Caroline Mae Moses
Age 91, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, September 24, 2017 at Rock Run Place Assisted Living, in Joliet, IL.
Born March 15, 1926 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Caroline was the second child of John G. and Nora W. (nee Engelbrecht) Entenman. She grew up in Sioux Falls. During World War II, she met and married William C. Taylor, who was attending school there to become a B-29 radio operator – and soon was on bombing missions over Japan. What followed was an interesting life as she, Bill, and ultimately their three children lived in many places including Texas, New York, England and Germany. Between 1981 and 2014, Caroline finally “settled down” in her beloved Arizona. She also was very appreciative and proud of her experiences as a nurse – especially her contributions to the Plastic Surgery Department at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota (where she was also President of the Mayo Clinic Women’s Club at the time of her retirement).
Caroline was widely known as an extremely generous, caring person who lovingly shared her warm smile and gentle wit. She also touched dozens of people over many years with seemingly endless outpouring of encouraging cards and letters! Greatly loved and admired by many relatives, friends, co-workers, and patients, Caroline was dearly referred to as a role model by more than one.
She was a frequent blood donor and devoted many hours of volunteer service to organizations including The Salvation Army and both the Veterans Administration Hospital and Samaritan Village in Prescott, AZ.
Caroline loved people, and providing for their needs seemed to flow from her without letup. She loved animals, birds, plants and everything of beauty that she saw – cherishing and expressing wonder and thankfulness along the way.
Her life was not without tragedy and heartache, but Caroline was a special example of a woman able to accept them and go on, even stronger. Both her mother and a grandson died on her birthday (in different years), and she also lost an adult son. Among those closest to her, she was preceded in death by both parents; three husbands (William C. Taylor, Gordon R. Chambers, and Elbert R. Moses); her older sister Nora (Thomas) McComish; a younger brother (John F. Entenman); a son (William J. Taylor); and a grandson (Roderick. C. S. Taylor).
Surviving are two sons, Richard G. (Rebecca) Taylor of Channahon, IL and Christian D. (Linda) Taylor of Pasadena, CA; two grandchildren, Richard N. Taylor (living in Taiwan) and Lydia X. Taylor of Pasadena, CA; one sister, Donna L. Rye of Loveland, CO; one brother, James L. Entenman of Sioux Falls, SD; and her most recent husband’s two grandchildren, Lynn (Nick) Dellaporta of Santa Clara, CA, and Karl Moses of San Jose, CA. Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends also survive.
Burial will be at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Sioux Falls, SD. A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Caroline is planned for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 28 at the chapel located near the 2001 East 12th St. entrance to Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
For more information or expressions of sympathy and support, contact Heritage Funeral Home at 4800 S. Minnesota Avenue in Sioux Falls, SD 57108 www.heritagesfsd.com; phone 605-334-9640. Local funeral arrangements entrusted to the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black at Essington Roads, Joliet, IL. For information please call 815-741-5500 or visit her Memorial Tribute at www.fredcdames.com