Virginia Lee Russell Taylor

Virginia Lee Russell Taylor, 90, of Prairie Village, Kansas died on January 26, 2024. “Ginny Lee” was born on August 30, 1933, the only child of Rahe James Russell and Virginia Elizabeth Anthony Russell of Independence, Missouri. She graduated from William Chrisman High School in Independence in 1951. She then attended SMU in Dallas where she joined Delta Gamma and was “Sweetheart of Sigma Chi.” In 1955, she graduated and moved back home to Kansas City where her parents had moved to Romany Road. She worked as a speech therapist for the Kansas City Missouri school district. A neighbor on Romany, Mary Phil Ruddy, introduced her to her younger brother, Wilmot Taylor. They were married in 1958 until he died in 1978.

Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Amy Taylor Haun, Polly Taylor Revare, and Steven Lake Revare. She leaves eight grandchildren: Ellen Virginia Haun and her husband, Dru Johnston, Grace Taylor Haun, Polly Josephine Haun, Virginia Taylor Revare Lambert and her husband, Julian Lambert, Graham Wilmot Revare, Frank Davis Revare, Henry Payne Revare, and Russell Lake Revare. A new great-grandson, Bruce Johnston, brought her much joy this past year. She also leaves nieces, nephews, and friends.

Throughout her life, she held leadership positions in various organizations, such as the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri, Delta Gamma, and Camp Fire Girls. She was an antique dealer for over 50 years, first at Old Market in the West Plaza, the Hope Chest in Bucyrus, Kansas, and the Log Cabin in Lone Jack, Missouri, from 1987 to 2019. She collected fruit jars, Santas, and wall pockets. When live auctions were popular, she and her partner Bruce Coryell could be found most weekends stocking up on inventory.

She loved animals, always keeping dogs and cats in multiples. She traveled to Africa twice and the Arctic Circle with her father and daughter. She loved theatre and had season tickets for many years to the KC Rep, Quality Hill, Music Theatre Heritage, and KCAT. She was an ardent fan of the Chiefs, Royals, and Tom’s Town.

In 1960, she and Wilmot moved to 68th Street in Prairie Village where she lived until the end of her life. We would like to thank the 68th Street neighbors, especially Laura Kenney. Also, thanks to the caretakers at The Village on Mission.

Cremation. No services. The family requests no flowers and suggests donations to the MS Society or Great Plains SCP.

She was our rock, and we’ll miss her dearly.


  1. Chuck and Nancy Campbell on January 27, 2024 at 5:49 pm

    Chuck and I are so sorry to hear of Ginny’s passing. She and Chuck spent many hours talking about farming and just life in general. She will be missed.

  2. Julian Lambert on January 27, 2024 at 9:07 pm

    Con todo mi corazón le doy pésames a la familia Revare. Rezo por el espíritu de una mujer tan linda conmigo y mi familia. Besitos de “Mr. Handsome”

    With all my heart I extend my condolences to the Revare family. I pray for the spirit of such a beautiful woman with me and my family. Kisses from “Mr.Handsome”

  3. Skip & Saundra Johnson on January 29, 2024 at 10:01 am

    Ginny was such a funny and warm person. We met her at American Heartland Theatre and would love talking to her and her theater friends. She talked us into going to New Theater which we still attend and think of her at every show. She would relate stories about her family everytime we saw her. We made several trips to The Log Cabin to see her and her new finds. She was special and will be missed.

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