Willamine F. “Willy” Taylor

April 13, 1930 ‒ July 13, 2010

Galion, Ohio

Willamine F. “Willy” Taylor, age 80, of Galion, died early Tuesday morning, July 13, 2010, at the MedCentral Hospital in Mansfield following a brief and unexpectedly illness.

On April 13, 1930, Willamine was born in Mount Gilead, the daughter of the late Weldon and Olive (George) Burns.

While growing up, Willy quickly found she had a special friend in her neighbor, Howard Taylor, whom she could even count to ride the school bus with. Shortly after graduating from Mount Gilead High School with the Class of 1949, Willy and Howard were quickly married in Richmond, Indiana, on February 10, 1950, even before he graduated. Together they have shared a deep love and respect for one another and their four children for over sixty years.

After working for a brief time, Willy lovingly stayed home to care for their children and home for several years until Howard was in an accident that left him unable to work. As “the backbone of the family”, Willy did not think twice and found work at ITT in Galion where she worked for over fifteen years in the wiring department.

With her family, whenever trips were mentioned about either Lake Erie or Amish Country they knew “Willy would be in the car and ready” to go.

With a love for all animals, Willy always looked forward to when she could dog sit for her neighbor, whom she gladly spoiled. Also, she had a firm belief in doing her part to make sure there was not an overpopulation of pets, so she would take all cats she could find to S.T.O.P., which stands for Stop the Overpopulation of Pets, Inc. in Lexington to have them spayed and neutered. She also had two dear friends in her own cats, Blacky boy and Tiger.

Having a green thumb, Willy cared for and tended to a beautiful flower garden. Whenever traveling with her daughter, they never missed an opportunity to stop at a flower shop because she knew she could find something her flower garden needed.

An avid reader, Willy could not wait to get her hands on the newspapers every day, especially the Morrow County Sentinel, or a good autobiography.

For over the past ten years, Willy has been fighting many illnesses and her strength and courage has been an inspiration to all who knew her. “She never complained” no matter how bad things were.

Willy will be dearly missed by her husband, Howard Taylor of Galion; four beloved children: Barbara Taylor of Columbus, Peggy Taylor of Pomona, California, Rick Taylor, and Kevin Taylor, both of Galion; three brothers: Dale (Sandy) Burns of Caledonia, Elton (Nancy) Burns of Mount Gilead, and Larry Burns of Cardington; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and close friends.

Including her parents, Willy was preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law: Bernadine and Earl Brubaker; and her brother, Martin Burns.

The Taylor family will greet friends from 2 – 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 18, 2010, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services celebrating her life will be held there on Monday at 11:00 a.m. Burial will take place at a later date in Iberia Cemetery.

Rather than flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mount Gilead Public Library or to S.T.O.P. (Stop the Overpopulation of Pets), and they may be sent in care of the funeral home.

For those wishing to express their condolences to Willy’s family online, you may do so by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.