Wilma Louise (Michel) Taylor, 94, passed away August 4, 2019 with daughters by her side.
Wilma was born in Warrick County on December 11, 1924 to John and Emma (Steinmetz) Michel. She attended Millersburg High School and graduated in 1942. Wilma continued her education at Lockyear Business College. During World War II, she worked at Servel. In those days, she was active in many extra-curricular activities: ping pong, bowling, tap dancing, tennis and basketball. She has been interviewed by the National Archives about her memories of WWII and is listed in the WWII museum in New Orleans, LA for her participation. She worked for Boeing Aircraft in Seattle, WA and New Orleans, LA in the 60s supporting the "Put a Man on the Moon – Saturn V mission."
Traveling was a passion of hers, and she was proud to have visited all 50 states. One of her favorite sayings was "Been there! Done that!" Her favorite trips were family vacations to Alaska and New York's Ellis Island to see her family's name on the immigration wall. She also took many AAA Mystery trips.
Wilma was an amazing woman. Strong in her faith and strong of character. She was quick witted and interested in current events. Her talents included writing poetry and playing the piano. (Her grandchildren received a poem on each of their birthdays until they were 21.) She was always ready to play cards, Scrabble, or any other game and was tough to beat! Her favorite color was blue, and she thought coconut cream pie was heavenly! She also always said coffee and doughnuts made everything better.
She was an absolutely wonderful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother!
Wilma lived an extraordinary life and has touched many with her generosity and kindness.
Wilma is survived by daughter, Donna Taylor of Annapolis, MD; daughter, Cheryl Tepool (Don) of Evansville, IN; their children Nathan (Cally Hyde) of Evansville, IN and Katie Gibson (Brandon) of Gallatin, TN; great grandchildren, Jack Hyde and Emma Gibson; sister-in-laws, Ernestine Brundige (Mike), and Cindy Taylor; nieces and nephews, Sandra Brown (Donnie); Nancy McEuen (George), Larry Michel (Cindy), Christina Jones (Todd), Dawn Powell (Jeff), Misty Weldon (James), Stephanie Noriega (Terry), Donna Marie Robbins (Tim), Wayne Taylor (Sherre) and Jennifer Taylor; and dear friends, Charlotte and Bob Skelton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace L. Taylor in 1981; her parents, John and Emma Michel; her brother Albert Michel (Eloise) and son, Harold; sister, Martha Roedel (Billy); brother-in-law, L. J. (Betty) Taylor; brother-in-law, Larry Taylor; sister-in-law, Anna Merle Benjamin (Bernard) and brother-in-law, Jerry Mac Taylor.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 8, 2019 at Boone Funeral Home East Chapel – A Family Tradition Funeral Home, 5330 Washington Avenue with Pastor Robert Schneider officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park.
Friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 7, 2019 and from 9:00 a.m. until service time, Thursday, August 8, 2019 at BOONE FUNERAL HOME EAST CHAPEL.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to her church: Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 6501 East Madison Avenue, Evansville, IN 47715.
Condolences may be made to the family online at boonefuneralhome.net