DeLores Ann “Dee” Taylor
DeLores Ann “Dee” Taylor was born May 20, 1930, to Edward and Dora (Nordhausen) Denker on their farm south of Wauneta, Nebraska. Dee was baptized, schooled, confirmed and married at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church out on the South Divide.
Dee’s childhood revolved around church and family. The Nordhausen and Denker clans were a prodigious group of German immigrants that resulted in a multitude of cousins with which to spend time with. Most Sunday’s after church lead to a family gathering at one of the relative’s farm. In later years attendance at the tri-annual Nordhausen Happening was not to be missed.
Most people don’t know that the family spent part of a year (in the mid 1930’s) in New York City, where Dee attended a Brooklyn school.
On Oct. 16, 1949, Dee married a fellow South Divider named Jim Taylor. Dee and Jim spent the first dozen years of their marriage on the original Hartzer (Taylor) homestead in the beautiful frame house that still stands today (claimed now by the Bartel’s family).
While living on the homestead they engaged in farming and childbearing that resulted in three girls and a son: Cindi Sue, Lorna Lou, Doreen Dru and Joshua D. No more children were required after the “ten-pound boy” came along.
After several successive years of unfortunate weather events Jim decided to look for greener pastures to give a try. That led to a move onto a farm on the Stink’n Water Creek north of Hamlet. A true Huck Fin experience for the kids, but Dee was a bit taken back by the available residence.
Dee’s work ethic was legendary and she put it to good use cleaning and organizing the shack on the Stink’n Water Creek and turned it into a livable space for the family, but the effort was continuous. Though a small house, Dee could make it accommodate a gathering of many relatives. After 10 years Jim and Dee moved closer to Hamlet and built a newer “modern” home. That work ethic kept the new house meticulous, the large farmyard fabulously manicured and Jim well dressed
Whereas Jim had his John Deere, Dee had her Singer sewing machine. She spent hours sewing, working her magic with thread and needle making clothes for her stylish daughters and other household items. Jackie O. would have been jealous.
Having the grandkids visit was always eventful and brought them a lot of joy. During their retirement Dee and Jim enjoyed golfing (Dee was the better player) and traveling. Dee lived in her modern house until 2012, at which time she moved to Imperial Heights Assisted Living.
Faith and family were everything to Dee. Being of German Lutheran stock set the foundation for her faith in Jesus Christ as her Savior and Lord, which she handed down to her children. Missing church was not an option no matter the conditions; rain, snow, wind, hail or muddy rutted roads were no match for this stubborn German girl. She was dedicated to Jesus to the core and to her last breath.
On the afternoon of Nov. 5, 2020, at the age of 90 Jesus came calling. She now rejoices with Him in heaven with the hosts of saints and is surely reunited with all those cousins, aunts, uncles and friends who also leaned on Jesus.
Dee was preceded in death by her parents; husband Jim; her brothers and their spouses, Donnie and Joanne Denker; Kenny and Cleophia Denker; her little sister and husband Diann and Dean Widger and her daughter in-law Deborah Taylor; sisters-in-law and husbands Frona (Leonard) Kerchal and Anita (Bill) Reade.
She is survived by her children Cindi (George) Hallett of Imperial; Lorna Taylor of Wauneta; Doreen (Gary) Mohr of Enders and Josh Taylor of Hamlet and numerous nephews, nieces, grandchildren and cousins.
This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Dee’s funeral service will be Thursday, Nov. 12, 2 p.m. MT at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Wauneta, Nebraska officiated by Pastors David Kahle and Keith Wellman. Interment will follow at Wauneta’s Riverside Cemetery.
The family has suggested no flowers, but memorials to the Mercy Meals of Southwest, NE, and KNGN Lutheran Radio of McCook.
Online condolences may be left at liewerfuneralhome.com.
Liewer Funeral Home of Wauneta is entrusted with arrangements.