Verla D. Taylor, 92, passed away Sunday, January 9, 2022, in Dodge City, Kansas. Verla was born at home June 24, 1929, in Naponee, Nebraska to Art and Ima (Young) Tillotson. She was the oldest of
Iva’s 12 children.
Growing up during the challenging times of the depression era, Verla, at the age of 5 was raised by her maternal grandparents until their passing. She then lived with an aunt’s family in Holdrege, Nebraska attending high school there. She married LaWarren Nelson in 1947 and they had three children, Janet, James and Joyce. They later divorced. She married Maynard “Doc” Taylor in 1966. Doc and Verla had four sons, Mark, Michael, Matthew and Monty. Doc passed away in 2003.
Verla possessed many talents. As well as raising her families over the years, Verla worked a variety of jobs from custom making draperies in her younger years to caregiving for the elderly when she, herself, was well into her 70’s & 80’s. She truly enjoyed visits from her children and grandchildren.
Verla was preceded in death by husband Doc, son Jim Nelson and grandson Clayton Taylor; son-in-law, Terry Blauvelt; her beloved grandparents, parents, a great-great grandson; as well as several siblings.
Left to celebrate her life are her children and their spouses/partners: Janet Blauvelt (Duane Devitt) of Hastings, NE; Joyce Bullock of Lincoln, NE; Mark Taylor (Delana) of Dodge City, KS; Michael Taylor (Kathy) of Benton, Arkansas; Matthew Taylor (Melissa) of Hugoton, KS and Monty Taylor (Shelly) of Blairsville, GA. Nineteen grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren. Sisters Betty of New York, Virginia of California, Barbara and Beverly of Colorado.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at 2 PM at Rolla United Methodist Church, Rolla, Kansas. Burial will follow at Rolla Cemetery, Rolla.
Visitation will be on Friday, January 14, 2022, at 10 AM to 8 PM at Robson Funeral Home, Hugoton. The Family will receive family and friends from 6 PM to 8 PM at Robson Funeral Home.