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Barbara J. (Whitehill) Taylor

April 27, 1942 ~ May 21, 2021 (age 79)



Barbara Jean (Whitehill) Taylor, 79, of Shenandoah, entered into eternal rest on Friday, May 21, 2021 at her Shenandoah home surrounded by her family following a courageous battle with cancer.  A celebration of life memorial service will be held for Barb on Saturday, May 29, 2021 at 10:30 am at the First United Methodist Church in Shenandoah with Jeff Hiser officiating.  The family will greet relatives and friends with visitation from 5:00 to 8:00 pm Friday evening, May 28, at Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service.  Memorials are being directed to the Shenandoah Food Pantry, Shenandoah Eagles Club or to People For Paws in Barb's name.  Private family inurnment will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery. 


Barbara Jean (Whitehill) Taylor, daughter of Robert Lee, Sr, and Vera Opal (Chambers) Whitehill, was born on April 27, 1942 at Hand Hospital in Shenandoah, Iowa.  She entered into eternal rest on Friday morning, May 21, 2021 at her Shenandoah home surrounded by family at the age of 79 years, 24 days.

Her early years were spent growing up on a farm between Coin and Blanchard, Iowa.  Barb attended Pleasant Hill country school and then attended Coin High School before consolidating with the South Page School District.  She graduated from South Page High School with the Class of 1960.

On June 14, 1964, Barb was united in marriage to Junior Taylor at the Tarkio United Methodist Church in Tarkio, Missouri.  Following their marriage, they made their home in Shenandoah.  To this union one son, Tim, was born.

Through the years, Barb worked several jobs and grew an endless network of friends and co-workers.  She began working at Montgomery Wards, Tip Top Bow Factory, the nurseries, Whitehill Gas & Oil (19 years), was co-owner of Taylor’s Bowl (19 years), cleaned several houses, cleaned the Shenandoah Fitness Center (6.5 years), and worked seasonally for Essex Elevator and later Green Plains Renewable Energy starting in 2007.  She also enjoyed volunteering at the Shenandoah Food Pantry.

Barb came from a large family which she deeply cared for.  She will be remembered as the matriarch of the Whitehill family who would always selflessly put others needs ahead of hers and as a friend whom a friend would want to have. She will be missed by all who had the pleasure to know her.

Preceding Barb in death and going before her were her parents; stepson, Tom Taylor; brothers, Kenneth Whitehill and wife Fairis, Darrell Whitehill and wife Dorothy, Boyd Whitehill and wife Gwen, Jim Whitehill and wife Nancy and Bob Whitehill; sister-in-law, Gwyneth Whitehill; nieces, Darice Kay, Judy Ditmars and Jolene Arend; and nephews, Kelly and Rod Whitehill.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband of over 56 years, Junior Taylor of Shenandoah, IA; son, Tim Taylor and wife Lynne of Shenandoah; grandchildren, Kaleigh Nuckolls and husband Brad of Shelby, IA and Dustin Taylor and wife Chelsea of Shenandoah, IA; great granddaughter, Winnie Nuckolls of Shelby, IA; stepchildren, Tamara Pruitt and Wes Taylor, all of Casper, WY; sister, Darlene Harbin of Shenandoah, IA; four brothers, Don Whitehill and wife Elaine of Elmo, MO, Duane Whitehill of Shenandoah, IA, Harold Dinsmore and wife Eloise of Farragut, IA, LeRoy Whitehill and wife Lorene of Shenandoah, IA; sister-in-law, Ina Rhea Whitehill of Shenandoah, IA; many, many nieces and nephews; extended family of Donavun Walters, Roy Herald and Melissa Gibson; all her bowling family; other relatives; and many friends.


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May 28, 2021

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service
405 W Thomas Avenue
Shenandoah, IA 51601

Celebration of Life Memorial
May 29, 2021

10:30 AM
First United Methodist Church
200 Church Street Shenandoah, IA 51601
Shenandoah, IA 51601

May 29, 2021

11:30 AM
Shenandoah Eagles Club #3849
709 W Thomas Ave
Shenandoah, IA 51601


Shenandoah Food Pantry
1209 5th Ave, Shenandoah IA 51601
Tel: 1-712-246-2093

Shenandoah Eagles Club #3849
709 W Thomas Ave, Shenandoah IA 51601
Tel: 1-712-246-5337
Email: eagles@foe3849

People For Paws
P O Box 221, Shenandoah IA 51601
Tel: 1-402-679-2684

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