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Sybil G. Taylor, age 81

Sybil G. Taylor, 81, of Sherwood, Arkansas passed away October 21, 2023 in Sherwood, Arkansas

She was born in Detroit, Michigan on September 6, 1942.  She was the daughter of Harold and Dorcas Grabke.

She married Robert J. Taylor on September 5, 1987 in Edmond, OK.

Sybil was preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Harold Grabke, Ron Grabke, and John Grabke; and sister Jackie Grabke Dudley.

Sybil is survived by her husband, Robert J. Taylor; sisters Priscilla Harrison of Arlington, TX and Nola Grabke of Bethany, OK;  brother Steve Grabke of Toledo, OH.

Sybil worked as a legal secretary in several law firms in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas until she retired.  Because of her work ethic, she was asked to return to work several times to help temporarily.

Sybil was for several years very involved with the Arkansas Running Klub, running, serving on the board of directors, serving as president, and directing a 5K race.  She ran many 5K and 10K races and completed the marathons in Dallas, Memphis, Disney World, and Dublin, Ireland in her fifties.  She also hiked the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim trail, 24 miles, with 5,500 feet descent from the North Rim to the river and 4,500 feet climb to the South Rim at the age of 60.  The same year, she attempted the Pikes Peak Ascent Race, climbing 10 miles up to an altitude of 11,200 feet, before being turned back at the checkpoint and walked back down.  She bravely struggled to overcome a known lung problem as long as she could.

Sybil was a very loving person and enjoyed doing nice things for her nephews, nieces, and other members of her family.

The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude for the compassionate care and support by Hospice at home in her final days.

Private family services will be arranged.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at


  • Stan and Chrissy Ferguson Posted October 25, 2023 11:13 AM

    Sybil was a friend that would do anything for you – We will miss you so much!

  • Roy Hayward Posted October 25, 2023 11:55 AM

    Sybil was a true runner and much more. She was a joy to be around, and I enjoyed the time that I spent in her and Bob’s company.

  • Geneva Lamm Posted October 25, 2023 12:01 PM

    Sybil was one of the kindest people I’ve ever known. We had so many wonderful runs together. I have so many fond memories of her. What a great person!

  • Bill Torrey Posted October 25, 2023 12:59 PM

    Sybil was a wonderful person and we along with Linda House celebrated the same birthday. Her husband Bob has lost his soulmate and their friendship to people is an example to all.

  • Sheila Johnson Posted October 25, 2023 2:40 PM

    Sybil was a very sweet person and a dear friend. I will miss her terribly.

  • Ann Spradlin Posted October 25, 2023 5:34 PM

    Sybil and I shared a lot of good times thru the years, both at work, shopping, knitting and playing.

  • Lisa Herholz Posted October 25, 2023 6:28 PM

    I will never forget the good times I had with my Aunt Sybil. I lived with her when I was a teenager for 4 years during high school. She was so involved in my schooling events. Because of her. I have memories in pictures. My friends all loved her and always told me I have the coolest Aunt. I knew this! I’m so happy I had her in my life. She truly was a mentor for me. I learned a lot. Fly high Aunt Sybie. Until I see you again. Your Niece, Lisa ❤

  • Kim Squires Posted October 25, 2023 9:03 PM

    Sybil and I became friends and co-workers at one of those law firms. She was so easygoing and would do anything to help you out. I am going to miss her. Bob, I am sorry for the loss. Keep yourself busy with friends and activities. Nothing prepares you for missing her. Kim S.

  • Roger Fitzgibbon Posted October 25, 2023 10:09 PM

    Sybil was such a kind and gentle soul. I knew her for over 26 years and will miss her terribly.

  • Paul Turner Posted October 26, 2023 1:00 AM

    Sybil was one of the sweetest, kindest people I’ve ever known. I always enjoyed visiting with her and Bob.

  • Joan Scarlata Posted October 26, 2023 7:48 AM

    I enjoyed going on hiking trips with her. She was always fun to be with
    The last few years we played Word With Friends almost every day. I will miss her

  • Leone Fenton Posted October 26, 2023 7:50 AM

    Sybil was such a sweet and caring person. Rest in peace friend. You will be missed!

  • Shirley Welch Posted October 26, 2023 10:01 AM

    Sybil was a very kind and caring person. I’m glad to have known her.

  • Celia Storey Posted October 26, 2023 10:07 AM

    What a sweet, funny, honest, supportive, energetic, creative…what a dear lady she was. And how strong, even when her knees were not. She made those chips at Senor Tequila’s taste better just by sitting next to them. I see her smile in so many settings in my memory, and always she’s being helpful.

  • Kathleen Rea Posted October 26, 2023 10:23 AM

    Sybil Taylor was a kind and warm person. I have long admired the strong and loving marriage she and Bob had. They have been two of my favorite people. Sybil will be deeply missed by a great number of friends.

  • Coreen Frasier Posted October 26, 2023 4:25 PM

    Sending positive thoughts and memories to Bob and the rest of Sybil’s family.

  • Mary Hayward Posted October 26, 2023 4:43 PM

    Sybil was a special, long time friend. Knowing Sybil and being her friend was a very special thing. I miss her.

  • Gjohn Dudley Posted October 28, 2023 12:12 PM

    Sybil was my aunt all my life til now.
    She was like a second mom to me when I was in high school, when she and my mom and I shared a house in KC. Over the last few years we have reconnected in frequent trips to Little Rock, where we did have many close times with she and Bob, and I will always be greatful for those times. I miss her dearly.

  • Steve & Janette Grabke Posted October 28, 2023 3:41 PM

    I love my sis Sybil. I hold all our special childhood memories growing up together— very close to my heart. We were poor in Detroit but we sure did know how to have a good time! And the 2 spectacular, monumental,lexciting times in my life with Syb— is when we all hiked with Bob, Janette & myself (along with the Arkansas running club)— the Grand Canyon (2002) & Kingsbury Trail (2003) in Nevada!! Sybil made it happen & I am forever thankful for her amazing spirit! Always cherishing an outstanding lady! Love your brother, Steve & Janette Grabke

  • tiffany howl Posted October 29, 2023 4:56 PM

    I’ve always known Sybil as Aunt Sybil,
    She simply saved my life by helping to find a Dr. at UAMS to battle the cancer that I was diagnosed with. I am forever grateful for her and Uncle Bob! She was a fighter till the end and such a generous sweet spirit! rest In peace ❤️

  • Bok-Hee Ortiz Posted November 10, 2023 10:58 PM

    I had met Sybil through the Women’s running clinic. She was an inspiration to me. I will alway remember her generosity and kindness of time in the clinics. My deepest condolences and prayers to Bob and her family.

  • Kandy Cayce Posted November 15, 2023 4:51 PM

    Sybil will be remembered fondly and missed by all whoever met her. We knew each other through Arkansas Canoe Club and later a ladies spades group that got together each month. Sybil was always kind and charitable. My sympathy goes out to Bob and the family.

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