Dixie Ruth Taylor

October 18, 1941 ~ July 22, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old


Dixie Ruth Taylor, 81, of Rosenberg, Texas, passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 22, 2023, surrounded by loved ones in Rosenberg, Texas.  She was born on October 18, 1941, in Lone Cedar, Texas, between Center and Joaquin to Richard Wagstaff and Janie Huff Wagstaff.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 26, 2023, at 10AM at Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas with L.D. Eddins officiating. Interment will follow at Willow Grove Cemetery.  

Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 9AM at Mangum Funeral Home.

She married Joe H. Taylor in 1958 and raised 3 children. The family resided in Louisiana for many years until settling in Rosenburg, Texas. Dixie drove the school bus for Lamar CISD until retirement and then drove the school bus for Needville ISD for many more years.  Following the passing of her husband Joe after 58 years of marriage, Dixie married Ralph Barnes of Rosenberg until his passing a few years later.

Dixie was a member of Avenue N Church of Christ in Rosenberg, Texas. For the past few years Dixie has resided in Fort Bend Healthcare Center in Rosenberg, Texas battling a lengthy illness.

She is survived by her sons,

Richard H. Taylor Sr. and wife Susie of Damon, Texas

William E. Taylor of Rosenburg, Texas


Donna Taylor Wilson and husband Craig of Sargent, Texas


Rick Taylor and Jenifer Norville of Needville, Texas

Joani Taylor Masliah and husband Romain of Sulniac, France

Tammy Taylor Lopez and husband Daniel of Rosenberg, Texas

Megan Taylor Brenner and husband Eric of Yokosuka, Japan

Trevor Preuss of Wallis, Texas

Kaitlyn Preuss Smyth and husband Josh of Wallis, Texas

9 Great-Grandchildren

Dixie is preceded in death by her husbands, Joe Howard Taylor, Ralph Barnes; parents, Richard E. Wagstaff and Janie Huff Wagstaff Hughes; daughters, Beverly Jane Taylor, Laura Jane Taylor; sisters, Francis Rendon and Mary Clark.

Pallbearers serving will be Bill Taylor, Richard Taylor, Patrick Layton, Rene Rendon, Daniel Lopez, Aiden Lopez, and Craig Wilson.

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July 26, 2023

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Mangum Funeral Home
420 San Augustine St
Center, Texas 75935

Funeral Service
July 26, 2023

10:00 AM
Mangum Funeral Home
420 San Augustine St
Center, Texas 75935


Willow Grove Cemetery
Joaquin, TX 75954


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