Mary Ruth Kirkland, 78

Graveside services for Mary Ruth Kirkland, 78, of West Plains, were held May 6, 2023, at Baptist Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.    

Mrs. Kirkland died at 5:05 a.m. May 1, at West Vue Nursing Center in West Plains. 

She was born in 1944 to Marion Taylor and Minerva Beard Taylor.  

On March 7, 1970, she was married in Ozark County to Kenneth Kirkland, who preceded her in death on Sept. 3, 2017.  

Mrs. Kirkland worked at the West Plains Bank for 26 years, as well as helping Kenny on their farm near Caulfield.

She is survived by eight nephews: Jimmy Taylor and wife Debbie, Vigil Goodwin and wife Azira, Joe Taylor and wife Arlene, David Climer and wife Suzanne, Glenn Climer and wife Jane, Mathew Taylor and wife Becky, Shannon Taylor and wife Erin and Cahen Taylor; two nieces, Sally Hunt and Courtney Bledsoe and husband Gary; and all her great-nephews and great-nieces she loved and tried to spoil.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers: Clinton Taylor and Dennis Taylor, her two sisters: Velma Taylor and Louise Climer, one sister-in-law, Lucy Taylor and one nephew Clinton Taylor Jr.

Memorial contributions may be made to Baptist Hill Cemetery and may be left at or mailed to Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, 211 West Main, West Plains, MO  65775. Online condolences may be expressed at   

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