Wilma Lorene Walker Taylor

  • Born: December 25, 1916
  • Died: August 25, 2020
  • Location: Ankeny, Iowa

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Wilma Lorene Walker Taylor, 103, of Ankeny, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, August 25, 2020, at Taylor Hospice House in Des Moines, Iowa.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a virtual service will be held for Wilma at Ankeny First United Methodist Church in Ankeny, Iowa, (206 SW Walnut St.) following CDC guidelines. Pastor Angie Loomis will be officiating the funeral service at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, August 29, 2020. There is no formal visitation. Graveside services will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday, at Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery, Storm Lake, Iowa. The live service may be viewed at: https://boxcast.tv/view/wilma-taylor-memorial-service-iqub01zvcokhg7nnr9pq.
At a later time, the service and power-point will also be available for viewing at the Memorial Services of Iowa website: www.MemorialServicesOfIowa.com
Wilma was born on December 25, 1916, in Cedar Valley (Calhoun County), Iowa. She was the second oldest of 13 children, born to Lincoln and Agatha Walker. Wilma was united in marriage to H. Frank Taylor on November 19, 1942, in Dakota City, Nebraska. She was a WWII bride. Frank and Wilma lived most of their married life farming in the Storm Lake, Iowa, area. They were married 72 years before his death on April 26, 2014.
Wilma enjoyed gardening and did a great amount of canning and freezing around the annual harvest. Being a wonderful cook and baker, she never let anyone leave her table hungry. In her spare time, she did embroidery work, patch-work quilts, and letter writing. Many have been blessed to be the recipients of these items. She was an avid reader and loved to keep in touch with family and friends by phone and email. Wilma was always willing to share her time and effort to benefit and help others. She was a very active volunteer in her church, community organizations, and charitable events and activities. She was a community fixture and shared her community involvement and infectious spirit with countless friends over the years
Wilma was a hard-working, sweet, loving, and gentle woman. Her legacy will be carried on through her three daughters, Mary Johnson (Lory) of Ankeny, Iowa, Donna Miller (Rob) of Clarion, Iowa, Shirley Laird (Randy) of Kansas City; six grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Jeanie Johnson of Calendar, Iowa, and Jo Ann Farber of Fort Dodge, Iowa; along with a multitude of nieces, nephews, extended family, and close friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; seven brothers; and three sisters.
The honorary pallbearers are Wilma's grandchildren, Daniel Johnson, Michael Johnson, Jason Miller, Robin Harrington, Julia Cheney and Matthew Laird.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Community State Bank, 817 North Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny, IA 50023 in Wilma's honor (please make checks payable to Mary Johnson). The donations will be distributed to charities that were close to Wilma's heart.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

Since I was a sophomore in High School, I have always admired, Mary's mom.
When my family moved to the Hayes township, is when I met Mary in High School.
Bill, went all 12 grades of school with Mary, so he at the time knew Mary and her family a lot longer than I did.
Throughout our high school years, Mary, had a couple parties, at her house on the farm. I can remember several of Mary's friends being there, and of coarse her mom and Dad. Her mom is the one that made all the good food we ate at those parties.
I spent the night at Mary's a few times, we would sit in the kitchen, at the table, visiting with Wilma, I can still see her coming out of her pantry, with some cookies, or goodies she kept in there, Wilma loved to have a guest, and was always
very warm and friendly.
When I was a senior, my family moved to Omaha. Mary, and I still kept in touch,
when I could, I would go back and visit with Mary, and her parents on the farm.
After graduating, and Marrying Bill. Bill and I would stop by the Taylor Farm. I remember on day after Christmas, we stopped by to see Mary and her parents,
They had received some Champagne for a gift. Mary, gave us some to toast in the New Year.
The last time we saw Wilma, Bill and I went to her apartment in Storm Lake, she was as hospitable as ever.
Bill and I have remained best friends with Mary, all these years. Her mom always made you feel comfortable, and treated you as any MOM would.

Your mom is one special Lady, Mary, Donna, & Shirley. May your hearts be filled by the wonderful memories of your mom & Grandma .

Posted by Sandy & Bill Rolles - valley, NE - Family Friend   September 01, 2020

Mary, so sorry to hear the news and for your loss. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Take Care.

