Dian Taylor

Dian Taylor, 83, of Arab died Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, at her home with her children by her side.

Mrs. Taylor was born Dec. 16, 1938 in Sheridan, Arkansas to Dan and Muriel Nall. She was married to Tommy L. Taylor for 61 years until his death in 2019. She and her husband made Arab home and chose to build their lives and raise their children.

She grew up in Sheridan, Ark., and graduated from Sheridan High School in 1956. She received a bachelor of science in English education from Henderson State University and masters of business administration from Alabama A&M.

She was a dedicated teacher who retired from Arab High School in 1982 after having touched the lives of many treasured students. She then became the director of the Arab Chamber of Commerce and later owned and operated Dian’s Designs.

Throughout her life she maintained a sweet demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many who, even now are being charged & shaped by her witness of constant love, her prayer warrior attitude and her unwavering faith in God.

She is survived by her children: Tammy Allen (Mike), Pamela Brady (David), Tod Taylor (April); eight grandchildren: Blake Brady, Taylor Stewart (Zach), Natalie Norman (Juston), Ross Allen (Leslie), Sara Byars (Brandon), Rebecca Hinds (Bradley), Rachel Camp (Clay), Alexandra Taylor; 16 great-grandchildren: Jack Brady, Peyton, Maddox Stewart, Slade Stewart, Gunner, Gus Norman, Gradi Norman, Luke Allen, Emily Ross Allen, Grant Byars, Nate Byars, Carson, Harper Hinds, Hollis Hinds, Dylan Camp, Brooks Camp; sister: Susan Nall Perry; sister-in-law: Katie Wilkerson (Jerry); and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

She was preceded in death by a grandson: Luke Allen; great-granddaughter: Bennett Elizabeth Byars; and a younger brother: Kemp Nall.

The funeral was at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, 2022, at Arab First United Methodist Church with John Harris and Mike Allen officiating. Burial was in Arab Memorial Cemetery with Arab Heritage Memorial Chapel directing.

Pallbearers were her grandsons, grandsons-in-law and great-grandsons: Blake Brady, Ross Allen, Zach Stewart, Juston Norman, Brandon Byars, Bradley Hinds, Clay Camp, Maddox Stewart, Slade Stewart, Gunner Norman, Gus Norman, Jack Brady, Luke Allen, Carson Hinds, Nate Byars, Grant Byars and Brooks Camp.

Memorials may be made to Arab First United Methodist Church Building Fund; or Grant County Museum, 521 Shakelford Road, Sheridan, Ark., 72150; or Healdton New Life Assembly, P.O. Box 277 Healdton, Okla., 73438.

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