Lorabel Taylor passed away February 1, 2014 at Clearview Care Center in Clearfield, Iowa at the age of 102.
She was born January 5, 1912 in Benton, Iowa to Guy and Julia Denhart Cornelison.
She graduated from Diagonal High School in 1929. Lorabel moved to Maryville Mo. with her parents in 1933. She was united in marriage to Clifford Sylvester Taylor on January 24, 1935 in Maryville Mo.
Lorabel and Clifford enjoyed many good years on the farm which has been in the Taylor family for over 100 years.The farm is located west of Diagonal. They were married for 54 years before Clifford passed away in 1988.
Her faith was very important to her. She was proud to be one of the first female deacons in the Presbyterian Church and later became a member of the United Church of Diagonal where she was active in the quilting club, choir, and playing the organ. In her younger years she played the piano for the silent movie theater in Diagonal. She had many talents which she gladly shared with family and friends. Her favorites included quilting,sewing, baking, gardening, and playing the organ. She especially enjoyed keeping in contact with old friends through round robin letters.
Her family was her biggest source of pride and joy. She treasured any time spent with them. Whether close by or separated by miles she enjoyed hearing of the many activities of her children and grandchildren.
Lorabel found great joy watching the flower gardens bloom and watching the variety of birds that came around the house. One of her frequent quotes was "Isn't Nature wonderful!"
We are grateful for her perfect love, strength of character, enduring spirit, and endless inspiration. We were blessed because she loved us.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Guy and Julia Cornelison, husband, Clifford, daughter, Deanna Warin, grandson, James Warin, brother, Dan Cornelison and sister-in-law, Mary Alice Cornelison.
Lorabel is survived by: Her son, Jack Taylor of Diagonal (Dixie), their children: Darla Sobotka (Gary), Karen Berry (Shon), Jim Taylor (Lisa), Patty Eaton (Chris). Her daughter, Janelle Dalbey (Larry) of Tucson, AZ, their children: Mitch (Masayo) of Torrance, CA, Jon (Janine) of Phoenix, AZ, Jeff of Tucson, AZ. Her son, Gary Taylor (Jean) of Springfield, IL, their children: Steve Taylor (Corie) of Columbia, MO, Shannon Olson (JK) of Cedar Rapids, IA. Her daughter, Sharla McCarron (Owen) of Cedar Rapids, IA, their children: Sean of West Hollywood, CA, Kyle of Seattle, WA, Owen Taylor of Cedar Rapids, IA. Her son-in-law, Mike Warin (Grace) of Mt. Ayr and Mike Warin (Michelle) of Pella, IA, and Joe Warin (Donna) of Clearfield, IA. Lorabel was blessed with 15 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
Memorial fund is for the United Church of Diagonal.
Services were held at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr on Thursday, February 6, 2014, with Pastor Ed
Shields officiating. Musicians were Judy Newton and John Allen.
Casket bearers included Mitch Dalbey, Jim Taylor,
Joe Warin, Mike Warin, Steven Taylor and Owen McCarron.
Honorary pallbeares were Lorabe's grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Burial was in the Diagonal Cemetery in Diagonal.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, January of 2014