In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorials to the Shriners Children's Hospital.
Florence Mae Taylor, age 92, Kearney formerly of Naponee died Wednesday, December 15, 2021 in Kearney. The daughter of Lovell P. and Louise C. (Kersting) Taylor, she was born September 19, 1929 at Bloomington, Nebraska.
She started first grade at Luke school southwest of Bloomington and later in the school term her parents moved there family to a farm southwest of Naponee, Nebraska in Harlan County. She attended the rest of her grade school through the eighth grade at District 42 southeast of Republican City, Nebraska and graduated from Naponee high school in 1947.
Florence was married to Merlyn Schriner on June 7th, 1947 at Phillipsburg, Kansas. To this union five children were born: Vernon Dale, Bobby Joe, Barbara Mae, David LeRoy, and Kathleen Louise. The family lived on a farm south of Naponee till her husband’s health forced them to sell out and move to Kearney, Nebraska in 1982 to be closer to his doctors. She always raised a big garden, did lots of canning and dressed 300 chickens every summer to put food on the table through the winter months besides helping Merlyn in the field as his hired hand.
Florence retired January 1st, 1994 from Becton Dickinson in Holdrege where she worked for 17 years because Merlyn’s health worsened and she was his loving and caring nurse until he passed away in March 2001.
Besides caring for him she also took care of her flowers and lawn. In her spare time she loved to read and embroidery making each of her children and grandchildren a set of tea towels and a baby quilt for each of her great grandchildren. She also made photo albums for each of her children and grandchildren from birth and kept them updated with pictures through the year.
In October of 2012 she could not keep her house and yard so she had auction and moved in with her son Bobby. She resided with until her death. Florence was preceded in death by her loving husband of 53 years; 3 brothers LeRoy in 1995, Eugene in 2001, Vincent in 2005; her sister Joan in 2000 and sisters-in-law Doris Jean Taylor and Kay Taylor.
Survivors include her sons, Vernon and wife Stephanie, Grand Island, Bobby, Kearney, and David and wife Vickie, Agra, Kansas; daughters Barbara Blankie, Stockbridge, Georgia and Kathleen Whetstine and husband Keith, Republican City; 8 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; sister–in-law Maxine Taylor, Naponee; brother-in-law Merlyn Brown, Sr., Monticello, Iowa; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services will be held 2:00pm Monday, December 20th at Hutchins Funeral Home, Franklin, Nebraska with Pastor Scott Randall officiating. Burial will be in Naponee Cemetery. The family will be greeting family and friends Sunday, December 19th from 2pm to 4pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be mad to the Shriners Children’s Hospital in c/o the funeral home.
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