Florence Taylor Obituary (1919-2021) – Kennewick, WA
Florence Young Taylor
September 7, 1919 – September 24, 2021
Kennewick, Washington – Florence was the last real daughter of a Utah pioneer. Her father pioneered the Utah Territory as a child when he was two years old. She loved and loved her time with the daughters of the Utah Pioneers Organization.
Florence Young Taylor was born on September 7, 1919 in Coltman, Idaho, to George Spencer Young and Martha Rigby. She was the 13th child and baby in the family. She started school in Coltman at the age of seven. The family later moved to Provo, Utah, where Florence began 7th grade. She is a graduate of Provo High School.
Florence was 19 years old when she met her everlasting sweetheart Donald Taylor. They were married on March 25, 1941 in the Salt Lake Temple. During World War II, Donald took a job with Boeing Aircraft in Seattle, Washington. Their two children were born in Seattle, first Teresa Lee in 1942 and then Michael Dean in 1944.
Florence was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings. The Jadwin Building was constructed in 1952, and when they had four wards, a stake was organized. Florence loved worshiping and especially enjoyed working with the children and youth, both in church and in schools, wherever she lived. She had great talent in crocheting, knitting, and cross stitching, and in later years made hundreds of tea towels.
Don and Florence moved to Marcus, Washington. They became Snowbirds to Ajo, Arizona, spent summers in Marcus and winters in Arizona. They loved traveling to the northwest, on the shores of Washington and Oregon, and over to Idaho. They were stone hunters and belonged to a Rock Hound Club. Florence and Don loved schnauzer dogs, and Florence’s last great canine companion was Jiggs the Schnauzer, who she lost about a year ago.
After Don died in December 2000, Florence sold her home in Marcus and bought a house in Kennewick, Washington so she could be close to Mike and Patty. She went on to Ajo with Snowbird for the next 18 years. For the past five years, her grandson, Ira Taylor, took care of her so that she could stay in her home. She was always very grateful to Ira. Family and friends were having a grand celebration in her garden in Kennewick on her 100th birthday, and she was overwhelmed by the love she was shown. She spent her last two years in Colville, Washington, at her grandson’s home, where the air was smoke free, and she was isolated from the COVID pandemic. She died on September 24, 2021 at the age of 102 in Colville, Washington.
Her family was her life. She leaves behind her son Mike and his wife Patricia, their son and daughter Ira and Rebecca and their three great-grandchildren from that family, Brooke, Logan and Riley. She loved her daughter Terri (Richard Reese) and her four children David, Carol, Kenny and Donna, and nine great-grandchildren from her family. Florence also considered the Callahan / Bjazevich family with Grant, Aubrey, Jamie, Riley, Ryan, and Nelson as her grandchildren.
Florence Taylor Young’s funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Richland, Washington.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests donating to the hospice that Florence lovingly served for many years.
Published by Tri-City Herald on September 30, 2021.