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Sibyl Elizabeth Taylor

Retired medical office manager

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POSTED September 23, 2009 1:22 a.m.
Sibyl Elizabeth Taylor, 90, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 17, 2009 with her loving husband at her side. She was born September 27, 1918 in Casa, Arkansas to the late William & Ida Bostick.

A resident of Manteca for over 66 years she attended Casa High School in Arkansas, during which she served as the class secretary & treasurer. She was also elected as the valedictorian of her senior class of 1939.  

She traveled the country from one duty station to another after becoming Mrs. Taylor in 1941, staying in Savannah, Georgia as her husband was sent overseas. They welcomed  their first daughter Lynda in 1948. The final addition to their family came in  1955 with twins Marsha & Matthew. Sadly their only son, Matthew passed away just 3 months after his birth. Together they continued on and welcomed their youngest daughter, Lynda.

Once settling in California she worked 3 years as an administrative assistant to the community officer of Sharpe Army Depot in 1943; she then went on to work as an office manager for her husband, Benjamin E. Taylor, M.D., for 44 years. All the patients that walked through the office doors Sibyl would greet warmly and instantly recall their telephones and chart numbers. Words and numbers were her expertise and forte. Through working in the medical field she became a member of San Joaquin Medical Society Auxiliary. She was also a devoted member of Church of Christ in Ripon.

A loving and caring wife, mother and friend, she never knew a stranger. With Sibyl family always came first; she continuously did for others, putting herself last. She enjoyed the simple things in life; sewing, crossword puzzles, cooking and having dinner parties. She loved having her coffee and sweets, everyone’s birthday and all the holidays were special to her. Sibyl was extremely intelligent, with a sharp wit and a wicked sense of humor. A meticulous, precise, orderly and neat person, she always rooted for the underdog and was a staunch Democrat who loved politics.

Sibyl leaves behind her devoted husband of over 68 years, Dr. Benjamin Taylor of Manteca, children, Marsha K. Taylor M.D. of Jonesboro, Arkansas, Lynda Seelye of Manteca. She was also blessed with two grandchildren that she adored; Matthew Seelye and Katie Seelye. She was preceded in death by her son, Matthew E. Taylor, siblings, Howard Bostick and Bernice Bostick, and parents, William & Ida Bostick.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, September 24, at 2 p.m. at P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home, 290 North Union Road, Manteca.  Remembrances can be made to Sibyl E. Taylor Wildlife Foundation c/o Delta National Bank, 611 North Main St., Manteca, CA 95336. An online guest book is also available at www.plfryandson.com signing for remembrances. P.L Fry & Son Funeral Home is handling all funeral arrangements.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009
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