Barbara Louise Nottleson Taylor, 78, of Atlantic, Iowa, formerly of Rochester, Minnesota, died peacefully on Tuesday, January 4, 2011, at the Cass County Hospice Center. She was born in Iola, Wisconsin, to Roy and Edith Nottleson of Scandinavia and was united in marriage to Curtis Lee Taylor of Iola on June 16, 1951. She graduated second in her class from U.W. Stevens Point receiving her teaching diploma, a B.S. degree from Winona State University in education graduating summa cum laude and was a candidate for the Purple Key Award. She pursued additional credits towards a graduate degree in History also at Winona State. Barbara taught in a one-room schoolhouse for grades 1 – 5 in Rosholt, Wisconsin, until moving to Rochester where Curt accepted the first Recreation Director position for the city. Barbara became editor and photographer of SCOPE, a newspaper for city employees, retail shop owner, substitute teacher and later math resource center aide. She was actively involved in the American Cancer Society, League of Women Voters Board of Directors, PTA, Girl Scouts, Wisconsin Rural Artist’s Association, and a member of Zumbro Lutheran Church. Her most enjoyable times were spent working with Curt on church projects. She was an avid collector of genealogical information pertaining to her Norwegian heritage. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother. Barbara is survived by daughters, Kim Jordan and husband Jon of rural Atlantic and Wendy Taylor of Landenberg, Pennsylvania; a son, Tom Taylor and wife Dara of Grand Meadow, Minnesota; grandchildren, Elliot Jordan and wife Jacqueline of Ann Arbor, Michigan and Emily Jordan of Anchorage, Alaska; brothers, David Nottleson and wife Rosalie of Waupaca, Wisconsin, and Royal Nottleson and wife Dolores of Wausau, Wisconsin; and numerous brother and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and dear family friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Visitation was held at Hockenberry Family Care in Atlantic on Friday, January 7, 2011, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Funeral services were held at First United Methodist Church on Saturday, January 8th at 10:30 a.m. Interment was in the Iola-Scandinavia Cemetery, Iola, Wisconsin. A committal service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be routed through the United Methodist Church, 800 Poplar St., Atlantic, IA 50022. Hockenberry Family Care in Atlantic, Iowa, is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.hockenberryfamilycare.com.