June Nelle Taylor

June Nelle Taylor

June 28, 1928 - February 20, 2015

June Nelle Taylor

June 28, 1928 - February 20, 2015


June Synhorst Taylor, of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, passed away on Friday, February 20, 2015. She was 86.

June was born in Prairie City, Iowa, on June 28, 1928, to Dick and Freda Synhorst. She grew up in Newton, Iowa, and graduated from Newton Senior High School in 1946. June received her BA in Vocal Music from Iowa State Teacher’s College (University of Northern Iowa) in 1950. She married Roy E. Taylor on August 21, 1953.

June’s extensive career began in Des Moines as a music and math teacher and later on transitioned to a leader in non-profit management, including executive director of the Des Moines YWCA, Iowa Regional director at Youth For Understanding, and a national education consultant at Batten, Batten, Hudson & Schwab. After retiring, June and her husband, Roy, moved from Iowa to Peoria, AZ, where they enjoyed the warm winters for 24 years.

June was an avid volunteer. She was president of the Des Moines branch of the American Association of University Women, and also president of several chapters of P.E.O, of which she was a 54 year member.

June had a beautiful voice, and was frequently a soloist at civic music performances, weddings, and in the church choirs at the West Des Moines United Methodist Church in Iowa and The Church of the Palms in Sun City, AZ. June was a fashionista who loved clothes, jewelry, and her high heels!

June is survived by her husband of 61 years, Roy, daughters Steffanie Roche (Robert) and Andrea Taylor (Dan Manley), and grandchildren Lauren Cooper (Jeff), Michael Roche, and Joshua Manley. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Betty Synhorst Pittman and John Synhorst.

A private family burial will be held on March 14 at El Toro Memorial Park Cemetery in Lake Forest, CA.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to P.E.O., 125 Ivory Court, Roseville, CA 95747.

For more information, please visit www.oconnormortuary.com.

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1 responses to June Nelle Taylor

  1. Hi Roy, just heard that June has passed away. We are so sorry to hear that. We pray
    God will be with you and your family to give you the strength, love and courage that you need at this time. We have fond memories of you and June from our time at the Church of the Palms.
    Rev. Dr. Gene and Inez Laramy

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