Deloris Taylor, (AKA Lois Taylor) age 86, went to be with her Lord on October 29, 2018. A Celebration of Life service will be held Sunday, November 4th, 2018, at 6 pm at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 115 W. 11th Street, Roswell, NM, to remember and celebrate her life.
Lois was born on December 25th, 1931, in Osciolo, Arkansas. She is preceded in death by parents Milo Overstreet and Roetta Overstreet and husband of 52 years, Virgil Nolan Taylor. She is survived by one sister, Jeanne O. Keller, Yorba Linda, California, two brothers, Samuel Thomas Overstreet and his wife Deanna Overstreet, Alamogordo, NM, and Milo Overstreet and his wife Yvette Overstreet, Elephant Butte, NM. She is also survived by two nieces, Laura Overstreet, Carlsbad NM and Diane Duke, Houston Texas, and four nephews, John Overstreet, Carlsbad, NM, Nathan Overstreet, Houston, Texas, David Overstreet, Alamogordo, NM, Robert James Keller, Yorba Linda, Calif. And ten great nieces and nephews.
Since the early 1950s, Lois has lived, worked and served her community in Roswell, NM.
Professionally, Lois Taylor was active in the oil industry since 1957. She was employed by MCCLellan Oil Corporation in 1959. When she started with the company, it was just a two person company. She went from a security-treasury and primarily a financial manager to retiring as the CEO and on the board of directors in having over 35 employees. Lois Taylor was also the director of the Sulimar Corporation and Cortez Drilling. She was co-chair of the oil and gas division of United Way.
Lois taught at ENMU-R oilfield training center in the area of Petroleum State and Federal Forms. She also served as the Chairman of the Scholarship Program. Lois also was a member of the Advisory Committee for the land support Personal Program and a member of the Single parent displaced homemaker program.
Lois was a member of the Advisory Committee for Office Education for both Roswell and Goddard High Schools. She has been a sponsor of the Desk and Derrick Club of Roswell since 1980 and has been honored numerous times.
Lois was a member of the New Mexico Landmen's Association and a member of the Altrusa Club of Roswell. She was honored in the Who's Who in the World and by the Roswell Daily Record as "Working Women of the Week".
Personally, Lois loved reading and traveling. She has been to almost all the countries of the world and most of them twice. Her favorite places were China and Europe, with Paris as her all time favorite city. Lois saw the need for missionary work in the many places she visited and helped establish and promote missionary work in those areas.
Spiritually, Lois responded to God's call for eternal life and placed her faith in his son, Jesus Christ, in 1952. At her conversion, she joined the Tabernacle Baptist Church and has faithfully served in this church for over 65 years. Whether cooking, cleaning, counseling, mentoring, teaching, or serving as deaconess, or on advisory boards, or serving as church clerk, her hands were always open.
If you knew Lois, you knew three things. You knew you could go to her for help, you knew you could go to her for wise counseling, and you knew you could go to her for prayer.
The family cordially invites all those who knew Lois and all those whom she loved to join them for this celebration service.
In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to your church or favorite charity.
I had the pleasure of working for Mrs. Taylor many years ago when my personal life was riddled with turmoil and upheaval. I learned much from her while I worked with her and I have always, deeply appreciated the kindness and faith that she showed me. I am a better person for having her in my life, her faith gave me hope. She was an exceptional person and I am sure she touched many lives, she will be missed.
Georgianna HuntRoswell, NM
"Aunt Lois", as I and my brothers knew her, along with her husband, Virgil were the people who are humanly responsible for us coming to know Christ. She loved us, counseled us, tolerated us and always wanted us to get together. She loved Jesus and lived her faith. She told me that when Virgil died, she felt as if he had gone to the party and left her at home. Well, now they are both at the party. Jesus said, "Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you." John 14:1-2 NASB
Jim and Renee Taylor,Tyler, TX
Lois was such an amazing lady. We just loved her. She got me started in the oil & gas business at McClellan Oil Corporation 46 years ago. I would not be where I am today (Vice President of Land at my employer's) if not for Lois. And Mark and I got married in her house on North Lea. We have lost a great lady. My best to the family.
Shari & Mark HamiltonRoswell, NM