Friday, April 12, 2019

Mary Louise (MacPherson) Taylor

       Mary Louise (MacPherson) Taylor    September 9, 1921 - April 2, 2019

    Mary was born in Copper Lake, Nova Scotia near Loch Haber and Antigonish to the late
Jessie (Sears) and James MacPherson.

   After her father died, Mary immigrated to the U.S. with her mother and brother, to live with her
uncle, the late Judge Tom Sears (Lollie) and his family in Railroad Flat.

   She met Tommy in the first grade at Eureka School there. She graduated from Holy Names High School ('38) and College of the Holy Names College ('42) in Oakland.

   During WWII she volunteered, giving USO dances for servicemen.  She taught school and married Tommy at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church in Oakland on February 24, 1945.

   They soon returned to Railroad Flat to begin Tommy's career as a logging contractor and Mary's career as a full-time wife, mother, domestic goddess, chauffeur, bookkeeper and parts and tires runner.

   The growing family spent most of the school year in Stockton  so the kids could go to Catholic school, then back to Railroad Flat when school was out.

    They lived in Sonora in the 1960's, for a few years in the Redding area and then back home to Railroad Flat.

   They donated use of their property for Taylor Park and in retirement, Mary donated her time to the Railroad Flat Community Club, Taylor Park, Railroad Flat Elementary and Our Lady of the Fatima in West Point.

   She played piano, golfed and enjoyed Bingo and cards, especially Bridge. She loved her Oakland Athletics and Raiders.

   Mary's biggest joy in life was her family-husband and kids always came first. Her strong Catholic faith and education were evident in the positive, cheerful, loving, gracious  and beautiful lady we all knew and loved.

   She was predeceased by brother John William Bernard MacPherson, five Sears cousins, step-brother Richard Brine, brother-in-law Eddie (Jackie) Taylor, sister-in-law Eva (Marc) Taylor Polz and her beloved husband of over 60 years, Tommy Taylor.

   Mary is survived by step-sister Sally (Paul) Reed, children Pam Taylor, Jim Taylor (Gwen), Susan Garcia (Alex) and Dean Taylor; grandchildren Dani Heyward, Stacie Mandaguit, Mikki Koepp, Zach Taylor (Tawnya), Samantha Good, Devin Hogue (Daniel) and Thomas Taylor; great-grandchildren Brienna Crimmins, Lexie Heyward, Marlie Mandaguit, Jordan, Felicity and Savannah Taylor, Keeli, Laney and Aaron Koepp, Cayden Zoe and Laila Good, Madalyn, Everett and Lucy Hogue and great-great grandchildren Aaman Barron, III and Soren Lloyd.

   All services will be held at St. Andrews Catholic Church, 162 Church Hill Road in San Andreas on Monday April 15, 2019. Rosary will be at 9:30 AM, Funeral Mass at 10 AM, followed by a Celebration of Life luncheon in the church hall.

  Private family burial will be held at Independence Cemetery in Railroad Flat.

   In lieu of flowers Mary would be honored by donations to Friends of Railroad Flat School, c/o Calaveras Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1436, Angels Camp, CA 95222 or Friends of the Calaveras County Library , P.O. Box 1552 in San Andreas, CA 95249.

   Arrangements are being handled by San Andreas Memorial Chapel

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