Sharon Taylor

Sharon Taylor Sharon C. Taylor, 77, of Vermillion, died Tuesday, April 7 at the Sanford Vermillion Hospital. Sharon was born on August 7, 1931 in Colorado to Shelby and Cecille (Meher) Tuel, and grew up in the Paullina area graduating from Paullina High School.  She also graduated from the University of Iowa in the first bachelors of science in nursing program. Sharon married James Taylor on February 14, 1954 in Paullina, and began her nursing career in Iowa City, IA.  They moved to Vermillion where she taught nursing at St. Vincent's Hospital in Sioux City, IA and later at Sacred Heart School of Nursing in Yankton. In the early 60s, she became the Director of Nursing at Dakota Hospital in Vermillion, and a few years later accepted a position teaching at The University of South Dakota School of Nursing.  She was a mentor to countless nursing students until her retirement in 1992, and was an icon in the nursing community. Sharon received many awards and recognitions throughout her nursing career; the most recent was the Pioneer Nurse and Nurse of the Year awards bestowed by the State Nursing Association. She loved her family, friends and dogs, no matter what was happening in her life, she always took time for others.  She was a member of the St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Vermillion, the SD Nurses Association, and the USD Emeritus Club. Sherry is survived by her son, Tom (JoAnn) Taylor of Vermillion; a daughter, Mary (Scot) Sorensen of Yankton; a sister, Susan Evans of Vermillion, and her grandchildren, Jim and Stephanie Taylor, Eric, Dan and Nick Sorensen.  She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Mary Beth Reed, Denver, CO; nephews, Dr. David West, Paul West and Jim West and nieces Katherine Evans, Molly Evans Johnson, Margaret Evans, Tracy Reed and Toy Herring. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James; and a sister, Judy West. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 11 at the St. Paul's Episcopal Church with burial to follow in the BluffView Cemetery in Vermillion.  Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 10 at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermilion.  For online condolences and obituary; hansenfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Sharon Taylor Scholarship fund at the USD Foundation or the St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

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