Betty Annette Martin Taylor, a loving mother, spouse, teacher, and musician, passed away on January 12, 2020, surrounded by loved ones at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Betty was born in McAlester, Oklahoma on July 8, 1940, to Mary Korenowski, a teacher, and Cecil Charles Martin, a banker. She graduated from Yale High School and Oklahoma State University with a bachelor's degree in Music Piano and a member of Gamma Phi Beta social sorority.
Betty was passionate about helping children learn to read and write. She spent her career teaching elementary students in Tulsa, Duncan, and Yukon, Oklahoma before embarking on a life adventure to teach on the U.S. military base in Seoul, South Korea. There she met and married Marine Dan Taylor, and the two returned to the U.S. to be near loved ones. Throughout her life, Betty enjoyed sharing her musical and theatrical talents with others. She performed in countless productions in Oklahoma, including Lyric Theater, Yukon's Stage Door, and the military base in Seoul. Her theater friends were dear to her. She was a life-long active member of the United Methodist Church where she regularly played the piano. Betty cherished her adventures with family and friends including world-wide travels, cooking, playing bridge, and making others laugh with her jokes.
She will be remembered in love by her husband Dan Taylor of Minco; daughter Sauny Shedeck; son Scott Shedeck; granddaughters Sotheby and Fynnegan Shedeck of Yukon; Milo Shedeck, the father of her children, of Oklahoma City; sister Martha (Roger) McMillian of Stillwater; along with several step children, step grandchildren, and nieces; cousin Sharon Brown; as well as countless students and church friends who benefitted from her teachings and music throughout her years.
Services will be held January 18, at 10 AM at the First United Methodist Church in Cogar, Oklahoma at 16016 County Street 2720, Minco, Oklahoma. Burial will follow afterwords at Lawson Cemetery in Yale. The viewing will be held at Ingram, Smith & Turner Mortuary in Yukon on Friday, January 17 from 3 - 6 PM.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to American Cancer Society or Pets & People Humane Society in Yukon, OK.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Faith Carney, Armelda, and Kelsi with Visiting Angels, as well as Ty, Matt, Renita, and staff at Carter Heath Care. They were all very compassionate.
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