Gothenburg Native: Myra M. Taylor, age 98 (1915-2013)

Myra Matilda Taylor, 98, originally of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013, at Golden LivingCenter in Cozad.

Myra was born to Andrew P. and Sophia Bergstrom Shostrom August 8th, 1915, on the farm in Custer County and attended rural elementary school at District 161, the “Shostrom School” near her home. She graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1933. In 1955 she married Ralph Taylor and they were later divorced. She lived in Gothenburg most of her adult life. She often fondly talked about the families for whom she did housekeeping during those years. For many years she was a caretaker for her brother and during that time she enjoyed other family members joining them for birthday dinners.

Myra loved music. She played the clarinet in the Gothenburg High School band in the early thirties. And all her life she loved to play the piano so much that the black keys on her piano were all worn down. She enjoyed watching Husker football. She liked having a beautiful lawn and many people remember seeing her still raking leaves and sweeping her sidewalks when she was in her 90s. She liked to read and had many books. When she was no longer able to read her Bible she asked other family members to read to her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Elmer, her sisters Bessie (Henry) Kuhlman and Lillian Shostrom.

Survivors include two nephews, Willard (Marjorie) Kuhlman of Gothenburg and Brian Kuhlman of DeFuniack Springs, Florida and one niece, Joan Johnson of Aurora, Colorado; grandnephews Jeff and Terry Johnson, Kirk Phil and Daniel Kuhlman and one grandniece, Marsha Herlevi, and three great-great-grand nephews and four great grandnieces and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Saturday, September 28th, 2013, with Pastor Larry Viter, officiating.

Interment followed in the Lindberg Cemetery at Gothenburg.

Memorials may be given to the Faith Chapel, 520 9th, Gothenburg, NE 69138 or Donor's Choice.

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