Sylvia Lorene (Tupa) Taylor

December 6, 1927 ~ January 23, 2020 (age 92)


Sylvia Lorene (Tupa) Taylor, daughter of Frank and Lois (Wissler) Tupa, was born December 6, 1927 in Pawnee City, Nebraska.  She attended Sheridan Country School until her family moved to DuBois, where she graduated from the 8th grade.  Later they moved to a farm south of Humboldt, and she graduated from Humboldt High School with the class of 1946. 

After high school Sylvia moved to Omaha where she graduated from Commercial Extension Business School.  She embarked on an adventure with her business school friends by moving to California and, for a brief time, working at MGM Studios.  She returned to Omaha where she worked for fifteen years.  She married her first husband, Jim Hill, and had a son, Gary, in 1962.  Sylvia and Gary returned to Humboldt in 1963, and Sylvia took a job as a bookkeeper and teller at Home State Bank (now American National Bank).  She struck up a relationship with George Taylor Sr., a high school classmate and local car dealer, and they were married at the United Methodist Church in Nebraska City, Nebraska on October 19, 1968.  They celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary in 2019. They made their home in Humboldt until they moved to Colonial Acres Assisted Living in October 2019.

Sylvia worked at Home State Bank for thirty years until her retirement in 1993.  She was a member of Humboldt United Methodist Church where she served on various committees and participated in many activities.  She enjoyed working with George Sr. at the band parents’ stand during the fair while Gary was in the high school band.  She remained active in the community until very recently, having participated in the school summer lunch program the last two summers.  She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, traveling the country to see them in Michigan, Colorado and Iowa, and going out to lunch with the “gals from the bank.”

Sylvia passed away on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at Lincoln Bryan East Hospital after a brief illness, thirty-eight years to the day after the death of her mother Lois.  Sylvia was ninety-two years of age at her death.

She is survived by her husband George Sr.; one son Gary and his wife Lisa, of Ames, Iowa and their children Sam and Madeline; stepdaughter Delores and her husband Ron of Loveland, Colorado, their children Heidi and Scott and 5 great grandchildren; stepson George Jr. of Beatrice, Nebraska, his children Ed and Kathryn, and three great grandchildren.

Sylvia was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Lovell Tupa.

Celebration of Life Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the United Methodist Church in Humboldt, Nebraska with Pastor Dorothy Smith officiating.

A register book will be available at the Wherry Mortuary in Humboldt, Nebraska.

Memorials may go to the Humboldt United Methodist Church or the Southeast Nebraska Cancer Garden.

Inurnment will be in the Humboldt Cemetery, Humboldt, Nebraska. 

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Register Book Signing
February 7, 2020

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Wherry Mortuary, Humboldt
207 N. Nemaha Street
Humboldt, NE 68376

Celebration of Life
February 8, 2020

11:00 AM
Humboldt United Methodist Church
340 S. Nemaha Street
Humboldt, Nebraska 68376

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