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“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...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Sandy & Bill Rolles - valley, NE

“Mary, so sorry to hear the news and for your loss. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Take Care. ”
2 of 14 | Posted by: Mark McGaffin - Ankeny, IA

“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...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Mary Johnsom - Ankeny, IA

4 of 14 | Posted by: JO ANN FARBER - Sister

“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...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Cheryl Crumpecker - Kansas City, MO

“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...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Cathy and Tom McCoy - Kansas City, MO

“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...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Rev. Beverlee Bell - Urbandale, IA

“Wilma was such a nice loving and caring person. Frank and her left many good memories along with there dog Timmy. ”
8 of 14 | Posted by: Jane Meyer - Alta, IA - Friend

“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...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Mike Langner - Ankeny, IA

“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...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Carolyn and Terry Smith - IA

“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...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Millie Stevens - Ankeny, IA

“Mom will be missed. Her kindness and generosity will be remembered. ”
12 of 14 | Posted by: Shirley Laird - Kansas City, MO

“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...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Shirley Laird - Kansas City, MO

“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...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Randy Kurt - Kansas City, MO

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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:
At a later time, the service and power-point will also be available for viewing at the Memorial Services of Iowa website:
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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