Obituary for Joy Taylor - Lehman (Keefner)
Joy Elice Taylor Lehman, 90, passed away peacefully on January 9, 2018 in Oklahoma City surrounded by her beloved family. She was born on New Year’s Day in 1928 in Kansas City, Missouri to E.W. and Etta Laura Keefner. She graduated from Yukon High School in 1945, and married Bill Taylor of South Carolina in 1946. They had four children: Billy, Jim, Julie, and Traci. Joy was a devoted mother and homemaker who held many administrative jobs over the years, including one she loved at the “Yukon Review.” Joy was lucky in love … having found true love twice. After Bill’s untimely death in 1985, she married the second love of her life, George Lehman, in 1999, and lived happily ever after with him until his passing in 2010. Joy was a strong, independent woman who lived on her own up until just a few months ago. She loved playing penny poker with her girlfriends, watching “The Talk” and “Shark Tank,” cheering on her OU Sooners, and cuddling her cat, Kitty Babe. She was met in heaven by her brothers, Edward, Bob, and Joe Keefner; husband, Bill Taylor; son, Billy Taylor; and second husband, George Lehman. She is survived by son Jim Taylor and his wife Carma of Norman; daughter Julie Defibaugh and her husband Harold of Yukon; daughter Traci Cole and her husband Brett of Oklahoma City; and stepdaughter Linda McGinnis and her husband Al of Sugar Land, TX. She leaves behind seven grandchildren: Julie Taylor and her husband Jay of Los Angeles, CA; Kim Throgmorton and her husband Richard of Yukon; Jimmy Taylor and his wife Amy of Piedmont; Lori Rau and her husband Ryan of Yukon; Matthew Perry and Emily Cole of Oklahoma City; and Lori McGinnis of Sugar Land, Texas. She’s also survived by 11 great-grandchildren she absolutely adored, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and close friends. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Physicians Choice Hospice and Joy’s dedicated caregivers, Melinda, Martha, and Keisha, who helped make her final days comfortable. Joy was aptly named because she brought all of us so much joy. We can no longer see her with our eyes or touch her with our hands, but we will feel her in our hearts forever. Visitation will be held Wednesday, Jan 10 5 PM until 8 PM and Thursday, Jan 11 9 AM until 8 PM at Smith & Turner Mortuary in Yukon with a Celebration of Life being held Friday Jan 12 at 2 PM in the Smith & Turner Chapel with burial following in the Yukon Cemetery. Family requests donations in her honor to be sent to Pets & People in Yukon, OK or The American Heart Association. Friends may sign our online guest book at www.smith-turnermortuary.com. Services are under the direction of Smith & Turner Mortuary, Yukon.