Posted by Mark McGaffin - Ankeny, IA - Friend   August 31, 2020

It was such a privilege having Mom live near my husband and me in Ankeny for six years following Dad's death. We made so many memories through our daily visits, phone calls, working together, helping others, meeting my friends, church, family gatherings, and so many other activities. I will always picture her standing in the door waving as I drove away after every visit. I miss her so much in so many ways but I will do my best to honor her and continue to keep her close in my heart.

Posted by Mary Johnsom - Ankeny, IA - Daughter   August 30, 2020


Posted by JO ANN FARBER - Sister   August 29, 2020

What a marvelous, wonderful, Wonder Woman! I was always amazed by the fact that Wilma, at the age of 102, still lived independently, was serving meals to the elderly at her Church, couldn't receive a hand written happy day note without immediately writing you back, and always had a smile and a positive can do attitude. I will always be grateful to Wilma and Frank for giving me the greatest gift of alla forever best friend, Shirley Laird. My thoughts are with you and your entire family.
Love to you all, Cheryl.

Posted by Cheryl Crumpecker - Kansas City, MO - Family Friend   August 29, 2020

Wilma was a remarkable woman.She was full of love and joy for family and life.

Thank you Shirley for introducing me to your Mom and inviting me to share road trips to visit her.
She made me feel welcome and special. I always came away feeling joy, admiration and a little wiser.
Tom and I marveled at the notes that she sent us over the years.
They were thoughtful, sincere and written with perfect penmanship.
We kept each and every note and every once in a while take them out and read them again. We are amazed at how wonderful they are and how good her words make us feel.
Our friend Wilma will be missed but remain in our hearts.
With Love and Sympathy,
Cathy and Tom McCoy

Posted by Cathy and Tom McCoy - Kansas City, MO - Family Friend   August 28, 2020

I remember Wilma and George fondly from my time as pastor at Storm Lake UMC. 103 years of love and smiles is a blessing. My prayers are with you as you celebrate and grieve.

Posted by Rev. Beverlee Bell - Urbandale, IA - Friend   August 28, 2020

Wilma was such a nice loving and caring person. Frank and her left many good memories along with there dog Timmy.

Posted by Jane Meyer - Alta, IA - Friend   August 28, 2020

Wilma was a close friend of my mother Helen Langner who passed away last May. A little over two years ago I was able to bring mother, also a Storm Lake native, to Ankeny to visit Wilma after she had moved to Ankeny. I sat in her apartment and witnessed seeing the great pleasure they had talking with each other. My mother was an avid reader as was Wilma. Wilma and my mother had corresponded via "snail mail" and mother was always impressed with Wilma's penmanship! My mothers ability to write was diminished due to a couple light strokes. My condolences to the family members remembering her life.

Posted by Mike Langner - Ankeny, IA - Acquaintance   August 28, 2020

Mary and Lory, Thinking of you and sending prayers for comfort For your sorrow, joy in your great memories, and peace for your soul.

We are having the same week with the death of Terry's mom at 99 on Tuesday.

Take care of yourselves.

Posted by Carolyn and Terry Smith - Sioux City, IA - Family Friend   August 27, 2020

It was a very truly amazing experience meeting Wilma in Ankeny at Mary's house. I have a really fun time talking to her and watching the workers fix Mary's exterior deck. Next day I got her blueberry muffins, she told me thank you so much.
We had a very small conversations but I could tell how bright and loving woman she was. Thank God for giving me the opportunity to visit with her and be part
of some of her last days. My deepest sympathy to all her family. She is for sure in the best place to be.

Posted by Millie Stevens - Ankeny, IA - Family Friend   August 27, 2020

Mom will be missed. Her kindness and generosity will be remembered.

Posted by Shirley Laird - Kansas City, MO - Daughter   August 27, 2020

We were so fortunate to have mom's guidance and wisdom for so long. She always took care of others and ready to help. We will miss her but her spirit and memory will continue. Her work here is done! I'll love you always!

Posted by Shirley Laird - Kansas City, MO - Daughter   August 27, 2020

Wilma was easily the sweetest and most caring person that I've ever met. So fun to be around and always kind to me. She will remain in our hearts and memories forever.

Posted by Randy Kurt - Kansas City, MO   August 27, 2020