Winter Park, FL
Pauline K. "Paula" Taylor, 88, died Wednesday, January 30, 2013 in Winter Park, FL. She was a resident of Winter Park Towers in Winter Park, FL and previously of Decatur, IL.
Paula was born June 6, 1924, in Decatur, the daughter of James E. Roby and Laura L. Kortge. She attended Millikin University and graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Retired from Caterpillar, where she worked as a Purchasing Analyst, she was extremely active in many organizations throughout her life. Her strong faith in God focused much of her time as an active member of First Lutheran Church. As a member, she served on various committees, was editor of the church newspaper, participated in bible studies, church circle, taught Sunday school and was a member of the church choir for over 30 years. Paula was a past member of the Millikin Alumnae Board and a member of BC Chapter of PEO. She enjoyed many years as an active member of Pi Beta Phi sorority where she made friends that have lasted a lifetime. She was a Patroness of Junior Welfare and member of South Side Country Club for over 60 years. Belonging to several bridge clubs throughout her life, she was an avid golfer, and above all, enjoyed her family. She married Robert W. Taylor on June 25, 1946 in Decatur.
Paula loved people. She could easily engage anyone in conversation with her genuine interest and keen intellect. She lived her life always putting others first, especially her family, and selflessly managed to do this with kindness and a smile. Everyone was made to feel welcome. She was someone with strong determination, had a wonderful sense of humor, a true competitor, an inspiration for many and always a lady. It has been a blessing to have this beautiful woman in our lives and she will be deeply missed.
Paula is survived by her daughters, Jan T. Munson (Dr. Greg Munson), Jill Taylor, and Laura Jo Brock (Lawrence Brock) all of Winter Park, FL; grandchildren Charles Ince of Boulder, CO, Wesley Ince of Charlotte, NC, Eric Munson of St. Louis, MO, and Taylor Brock of Winter Park, FL; great grandchildren Payton, Shea and Max Munson, Kingston Ince, Parker and Zoe Ince; sister-in-law June Roby; three nieces; several great-nieces and nephews; and many life long friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, one sister, and 2 brothers including the late Verne E. Roby.
The family wishes to thank the large number of Paula's friends. Their kindness, love and support have never wavered. Special thanks also go to the caring staff at Winter Park Hospital, the staff at The Mayflower Health Center and the tireless care given by Dr. Daniel Layish.
Memorial donations may be made to First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 250 West Decatur St., Decatur, IL 62523 or to Millikin University, 1184 West Main St., Decatur, IL, 62522.