Obituary: Shirley Zina Taylor

Shirley Taylor
Shirley Zina Taylor
April 23, 1936 ~ Nov. 6, 2018
Shirley Zina Taylor was born to Sherman and Deltha (Thompson) Taylor the spring of 1936, in LaPoint, Utah. Within a few months of her birth, in June 1936, they moved to Meeker, Colo. Her parents were determined to get settled before the school year started so that her older sisters and brothers wouldn’t miss any school. They settled in Powell Park. From an early age she was very outgoing. She loved to sing and play the ukelele. She even played from time to time in her father’s band.
As a young lady, she worked at Oldland’s Store and had a summer job at Rio Blanco Ranch, later known as the 101. After graduating from Meeker High School in 1953, she attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. After completing three of her four year program, she was called back the Meeker to answer the need for a teacher on Piceance Creek at the Rock School. She taught side by side with her mother at Rock School for two years before returning to BYU to complete her degree.
After completing her education, she took a teaching position in California. She taught physical education and served as a counselor there. She eventually became the assistant principal in the LA County School System. When she got closer to retirement she and her lifelong friend, Barbara Meeker, took a sabbatical, traveling throughout the United States and Canada in their motor home for more than a year. Eventually she purchased a 35 acre parcel of land on Powell Park where she grew hay. She lived her summers here in Meeker where she enjoyed the beauty of the valley, her home on the White River and playing golf.
In the winter, she returned to her home in California, where she enjoyed the warm climate and the potential for a good game of golf even in December.
Some of her favorite times included family gatherings, Fourth of July barbecues, Thanksgiving dinners, and Sunday morning brunch at the Meeker Cafe. She loved spending time with her many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Shirley is survived by her sister Nyla Merriam, her brother Byron Taylor and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Helen, Beryl and Parna, and her brother Lynn.
Shirley was an inspiration to all and will be deeply missed by her family and all those who knew her.
A graveside funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, at Highland Cemetery in Meeker.