday at Matfield Community Church in Matfield Green. The Rev. John Ratzlaff officiated. Burial was in Southlawn Cemetery south of Severy.
Memorial contributions to Brittie Jean Taliaferro Memorial Music Scholarship at Chase County High School may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845.
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