Doreen Dee Taylor, 61 of Waxahachie, passed away, Sunday morning, August 12, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 1, 1957 in Council Bluff, Iowa.

Dee graduated with a teaching degree from Baylor University in 1991. She taught Special Education for 23 years; 11 years Waxahachie ISD and 12 years Ferris ISD. She loved music, art and people. Dee was parallelized from the waist down due to a car accident when she was 18 years old, but that never held her back from pursuing her dreams. She was a choir director for most of her adult life and spent several years as the coordinator for the Ellis County chapter of Special Olympics. She enjoyed tutoring her students after school and on weekends and also crocheted blankets for everyone she knew who was expecting a child or hosting a charity auction. It was very rare to catch her without a smile on her face or singing worship songs at the top of her lungs.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Dennis Taylor her children, Christopher Taylor and his wife, Jessica and Misty Baker and her husband, David; her siblings, Bernie Nielsen, Rogene Terrian, Vicki Aughe and Jay Nielsen; her grandchildren, Phoebe Taylor, Bryce Baker and Trinity Baker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Victor Raymond Nielson and Edna June Pash Nielsen; also by her grandson, Xander Taylor.

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 1, 2018 in the Pat Boze Memorial Chapel of Wayne Boze Funeral Home with Pastor Dale Wilbanks officiating.

There will be a meal and time of fellowship directly following the memorial service at the Ovilla Church of Christ, 3420 Ovilla Road, Ovilla, Texas 75154.