Mary Jean (Perry) Dobbs Taft, age 71, of Somerset, Kentucky, formerly of Eubank, Kentucky, passed peacefully from this life on January 20, 2021, at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital with her beloved sister, Pat Haste, and two of her nieces, Lisa and Kandie, by her side. She battled chronic illness for a number of years.
She was born on August 29, 1949, as the youngest of three daughters in Nashville, Tennessee to William (Bill) Perry & Evelyn Faye (Murray) Perry, both of whom preceded her in death.
She grew up in Waynesburg, Kentucky, having been raised by her Grandad, David Nute Perry and her Granny, Mary Caldwell Perry. Her sister, Pat, has fond memories of their childhood and the love they felt from the grandparents and each other. Mary was always a practical joker as a child and even more so into adulthood. If you knew her well, chances are at some point she has pulled a joke on you and she loved every minute of it. She had a heart of gold and as the old saying goes she would literally give you the shirt off of her back if you needed it or simply just ask for it.
Mary was married to William Clayton "Pork" Taft of Marshalltown Iowa until his death. She was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Sue Perry, of Sidney Ohio, Tina Estep, of Nashville, Tennessee, two brothers, Lawrence Perry of Waynesburg, Kentucky and Tommy Estep of Nashville, Tennessee, and a brother-in-law, Archie Haste of Eubank, Kentucky.
Mary attended and was a member of Newell Christian Fellowship until the decline of her health.
She is survived by a daughter, Cynthia "Cindy" (Dobbs) York of Eubank, Kentucky, two sisters, Pat Haste, of Eubank, and Dorothy (Perry) Martin of Danville, Kentucky, two grandchildren, Brittany and Brandi York, 5 great grandchildren, and a host of family and friends that will miss her greatly. Mary was truly one of a kind.
Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m. and continue until the service begins at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at Pulaski Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Cole officiating.
Burial will be in Eubank Cemetery.
Pulaski Funeral Home is honored to assist the family with arrangements.
Mary's sister, Pat and her nieces, Lisa and Kandie, would like to thank Dr. Tonya Shea of LCMA for going above and beyond in caring for Mary throughout her illness. We also want to say a special thank you to emergency room doctor Paul Henley and emergency room nurse Jamie Stamper for the wonderful care Mary received during her last hours of life. Dr. Shea, Dr. Henley and Nurse Jamie were exceptional. They were patient, sympathetic, understanding and kind. We are so grateful.