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Phyllis L. Taylor

Phyllis Taylor, formerly of Sioux Falls, SD, died September 1, 2013, in Pine Island, MN. She was 90.

Phyllis L. (Loiseau) Taylor was born March 10, 1923, to Paul and Lillian (Afdahl) Loiseau. She attended the Loiseau country school and graduated from the Colman High School. Phyllis attended Merritt Business School and the Sioux Falls Sheet Metal School. Moving to Oakland, CA as a young woman, she worked in the shipyards for Bethlehem Steel Company during WWII.

Phyllis married Robert Taylor in 1946. The couple later divorced. After living in California, Robert and Phyllis moved to New Orleans and later to Galveston, TX. From 1952 to 1958, they lived in Honolulu, HI, and Long Island, NY, and New London, CT. Returning to South Dakota, Phyllis and the children moved to Sioux Falls in in 1958, where she became the secretary for the McKennan Presentation School of Nursing. Phyllis then worked as the secretary for Robinson Lumber Co., retiring after 21 years. In 2010, she moved to West Concord, MN, to be closer to her daughter and caregiver, Denise. She was a member of First Lutheran Church, VFW Auxiliary, Moose Auxiliary, and SEGAM.

Phyllis loved to travel, and particularly enjoyed trips to Washington, Colorado, and Hawaii. A talented seamstress, she loved to crochet and enjoyed making clothing. In her younger years, she liked to bowl and play golf; currently, she enjoyed playing the card game, Hand and Foot. Phyllis loved summertime when she could spend time tending to her flower garden and caring for her backyard birds. Her favorite time of the year was Christmas. She was thrilled to cook a nice family Christmastime dinner. She looked forward to baking Christmas treats, and would spend hours preparing trays of baked goodies for friends and family members.

Blessed with a radiant personality, Phyllis had a strong and courageous spirit. Surviving two cancers, she bravely forged ahead with her philosophy that "laughter is the best medicine".

Grateful for having shared her life are her son, Gary Taylor (Debbie Ann), Worthing, SD; daughters, Darrel Ryan (Frank), Highlands Ranch, CO, Denise Predmore, West Concord, MN; 9 grandchildren, Justin Predmore, Trevis Predmore, Kresta Schultz, Cody Predmore, Miranda Predmore, Ryan Taylor, Heather Taylor, Taylor Ryan, Maura Nordberg; 13 great-grandchildren, Cade, Shaelyn and Braden Predmore, Keitre Harper, Autumn Schultz, Colton Predmore, Hayden Taylor, Robbie, Ryan, Alex and Amy Lang, Daxton Ryan, Anna Nordberg; sisters, Darlene Lee (Robert), Flandreau, SD, and Beverly Vallery of Danville, California.

Funeral Services will be held 2:00 pm Saturday September 7, 2013, at First Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls. Visitation will begin at noon, Friday, with the family present to greet friends from 5:00 to 7:00 Friday evening at Miller Funeral Home, 507 S. Main Avenue.


Published in The Argus Leader on Sept. 5, 2013
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