Joyce Oyler Taylor (Mrs. William S. Taylor, Jr.), 88, of Paris, died May 1, 2019, at home In Paris, after a long illness. She left her many friends and relatives in this area with memories of her laughter and gift of friendship.
The family will receive friends and family at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home, followed by a funeral service at 3 p.m., with interment afterward at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Cooper, TX.
The daughter of John and May Belle Hall Oyler, she was born December 5, 1930, in Enloe. Her extended family, from Germany, had come to America in the 1700’s, and settled in Virginia, then came to Texas sometime in the 1800’s, buying cotton land in and near Enloe, and they were there as Paris cotton became famous worldwide for its quality.
She remembered playing in the cotton fields, as a child, and after graduation from high school attended what was then East Texas State Teachers College, intending to be a teacher. She had an early marriage, which ended in divorce, then made her way to Dallas where she worked in banking and business and made many friends.
In 1981, she met William S. Taylor, Jr., there through a friend, and in 1982 they married, with a minister officiating by the city’s Turtle Creek, in a park with swans and ducks and family attending. After a few years in Dallas, they moved back to Enloe in 1990 in retirement, and later to Paris.
She had so many relatives in the area – nieces, nephews, cousins – and so many friends that it was a homecoming for her. And she was able to stay in her home through her seven-year battle with Parkinson’s.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, Irene Woerner, Margaret Skinner, and Helen Regan, and two brothers, Hershel Eugene (Gene) and Harvey Oyler. And she leaves many relatives – cousins, nieces and nephews and their children – including a stepson, William S. (Bill) Taylor III and stepdaughter, Betty Taylor Cox, sister-in-law Sandra (Mrs. Gene) Oyler, nieces and nephews Sharon Ruthart, Dr. John and Eileen Skinner, Lana Skinner Duerksehn, Benny Gene and Nelda Skinner, Eddie and Lurena Woerner, Ron and Linda Regan, Linda Skinner Waller and many more.
Her last years were made so much happier and easier with the loving care of Mrs. Kathleen Miller, Mrs. Candy Sikes, Mrs. Myra Kinard and Mrs. Carol Brooks and other caretakers who became friends, and with the help of On-Call Home Health-Rehab Services and Guardian Home Health in Paris.
Donations, if desired, can be made to the Parkinson Voice Project, 646 N. Coit Road, Suite 2250, Richardson, TX 75080, which offers intensive speech therapy without charge to Parkinson’s patients, or to the Parkinson’s Foundation.