Taylors purchase Miller Funeral Home, Inc. - 1977

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Miller (Taylor) Funeral Home Livery & Staff
(L-R) Berl Miller; Paul K. Dugal
Meredith Parker & David W. Taylor

David W. Taylor graduated in 1973, from The Dallas Institute Mortuary Science, Dallas, TX. and promptly began his mortuary career by serving his apprenticeship at Miller Funeral Home, Inc.

In 1975, David moved to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, to become Mortician for the Arabian-American Oil Co. (ARAMCO). In 1976, he wed Ann G. Koupal & she returned to Arabia with him, after her graduation from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Mo., with a degree in Finance. While in Arabia, Ann worked in the ARAMCO Treasury Dept.

David & Ann purchased Miller Funeral Home, Inc., in 1977, & returned in 1978, to Farmington. They moved into the same upstairs funeral home apartment previously home to both the Neiderts & then Millers.

Several changes were made to the facility & livery. The office underwent a major renovation & the utilities were modernized.

Being unable to acquire adjacent property to enlarge, the hunt was on for a more suitable location that would allow more spacious rooms & a parking lot! More about that later......

The photo depicts the Livery upgrade to "matching colors." A first for a St. Francois Co. funeral home to have ALL funeral vehicles identical in color. One of many 'Innovations' introduced.

Many 'Farmingtonians' will recall the 9' tall, mufti-tiered, outdoor fountain installed in front of the main chapel. Statuary & plantings were were added to further enhance the physical appearance.

About this same time, in the late 1970's -or- early 1980's a 5' tall aquarium was added in the funeral home. That aquarium was  a "tradition" that families recalled instantly upon seeing it & enjoy gazing at the brightly colored goldfish. At night, the floodlit aquarium almost makes the fish to appear fluorescent. Several fish have been "named" by children who like to visit !

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