A life well lived leaves many precious memories. It is my sincere hope that family and friends will find much comfort in your many precious shared memories of Mrs. Taylor. And may the God of all comfort assure you of his love by granting you his peace during the difficult time.
Dateline: Ponca, NE
Twila Marie (Nelson) Taylor, 85, of Ponca, NE went home to Jesus September 17, 2018 while surrounded by her children and grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, September 21, 2018 at the Ponca State Park Resource Center with Pastor Jeff Peters officiating. Burial will be in the Ponca Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Christ the King Community Church in Ponca, NE, and will resume at 9:30 A.M. prior the service Friday at the State Park. Mohr Funeral Home in Ponca, NE is handling the arrangements.
Twila was born in Yankson, SD on July 27, 1933 to Gehard and Marian (Nielsen) Nelson. She was the youngest daughter of 11 children, grew up in Maskell, NE and later moved to Ponca where she met and married Richard (Dick) Taylor on May 20, 1950. To this union 8 children were born.
Twila was an active member of Christ the King Community Church. She taught Sunday School and Bible School for many years. Twila had a deep faith and a life long mission to make a difference in the people she met. She was a caregiver for countless people, young and old, and instilled the importance of loving Jesus and being kind to all you meet. She had a love for coffee and teaching us all to make apple pies.
Left to carry on her mission here, are her children, Brenda (Ron) McGill, Don (Carla) Taylor, Joan (late Jeff) Taylor, Merrie (Terry) Eriksen, Lisa (Kenny) Hohenstein, Holly (Tom) Walsh, Melanie (Mark) Charlson; 30 grandchildren; 62 great-grandchildren, with 2 more by December; sister, Leona Bottorff; brother, Dale (Catherine) Nelson; sisters-in-law, Mavis Nelson, Gloria Nelson, and Rose Munson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 62 years, Richard (Dick) Taylor in October, 2012; a son, Jeff and infant son, Demi; grandson, Christian Charlson; siblings, Don (Sylvia) Nelson, Adeline (Hugh) Bostwick, Gordon (Tood) Nelson, Gaylord (Molly) Nelson, Ronald Nelson, Myrna (Ray) Rahn, Ramona (Elmer) Kamrath, Bob Bottorff, and Garry Nelson.
Such a beautiful picture of a beautiful soul! Oh how you will be missed!
One of my favorite Twila memories is when I went with Mark and Melanie to Twila and Dick's house right after they had gotten married. I was 14 years old and Twila offered me a cup of coffee. I had never tried it before, and she fixed it up right with cream and sugar. Best cup I've ever had, but maybe that was because of the special lady who made it.
Prayers to your family! RIP sweet lady!
Twyla always had that special way of lifting you up when you were down without even trying or making you feel like she was obligated to do so. She wanted to lift everyone up because it was just what she did from the heart. You just knew she was blessed in so many ways after knowing her for just a few minutes, fortunately I knew her for many years. Jesus's love illuminated from her like the sun on a clear day. Twyla you will be missed and live forever in our hearts.
Twila was a special lady who loved everyone and had a special sparkle. She reached out to me, a newcomer to Ponca and made me feel loved and a ceped. We had many visits with coffee, conversation and prayer. She was a woman of great faith and a woman who e emplified the Proverbs 31 woman. Her children did indeed call her blessed. She has gone to her Lord and Savior and now rests in his arms.
Twila was a beautiful person, loving to all around her which was many her entire life. I knew her for 28 years and she was always so sweet and nice and a joy to visit with. She always smiled and dressed to impress, always looking her best! She will be missed by many, and my heart and prayers go to all who loved her and will miss her here on earth, knowing however her place in peace and in heaven with God is the ultimate gift when we leave this earth.
If we could all radiate Jesus like Twila did!! One of my favorite memories of Twila is when I brought my Uncle Lowell to live at the nursing home in Ponca. Twila was recuperating on the independant living side but she saw to it that my often-confused and lonely Great Uncle got a pat on his arm or a special smile...and she always remembered his name. She had a special way with people....I always left Twila wanting to know her more. She had God's sparkle. Hugs and prayers to all of you left to grieve her....Twila was your familial matriarch but also I feel one of Ponca's special matriarchs! Praying God's Peace for You All, Andrea Ronning Custer, SD