OBITUARY

Ann Elizabeth Taylor

August 22, 1939May 27, 2018
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Born Ann Elizabeth Stroud on August 22, 1939 in Port Huron, MI to Lemuel G. Stroud and Olive Elizabeth Bradley. She lived in Lake Charles, LA and moved to Whittier, CA at the age of 10 with her mother and step-father Marvin S. Ford.

She married W.E.(Bill) Taylor on November 1, 1957. They had 4 children; Jeff, Lee, Lisa and Debi. Bill retired from the US Navy after 20 years and they settled in his hometown of Denison in 1973. As an accomplished seamstress she worked part-time doing alterations for Brabants Cleaners in downtown Denison.

Bill passed away September 3, 1975 and Ann obtained her real estate license and worked for Sandra Thomas Real Estate. She was hired in 1981 to manage the Denison office of the MKT Railroad Employees Credit Union as well as working part-time in administration at the Katy Hospital. She held that position for 11 years until the office was closed. She went to work as the manager of the Denison City Employees Credit Union in 1992. She retired in 2007 after 15 years when they merged with Texoma Educators FCU.

She went home to be with the Lord on May 27th following an extended battle with COPD.

She is survived by a son, Jeffrey L. Taylor; two daughters, Lisa G. Galloway and husband Jackie L. Galloway Jr. and Deborah D. Foster; 8 grand children; and 14 great-grand children.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bill; her son Tracy Lee Taylor; and great-grandson Liam Nathanial Mercier.

Visitation will be Wednesday May 30, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at Bratcher Funeral Home in Denison, Texas.

Services will be held at Bratcher Funeral Home at 10am Thursday, May 31st followed by graveside service at Cedarlawn Memorial Cemetery in Sherman with Dr. Craig Canton officiating. Pallbearers will be Chris Foster, Paul Galloway, Matt Foster, John Galvan, Clyde Mercier and Jake Taylor.

  • FAMILY

  • Lemuel Stroud, Father
  • Olive Elizabeth Stroud, Mother
  • Willie E. "Bill" Taylor, Husband
  • Deborah D. Foster, Daughter
  • Lisa Gail Galloway & husband Jackie Jr., Daughter
  • Jeffrey L. Taylor, Son
  • Tracy Lee Taylor, Son
  • Ann also leaves 8 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren to cherish her memory.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Paul Galloway
  • Clyde Mercier
  • Chris Foster
  • Matt Foster
  • John Galvan
  • Jacob Taylor

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, May 30, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 31, 2018
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Biography

When Ann Elizabeth Taylor walked into the room, those in her company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Ann was and how she impacted those around her. Ann was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Ann wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Ann was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve her well throughout her life.

      Ann was born on August 22, 1939 at Ferriby's Maternity Home in Port Huron, Michigan. She was the daughter of Lemuel G. Stroud (Lem) and Olive Elizabeth Bradley, and her step-father was Marvin S. Ford. Ann was raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana and Whittier, California. Always at the ready with a good joke, she grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Ann might describe her as an idealist, her friends and family understood well that Ann was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to her.

      Ann was raised with 1 half-brother, Ronald Stroud. Ann was very accepting and supportive of her family. She was perceived as the central person in her family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Ann was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served Ann well in her adult life and, along with her wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew her.

      As a young girl, Ann was able to empathize and identify with a vast array of people and personality types. This quality drew her into a diverse group of friends and acquaintances. Ann was intelligent and had little trouble getting along with her peers. She was almost always the first to jump in when it came to playing games or participating in other childhood activities. She began to play piano at a very early age, and later her mother, an accomplished pianist, taught her. Ann had the ability to find amusement with almost any activity she and the many childhood friends she shared might discover.

      During her high school years, Ann responded enthusiastically to any new project and was regularly in search of one adventure after another. She attended California High School until her senior year and then she transferred to a private christian school, Brethern High School, in Paramount, California, where she graduated in 1957. She was a very good student, and generally did well in her courses. Ann absorbed as much as she could from all of her teachers and was consistently able to tackle conceptual and abstract problems, using her imagination to master her assignments. For Ann, school often became just an extension of playtime, thanks to her ability to turn just about anything into a game. Classmates considered Ann a good listener, knowing that when necessary, they could go to her to discuss just about anything. Mom was part of the select choir in high school, she was 1st Soprano in the Brethern High School Choir.

      With a talent for making acquaintances easily which in turn brought her an endless stream of friends, Ann was very sociable and could blend without effort into any social group. Assertive and outgoing, Ann was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. She always seemed aware of what was going on with people around her and throughout her life she made many, many friends. Mom always made friends so easily and was always so well liked. Her friends in high school included Marlene Muir, whom she remained in contract with up until her death. Other good friends included Donna Sere, Don Hedges, Ruth Bulger, and Darrell Ward. In her adult years as a navy wife, mom and dad were friends with Claude and Linda Owens, John and Ellen Merchant, and Dick and Alice Ray.

      On November 1, 1957 Ann married Willie Eugene Taylor "Bill" at First Assembly of God Church of Whittier, California. Ann's skill at “building bridges” played an important role in her ability to make her new family happy. She was quite sensitive towards Bill's needs, showing her constant concern and fondness. Ann was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served her well in helping to nurture her family.

      Mom was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide her family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For Ann, parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of her life. Every activity, from chores to bedtime routines, became a game in the Taylor home. Ann's skill at understanding her children's feelings, her sensitivity to their needs, and her gift for gentle persuasion enabled her to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. Ann was blessed with four children: Jeffrey "Jeff", Tracy "Lee", Lisa, and Deborah (Debi). They were also blessed with 8 grandchildren: Erica, Lara, Andrea, Erin, Brandi, Chris, Paul, Matt; and 15 great-grandchildren: Jacob, Dylan, Taylor, Mia, Jackson, C. J., Claire, Jordan, Piper, Henry, Bryce, Landen, Liam, Levi, and Porter.

