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Obituary: DAYTON, LOIS

Published: Friday, Sept. 19 2014 2:49 a.m. MDT

Lois Whitaker Taylor Dayton 1910 ~ 2011

Lois Whitaker Taylor Dayton, 101, completed her earthly mission April 7, 2011, in Cokeville, Wyoming. She is experiencing a joyous reunion with her beloved husband Reed, son David, parents and other family members.She was born January 11, 1910, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the oldest child of J. Marlow and Ida Whitaker Taylor and a great-granddaughter of John Taylor, third President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When she was two years old, the family moved to Cokeville, Wyoming, where her father became a rancher. She grew up in a loving family with two sisters and two brothers. They were always active in the LDS Church. The Taylor family loved music which was an integral part of their lives and influenced subsequent generations. Lois graduated from Cokeville High School, attended USAC (now USU). When her missionary, S. Reed Dayton, returned home, they were married in the Salt Lake Temple June 24, 1931. Lois and Reed shared 70 happy years together before his death in 2001. They are the parents of two daughters and six sons. Their children and spouses are: Elder L. Tom and Barbara Perry, Sharon and Janel Dayton, Robert and Carol Petersen, Lynn and Margaret Dayton, Lyman and Elizabeth Dayton, Mark and Eve Dayton, Merril and Susan (deceased) Dayton, and David (deceased) and Cynthia Dayton. They are the grandparents of 49 grandchildren, 136 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by loving nieces and nephews. Lois was a faithful Latter-day Saint and served in many capacities. She was a ward organist for 45 years and served in each of the auxiliaries. She was a supportive wife to her husband who was a bishop for 23 years and a stake president for 14 years. A highlight of their life was presiding over the Nevada Las Vegas Mission from 1978-1981. She loved her missionaries and her missionary work continued the rest of her life. In 2006, she was honored by the Worldwide Organization for Women for her "Influence for Good in the Family." Later, she was honored in Cokeville with the Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing her service and dedication to the community. Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, April 16 at the Cokeville Ward Chapel. Friends and family may call at the ward Friday April 15 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday 9:30-11:30 a.m. Interment at Cokeville Cemetery.