Gloria Anita Taylor, resident of Edmond, passed away Wednesday, September 29, 2021. She was 91 years old.
A funeral ceremony for Gloria will be held Saturday, October 2nd at 2:00 pm at the Walker Funeral Service Chapel in Shawnee. Viewing times will be Friday, October 1st between 4:00-6:00 pm as well as Saturday, October 2nd beginning at 9:00 am until the start of the service. Following the ceremony, Gloria will be laid to rest at Resthaven Memorial Park in Shawnee. Pallbearers will be: Steve Taylor, Brian Beal, Greg Beal, Bryce Beal, Derrick Pointer, and Curry Taylor.
Gloria was born July 1, 1930 in Temple, OK to her parents, Clyde Byron Rodolph, Sr. and Pauline (Belle) Rodolph. She graduated from Mt. Park HS before returning to Walters, OK where she was a standout member of her local church choir and met the love of her life, John Earl Taylor. They were married July 1, 1951 and remained steadfastly committed to one another the last 70+ years. She worked at the Stillwater County Courthouse so John could finish college before becoming a homemaker and mother forever devoted to her children, Teresa and Steve - her proudest accomplishments. Gloria and John raised their children in Shawnee and lived there 23 years prior to moving to Edmond. She was skilled in arts and crafts and her fondness for felines was only surpassed by her passion for professional tennis, Thunder basketball, singing hymnals and cherished memories of those glorious summers at Lake Eufaula.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Clyde "Bud" Rodolph Jr of Norman, and sister, Mary Jane Gateley of Oklahoma City, as well as her daughter, Teresa Lauderdale of Shawnee.
Survivors include her husband, John Taylor of Edmond, son, Steve Taylor of Norman, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other extended family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.