Wanda June (Marlin) Taylor

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Wanda June (née Marlin) Taylor passed away on June 27, 2017.
Wanda, the younger of two sisters, was born in Rich Hill, Mo., to Riley Howard Marlin and Gertie Alice (née Williams) Marlin. Graduating in the Rich Hill Class of 1949, she moved to Kansas City, Mo. There she met Daniel Robinson Taylor, Jr.; they married on New Year's Eve, 1952. In October 1953, their first child, a daughter, Deborah Diane, was born prematurely and passed away shortly thereafter.
During the 1950s, the couple lived in Kansas City, Joplin and Springfield, and Wanda worked for various companies - Hallmark in Kansas City, Allgeier, Martin & Associates in Joplin, and Rocketdyne in Neosho. Wanda particularly enjoyed her memories of Rocketdyne (Rocketdyne manufactured and tested the H-1 rocket engine at the Neosho complex) as she was glad to have taken part in the effort that would eventually put a man on the moon. In late 1959, the couple moved from Missouri to Oahu. There she worked for Morrison-Knudsen until its Nike missile site contracts were completed, for Rothwell Construction, for Johnston Precast Concrete and ultimately for Pan-American Airlines, which gave Wanda and Dan the opportunity to travel to England, Germany, Austria, Fiji and Australia.
On Oahu, Wanda and Dan had two sons, Zachary and Cole. In 1972, the family moved to Stanton. There she saw both of her sons graduate high school. In 1993, Wanda and Dan moved to Sedalia, Mo. Wanda was a devoted wife, a loving mother and a loyal sister; she was a good friend to those who knew her. Her humor, kindness, positivity, wit and generosity will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Gertie Tiona; her father, Howard Marlin; and her husband, Dan Taylor, who passed away on Feb. 17, 1995.
She is survived by her sister, Willa; by her sons, Zachary and Cole; and by many relatives and friends. A private service will be held and interment will be at the Oakdale Cemetery in Monett, Mo. Aloha nui loa.
Published in The Red Oak Express on July 4, 2017