Beverly S. Talley


Beverly S. Talley, 84, of Mexico, passed away at 4:10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, at Noble Health Audrain Community Hospital in Mexico. 

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 17, at Arnold Funeral Home with Lindsey Yancey officiating. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery. 

Visitation is Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. 

Beverly was born on Feb. 22, 1937, in Excello, the daughter of William F. and Dorothy Lee (Roberts) Smith. On June 27, 1954, she married John Wiley Talley at the First Christian Church in Mexico. He passed away on April 27, 2007. 

Mrs. Talley was a 1955 graduate of Mexico High School. She worked for Bobbie Brooks Garment Factory in Vandalia for 18 years and then in the Mexico Post Office for 12 years as a substitute mail carrier. 

Beverly was an avid line dancer and won many awards at the Missouri State Fair. She and Wiley rode their motorcycle all summer and took many trips on it with friends. They enjoyed winters in Weslaco, Texas and would always take their motorcycle with them. 

Mrs. Talley was a member of the Annie Arnold Circle of the King’s Daughters and a life member of Beta Sigma Phi. She was also a member of the Littleby Baptist Church and the Red Hat Club. 

Survivors include two children, Daniel F. (Carrie) Talley and Noralie T. Crow; four grandchildren, Joshua (Abby) Biggers, Lindsey (Josh) Yancey, Lucas (Christy) Biggers and Nicholas Crow (Jessica Arnold); eight great-grandchildren, Jude and Myles Yancey, Stella, Kade and Avery Biggers, Lacey and Wiley Biggers and Keegan Daughtery; one sister, Linda (Richard) Rivers of New Orleans, La.; one brother, Stephen (Judy) Smith of Mexico; and several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her husband, Wiley, Beverly was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Michael L. Smith. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Littleby Baptist Church. They may be sent in care of Arnold Funeral Home, 425 S. Jefferson, Mexico, MO 65265.

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