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Stella (Hamlin) Taylor Mounce

Somerset, KY-Stella (Hamlin) Taylor Mounce went to her heavenly home and looked into the face of her Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, January 28, 2023. Stella was born on April 15, 1939 to Floyd Hamlin and Jennie (Hensley) Hamlin at Smith, Kentucky. Stella was a member of East Somerset Baptist Church, Somerset, KY. She was a graduate of Hall High School, Harlan, KY, and a licensed beautician for nearly 50 years, a skill she enjoyed while living in Maryland, Florida, and Kentucky. Stella was never shy about her faith nor about her Savior Jesus Christ. She enjoyed reading her Bible daily and praying with and for others whether it was at home, or out and about in public.
Surviving is her husband Leslie Coy Mounce, Somerset, KY. Stella was preceded in death by her first husband of 49 years Jimmie L. Taylor, and an infant daughter who died at premature birth, and whom Stella longed to see again in heaven along with Jimmie.
Stella is further survived by brothers: Jasper (Pat) Hamlin, Campbellsville, KY, and J.R. (Virginia) Long, Ewing, VA; and sister: Dora (Randy) Fee, Hubbard Springs, VA.
Preceded in death by brothers: Jesse, Howard, Brady, and Arnold Hamlin; and sisters Edith Hensley, Frances Smith, Ethel Bledsoe, Oma and Macy Hamlin.
“Aunt Stella” is survived by many nephews and nieces whom she loved and had fond remembrances of while growing up with the older ones, along with caring about and talking with the younger ones.
There will be a time of visitation on Wednesday February 1, 11:00am - 1:00pm with a procession to follow to Powell Valley Memorial Gardens. Per Stella’s wishes a graveside service will be conducted at 1:30pm by her nephew Chaplain Ed Hamlin, Colonel (U.S. Army, Retired) at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens where she will be laid beside her first husband Jimmie Taylor, with the certain hope that her spirit has gone to her heavenly rest in the presence of God.
A special thank you to Angie Damron and the Hospice/Bluegrass Care Navigators. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to: Samaritan’s Purse, or St. Jude’s Children’s Home.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the family.
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