Emmy Lou “Tay” (Taylor) Dean

Emmy Lou “Tay” (Taylor) Dean

June 30, 1938- June 20, 2023

Emmy Lou “Tay” (Taylor) Dean was born the only child of Lewis E. and Emma Lou Taylor on June 30, 1938, in Omaha, Nebraska. She attended elementary school at Holy Cross and St. Margaret Mary’s and graduated high school from Duchesne Academy as part of the class of 1956. She received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from
Duchesne College.

Tay married her best friend and the love of her life, David, on February 13, 1960. They had an incredible love story, which led to 63 adoring years together and six children whom she cherished throughout her life. Tay also loved being a prominent and beloved “Nan” to her seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, spending a great deal of time cheering them on at sporting events. As a passionate dog lover, she considered her furry friends part of the family.

Tay’s charisma and infectious laugh meant no one stayed a stranger for long. She enjoyed playing bridge and quilting and especially loved the lifelong friendships she made with those who shared the same interests. She attended weekly mass and breakfasts with her ‘mass group’. A passionate soccer fan, Tay traveled the world with Dave and their friends to watch matches. She had a similar love for horse races passed down to her from her parents and nurtured by many fond memories of days they spent together at Aksarben. When she wasn’t participating in these particular interests, she was always ready for a little shopping and a “quick bite” to eat.

For all of this and much more, we will love her, cherish her, and remember her forever.

Tay is survived by her husband, David L. Dean, DDS, and her beloved children David Dean (Shannon), Thomas Dean (M.K.), Liesl Dean, James Dean, and Michael Dean, seven grandchildren Taylor Borcher (Garrett), Micah Van Scoy (Jon), Jeb and Bo Lucas, Emma and John Dean, Kathryn Brennan, and two great-grandchildren, Lucas and Cole Borcher. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Molly Brennan, and her parents, Lewis E. and Emma Lou Taylor.

VISITATION: Tuesday, June 27, 2023, from 5pm to 7pm with 7pm VIGIL SERVICE at the West Center Chapel. MASS of CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Wednesday June 28, 2023, 10:30am at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 11802 Pacific. INTERMENT: Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church or to David L. Dean D.D.S. for Breast Cancer Research.

To view live broadcasts of the Vigil Service and Mass, please visit www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.


  • Larry Borcher Posted June 23, 2023 10:24 am

    You are in my thoughts

  • Gail Nordlund Posted June 23, 2023 11:45 am

    Tay was the best. I loved her sense of humor and her love of family. Her dog stories always made me laugh. Free of pain, but gone too soon.

  • Troy Crawford Posted June 23, 2023 6:13 pm

    Our prayers are with all of you ….I have had the honor to know Tay throughout my entire career of hairdressing …I started as her shampoo boy in the early 80’s and up until her having to go through her treatment I saw her every Tuesday for the last several years….it was an honor and privilege to have known her as well as her family….we shared many laughs and a few tears together but I will always remember her positive energy and smile when she walked into a room and made the day a better one just with her presence….bless you Tay….you will be missed and fondly remembered!

  • Betty (Mouse) Jones Posted June 24, 2023 12:42 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Tay’s passing. We were in the same class at Duchesne (56) We were Facebook friends and her posts were meaningful.

  • Lisa Eichinger Posted June 25, 2023 9:49 am

    Tay was a true delight and I feel so blessed to have known her. Her love for her family was a shining example for all of us. When you talk about a true love story, Tay and David are the perfect example! She will be missed by so many, but there is comfort in knowing that she is reunited with her dear Molly. I can only imagine that beautiful reunion. My deepest sympathies and love to all of you. So many prayers and hugs coming your way. May God wrap his loving arms around all of you and grant you the peace that only he can provide.

  • Julie & Bryan Trout Posted June 26, 2023 7:53 pm

    We are so very saddened and sorry for your family’s loss. Our hearts and prayers are with all
    Of you. May you find comfort and peace knowing she is with Mollie now in heaven, free from pain. The Trout Family

  • Patricia Dutch Posted June 28, 2023 5:50 pm

    Tay was always such a bright spot to everyone she knew
    She was so very kind to me after my sweet husband died
    I also graduated from Duchense with her in 1956
    I know she will be missed

  • Judy Koranda Posted June 28, 2023 9:01 pm

    Justin and I are thinking of you all. Tay was such a wonderful person. ⁹A great influence on us all.

  • Jeff Hulbert Posted June 29, 2023 3:36 pm

    I am sorry for your loss. Think ing of everyone

  • Kelly Dalhoff Posted June 29, 2023 10:41 pm

    Dean Family,
    I feel so lucky that I was able to get to know Tay.
    She was a ball of fire and her zest for life will stay with all of us.
    I will miss her..
    I’m so very sorry for your loss.

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