OBITUARY

Mrs. Joy Renee Taylor

May 24, 1963September 9, 2020
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Joy Renee Taylor lived up to her name and made life a joy for anyone that met her. She was born May 24, 1963 in Lincoln, Nebraska to The Honorable Warren K. Urbom and Joyce Urbom and passed away on September 9, 2020 at her home in Windermere, Florida surrounded by her children, sisters and husband. Joy lived in Lincoln, Nebraska through college. She graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan where she was a member of the Willard sorority, a staff member in both the Governor’s Office as well as the Nebraska Legislature and was also an accomplished pianist. She moved to St. Louis, Missouri in 1985 and graduated from Washington University School of Law in 1988. She was a partner in the St. Louis law firm of Evans and Dixon where she worked in the civil litigation group on civil rights and constitutional cases. She was of-counsel with the Greenfelder firm where she worked on employment cases when she retired in 2008 to care for her mom and her children.

While practicing law, Joy met her husband, Tony, and they had three children: Georgi, Tommie and Joseph. Her family and her dog, Hemi, were her focus and she enjoyed being with them most of all. The family lived in Eureka, Missouri and moved to Florida in 2010. She had a remarkable intellect and cutting sense of humor. Along the way, her email signature always turned heads as she adopted various “titles” such as Chief Activity Officer, Chief Relocation Officer and Chief of Homeland Activity. She was a constant volunteer and cheerful spectator at her children’s activities. Joy was always fascinated with words and language and was a volunteer instructor with the Orlando Adult Literacy League. Other than her children, what made her most happy were home projects, scrapbooking, flowers and gardening. She had a unique creative eye for design, decoration and artistic aesthetic. Above all, she always saw the good things in the world and in people.

Joy is survived by her husband, Tony; her three children, Georgi, Tommie and Joseph; and three siblings: Kim Rager of Chicago, Illinois; Randall Urbom of Scottsdale, Arizona and Allison Raich of Windermere, Florida.

Donations in Joy’s memory may be made to the Orlando Adult Literacy League or the The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University.

Please join funeral service via live stream at 10:30 am on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at

https://vimeo.com/457512761/1b2f9efeea

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    Tuesday, September 15, 2020

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Dave & Danelle Hinrichs

September 16, 2020

Tony, Georgi, Tommie, Joe, and sweet Hemi too,
We share in all of your grief, pain and heartache today. We watched the beautiful service and truly are amazed by all of your grace and strength. We loved Joy too. Until Dave & I came to Florida years back to visit, I heard on many occasions how wonderful your family was. Finally getting to meet you all, I could see why Dave loved you so much. I remember spending some time with Joy while Dave was with Tony and joking around with you kids, and I knew I liked her from the moment I met her. I remember how terrific she was as a Mother and I was in awe of how she made it look so easy. Her warmth, kind spirit, contagious laugh, sense of humor, love for her family, and her goodness shined through and we are forever grateful for our memories with her.
We pray that you will find comfort in the days ahead and know, you are loved so very much by your friends.
With love, Dave, Danelle, & Gracie Hinrichs

Dolly Pribbeno Parker

September 16, 2020

1984-85- four Willard sisters sharing a sorority room - lying sleepless in our beds at night and laughing! Laughing because we were figuring out everyone’s name backwards. Joy was so special- ready with her quick wit, a shared laugh, and good advice for a younger roommate who was in awe of her wisdom. My deepest condolences to you all. She will be dearly missed. ❤️

Carl & Marta Johanningmeier

September 16, 2020

Dear Tony,Georgi, Tommie & Joe,
We were deeply saddened of hearing of Joy passing. We didn’t get to see her much after the family moved to Florida. When she was living in Missouri we would be together through some family occasion being it happy times and sad. We were all connected through two marriages being our daughter Tammy & Tim Taylor and Joy & Tony Taylor. I believe Joy is in Heaven but, here on earth she left her heart and all her love to her family.
Our prayers go out to the Taylor family.

Love, Carl & Marta

Kelli Lawhead

September 16, 2020

Sending my love to your family in this time. Joy was a lovely young lady when I knew her, ever so calm and kind with a brilliant sense of humor and a deep smile to go with it. She was always known as “Fun Aunt Joy” to Grant and Alex, and a beloved Sister in Law to me. Prayers to you all.

Emma Rieker

September 15, 2020

I only got to meet Mrs. Taylor a couple day’s ago but her daughter Georgi is one of my closest friends. If the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree then she must have been amazing because Georgi is the most beautiful amazing person I’ve ever met! So thankful she brought her into my life.

Susan frary

September 15, 2020

I didn't know Joy, I was in the class of 1983 but its hard to loose someone so young with so much life ahead! Prayers and love to her family.

Jackie Dalton

September 15, 2020

Praying for the family during this time. We loved Joy and she will be greatly missed. Love to you all!

Scott Moore

September 15, 2020

Joy was joy. That pretty much says it all.

Amy Ha

September 14, 2020

Dear Tony, Georgi, Tommie,Joe.

I am Mrs.Joy nail’s technician and I have been doing her nails for eight years. Mrs.Joy is a wonderful mother, a perfect wife, and the kindest person I have ever met. She has a beautiful heart and is very patient towards me. She is always caring and treats me like her own sister. I am very grateful for the memories I had with her. Especially one time when she got her nails done, she would stop by at the Twistee Treat near the store to get ice cream. She would come back with her brightest and lovely smile to show me. I appreciate her a lot and I will always remember her in my heart. I hope she is in a good place, rest in peace to Mrs.Joy.

Sincerely,
Amy Ha

Andra Angle

September 14, 2020

Tony, Georgi, Tommie,Joe

I am deeply sorry for the loss of Joy. Joy was larger than life and kept all family activities moving along. She could navigate getting everyone where they needed to be in spite of the constant changes in plans that were cast to her. She would make me laugh when she would call with a new time or place to meet.

I can only imagine how difficult this is for each of you. I am praying for you and that Joy is at peace in heaven.

Love,
Andra Angle

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