Gladys Luella Taylor was born Aug. 1, 1915, on the family farm north of Hinton, the youngest of eight children born to Louis Fred and Minnie Luella (Ellison) Winter. She was baptized and confirmed at the Merrill Melbourne United Methodist Church.
She attended rural school near her home and later graduated from Hinton High School in 1932. She hauled fresh milk each day to the creamery in Sioux City along with milking cows. Gladys furthered her education at Western Union (Westmar) College in Le Mars. She earned her degree in education and began teaching in the fall of 1934 in Plymouth County rural schools. Gladys' parents became ill so, after a few years of teaching, she put her career aside to help with the farming.
On May 3, 1941, Gladys and R. Lee Taylor were united in marriage at Merrill Melbourne United Methodist Church. They made their home on the farm where she and Lee fed cattle. They would later move to their present farm in 1972.
Richard died Jan. 1, 1988. Gladys remained on the farm until moving to Plymouth Manor Care Center in February.
Gladys was a lifelong member of Merrill Melbourne United Methodist Church. She taught Sunday School and participated in the United Methodist Women.
Gladys was also a member of Farm Bureau for over 50 years, the Brunsville 4 Season Garden Club and the Good Neighbors Club.
She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, quilting, ceramics and flower gardening.
Grateful to have shared her life are her sons, Richard Taylor and his wife, Doris of Mission, Texas, and Kenneth Taylor and his wife, Donna of Le Mars; five grandchildren, Ronnie Dean Taylor of Sioux City, Scott Taylor and his wife, Michelle of Le Mars, Gina Jelken and her fiancÚ, Travis Heimgartner of Merrill, Lisa Hamerlinck and her husband, Mark of Le Mars, and Amy Taylor of Omaha, Neb.; eight great-grandchildren, Brooke and Dylan Taylor, Riley and Gavin Jelken, Matthew Sullivan, Kendal, Henry and Greer Winter Hamerlinck; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lee; a son, Ronald Dean Taylor; a great-grandson, Taylor James Jelken; sisters, Martha Winter, Elvera (Harold) Schneider, Mildred (George) Schultz and Bernice (Elmer) Plueger; brothers Louis (Bess) Winter Jr., Merlin (Evelyn) Winter and an infant brother.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Hinton United Methodist Church. Pastor Kolleen Queener will officiate. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City. Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. today (Monday) at the Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. The family will be present from 5-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral on Tuesday.
Stories, memories and expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.