Nancy Lou Taylor, age 78, passed away Friday, March 23, 2018 after a long battle with muscular dystrophy. She was under the loving care of Patricia and Lloyd Berdan, and Hospice in Cowarts, Alabama. She has been cremated in accordance with her wishes. A memorial service to celebrate Nancy’s life will be held Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 11:00 AM at the Mendon United Methodist Church. Burial of her ashes will follow at Mendon Cemetery. A luncheon at the Church Fellowship Hall will be held after the burial.
Nancy was born and raised on a dairy farm north of Mendon. She loved the outdoors; sledding down Mumby’s Hill in the winter, swimming in the creek in summer, hunting small game, playing summer league softball, and of course, farm chores. She graduated valedictorian of her Mendon senior class in 1957 and graduated from Western Michigan University with a teaching degree in 1961. She went on to teach at elementary and middle schools at Parchment and later at Kenowa Hills Schools in Walker, Michigan. She had a special talent for working with children with special needs.
Nancy’s favorite get-away was her summer home on Diamond Lake near White Cloud, Michigan. Fond memories remain with family and friends of the fun times with Nancy at Diamond Lake. There was swimming, water skiing, fishing, snowmobiling, and trail bike riding to name a few. Nancy had a big smile and a signature laugh for all to enjoy. She made many friends and remembered them. Diamond Lake became her permanent home after retirement. Nancy lived there until she moved to nursing care in 2016.
Nancy is survived by a sister, Joyce (Paul) Kline; sisters in law, Leone Herson and Sallyanne Taylor; brother, Joe (Betty) Taylor; brother in law, Sydney Jackson; special friend and caregivers Patricia (Lloyd) Berdan; and numerous nieces and nephews. When away from school, here nieces and nephews were her children. She was preceded in death by her father, Vern Taylor, mother, Frances (Mumby) Taylor, infant sister, Jeannette; sisters, Bethel Schmidt and Mary Belle Jackson; and brothers, Herbert and Robert Taylor.
Memorials honoring Nancy’s life may be directed to either the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 222 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60606, or to a Hospice of your choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.eickhofffuneralhome.com