      Ann was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made her an exceptional worker. In our younger years she was a full-time mom/navy wife. After dad's retirement from the U.S. Navy she worked part-time for Brabants Cleaners as an alterationist, putting to use her exceptional skills as a seamstress. After dad's death in 1975 she obtained her Real Estate license and was an agent for Thomas Real Estate. She later became the Branch Manager for the Katy Railroad Employees Credit Union and after the Denison office was closed she became the Manager for the City of Denison Employees Credit Union. She often worked a second job at a video store, and at the Katy Hospital. She was employed for real estate for 5 years, Katy Employees Credit Union for 11 years, and the City of Denison Credit Union for 15 years. Ann was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize her. Ann had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of her gift for insight. Ann's fellow workers saw her as a supporter and a mentor.

      Mom did not have a military record however she was the wife of a Navy man. Dad served 20 years in the U.S. Navy and mom was with him for 15 of them. Two of their 4 children were born while dad was out to sea. She endured a hurricane, snow storms, and multiple moves, always making the new location an "adventure" for her children and managing to settle the household quickly and making our home seem like we had always lived there. Her family could count on her for being able to make adjustments to any situation as needed.

      Because Ann loved to have a broad variety of activities in her life, she took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. She loved to play the piano, sew, garden, she bowled in a league for several years, and she made the most beautiful pies, always a favorite at Thanksgiving. In her later years she found Atari and absolutely loved to play Ms Pacman and then discovered the seek and find games on her PC. Ann had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of her favorite pastimes. However, Ann's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

      Ann derived much satisfaction from participating in and watching sports. Her charisma, supportive nature and ability to improvise when called upon to do so all made perfect attributes for enjoying a great many sporting activities. In high school, Ann played softball. While dad was stationed in Corpus Christi mom played on a women's bowling league every week. She was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Our dad was an avid football fan and she came to love watching it as well but was particularly partial to her Dallas Cowboys!!

      Throughout her life, Ann was actively involved in professional and community organizations. She was compassionate, accommodating and quick to move into action. Always able to build a consensus, Ann seemed to be the person smack dab in the middle of things, working to get things done. Those who had the opportunity to work with Ann usually agreed that when you were involved in an organization with her, it was as entertaining as anything you could imagine. In high school, Ann was a member of the choir. Throughout her later years, Ann was a Den Mother for her son's cub scout group in San Diego, California, and she was always a room mother for her childrens' classrooms .As they entered junior high/high school she was a supporter of the cheerleaders and the Band Parents Booster Club.

      Because Ann was constantly in the center of things and where the action was, she always seemed willing to join in and help, regularly getting involved in community activities. Ann's gift of planning and improvisation, along with a talent for rallying support, made her a great asset. Ann found new ways of getting things done in order to help make just about every activity more efficient and enjoyable. While she did not belong to any particular groups/organizations, she was very involved with the Katy Railroad Employees as the Branch Manager for their employee Credit Union, and then for the City of Denison as the Manager of their credit union. Politically, Ann was a registered Republican.

      Ann's love of improvising in her daily life was a perfect fit for her enjoyment of traveling. Her favorite vacations were ones that were not planned. Traveling in a casual manor fit her personality well. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer, Ann took her vacations seriously, well, as seriously as she possibly could. With 4 children and a husband that was out to sea quite frequently, we did not take many vacations, so it was especially exciting for her when she and other Navy wives chartered a plane to go to Italy while the ship was going to be there for an extended period of time. She was able to spend 2 weeks there and enjoy a second honeymoon with our dad. This was one of her favorite memories made all the more sweet as she would lose our father just a few short years later, and it was the last time they had just the two of them.

      Ann was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. We had many pets over the years but her favorite by far was PouPee'. She as a toy french poodle; she was mom's baby and best friend for 14 years, from a pup, until she passed away in August 1980. Her family was rounded out by Fifi, Sugar, GiGi, and CC.

      When Ann's retirement finally came in 2007, Ann handled it the way she usually did. She adapted and, like everything in her life, made it satisfying. Because she was such a flexible person and able to adjust to any situation, retirement was just another enjoyable change of pace for Ann to master. She remained in Denison after her retirement. Mom loved her grandbabies, great grandbabies, her dog, gardening, and puzzles. She also discovered games on the computer and loved playing for hours. Even in retirement, Ann continued to stay in touch with her old friends and like always, made plenty of new ones.

      Ann Taylor passed away on May 27, 2018 at Texoma Medical Center in Denison, Texas. Mom underwent a surgical procedure in the spring of 2010 and quit smoking after spending 7 days in the hospital, but the damage was already beginning to show. She underwent another surgical procedure in April 2012 and she was placed on oxygen permanently. She was diagnosed with advanced COPD and fought a battle against it with many admissions to the hospital over the next 6 years. She was admitted to the hospital one last time on May 24, 2018 and was surrounded by her many loved ones over the next few days. Mom lost her battle with COPD, passing peacefully in her sleep in the early hours of Sunday, May 27, 2018. She is survived by her son Jeff, daughters Lisa and Debi, 8 grandchildren, and 14 of her great-grandchildren. Services were held at Bratcher Funeral Home. Ann was laid to rest in Cedarlawn Memorial Park in Sherman, Texas, next to her beloved Bill.

      There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Ann. She was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. She had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While she was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Ann Taylor for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Ann was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with her loved ones.