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  Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, August 17, 2017

OBITUARY ~ SHERRY LOIS DIANN (GIBSON) TAYLOR
December 24, 1942 ~ August 07, 2017

Sherry L. Taylor, 74 of West Des Moines, formerly of Creston, entered eternal rest Monday, August 7, 2017 at Taylor Hospice House in Des Moines, Iowa. A celebration of life service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 10, 2017 followed by a meal, at Crest Baptist Church, 1211 N. Poplar St. in Creston with Pastor Charles Spindler presiding. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. on Thursday before the service. Private burial will be at Graceland Cemetery, at a later date. Family will also receive friends on Friday, August 11, 2017 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. at Edgewater Retirement Community, 9225 Cascade Ave. West Des Moines, Iowa.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be established to the Sherry G. Taylor Teacher Grant Program or the Union County Fair Building Fund. The Teacher Grant Program is established to provide financial support to teachers of Union and Ringgold Counties in developing new and innovative instructional classroom ideas. Sherry was very involved in 4H with all four children and was excited for the Union County Fair improvements. Online condolences may be given under the obituary category at www.powersfh.com

Sherry Lois Diann Gibson was born December 24, 1942 to Lois Mona (Clayton) Gibson and LaVon Morris Gibson in Sheldon, Iowa. Sherry graduated from Creston High School in 1961. On September 26, 1961 she married Terry V. Taylor in Creston. They lived and farmed south of Creston until moving to Creston in 1991.

Sherry always loved learning and reading, and had an opportunity to go to college in the early 80’s, graduating from SWCC in 1985. She continued at NWMSU, graduating in 1987 Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Education. Her teaching career began with first and second grades in Clearfield and Diagonal. Sherry then taught in Red Oak, Osceola and at St. Malachy. While teaching locally, she continued her education with a Masters of Education from Viterbo University. Towards the end of her career, she worked with children that needed extra help reading and worked with many dyslexic children. After “retiring”, she continued to substitute teach in the local school systems. When Terry passed and her memory health started to decline, she moved to Edgewater, a senior living community in West Des Moines.

Sherry dedicated much of her time helping with teen activities in the community (Sunday school, FFA, sports, music and the arts). She was always interested to try new crafts/hobbies and would frequently enroll in community education classes to try a new project. She loved to try new recipes for cooking and baking.

Sherry is survived by her four children: T. Vincent (Cindy) of rural Creston, (Allison and Alec Smith); Russell (Tracy) of Rock Hill, SC (Rebecca, Allison and Kate); Barbara Phillips (Todd) of Van Meter (Graham and Bryce); and Michael (Lindsay) of Adel, (Payton, Sawyer and Madison); brother, Jerry Gibson (Diane) of Coralville, IA; and sister, Sandra Lunsford of Fort Collins, CO. She also leaves to mourn her death: sisters-in-law, Beth Ferguson of Oregon; Willie Taylor of Ankeny; Dawn Taylor of Des Moines and Bonnie Taylor of Urbandale, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lois and LaVon. Her husband, Terry in 2008. Her in-laws, Alice (2013) and Vernon (“Benny”) Taylor (2003). Her sister, Rosamary (2010), and brothers-in-law, Jack Taylor (2006) and Ben Taylor (2012).

The family would like to thank the staff at Methodist Hospital, Taylor House Hospice as well as all the wonderful staff at Edgewater Retirement Community.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, August of 2017

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