Vada R Taylor

August 27, 1925February 21, 2018

Vada Beatrice Rowell was born on August 27, 1925 to Lillie Mae and John Wesley Rowell in Sulphur Springs, Texas. Due to the separation of her parents, she was raised by her loving grandmother Catherine Rowell in Durant, Oklahoma. This is where she met the love of her life, Raymon E. Taylor. They were married at the First Church of the Nazarene in Durant on February 3, 1946. Because of the true couple they became, it is very difficult to tell Vada’s story without Raymon. Vada and Raymon had and lost their first child, Mary Elizabeth, on November 10, 1946. Soon after, they moved to Grand Prairie, Texas. In 1948, both got jobs at Chance Vought. Vada worked for the company until her retirement 1984. This was a total service of 36 years. However, as she often said, it cost her 7 years of seniority to give birth to her second child, Charles Allen Taylor in 1953. Vada served in many areas of responsibility during her tenure at the “plant”. Vada and Raymon were essentially charter members of the First Church of the Nazarene in Grand Prairie. They served in many leadership capacities and supported the church financially as it grew from a living room through 3 new buildings. Although Vada was unable to attend services for the last several years, she was always faithful with her tithes and offerings on the first of every month. One of her church “jobs” was to ensure that every member got hand written birthday greetings from the church on time. She did this for many years until she was no longer physically able to do it. Vada loved to sing. While still in Durant she and friends went to a recording studio and cut a record demo of Christian hymns. She sang in the church choir, and as a soloist, in duets, trios, and quartets. Often, she was asked to sing at weddings and other special events. Vada and Raymon were avid travelers (car and tour bus – no planes). Together, and with friends, they touched most of the 48 Continental States. In 2011 (at age 86), she took her first commercial airline flight (first class) to Miami, Florida to attend her youngest grandson’s wedding. The American Airlines flight crew announced her presence and presented her with wings and a certificate in recognition of the event. Vada loved to entertain, be with friends, and play “42”. Raymon was an avid fish catcher but Vada was a GREAT fish cooker. They supplied the fish or hosted many fish fries for friends and church members. These events would usually wind up becoming a “42” tournament. Additionally, many summers were spent camping at Lake Grapevine with multiple families joining in. These forever memories will be cherished by all who were there. Vada loved and kept every greeting card and picture she ever received. Vada was preceded in death by her grandmother: Catherine Powell Rowell; parents: John Wesley Rowell and Lillie Mae Garner; her beloved husband: Raymon E. Taylor; her daughter: Mary Elizabeth Taylor; her sister: Virginia Rowell Shipman; her grandson: Raymon Michael Taylor; and great-grandson: Branson Michael Taylor. Vada is survived by her brothers: Donald Rowell (Carol) of Waco, Tx, J.W “Jay” Rowell of Watsonville, Ca., Richard Rowell (Jan) of San Tan Valley, AZ., Wayne Garner (Donna) of Hewitt, TX.; grandsons: Stephen David Taylor (Beverly) and Timothy Richard Taylor (Britani) of Miami, FL, and Charles Patrick Taylor (Jessica) – US Army stationed in Germany; great-grandchildren: Stephenie, Stephen, Jr., Abigail, and Stephena; and her son: Charles Allen. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Grand Prairie Family Church of the Nazarene located at 1513 S Belt Line Road, Grand Prairie, Texas 75051.  


  • Visitation Wednesday, February 28, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 1, 2018
  • Graveside Service Friday, March 2, 2018
  • Graveside Service & Interment Friday, March 2, 2018

Vada R Taylor

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Doris and Bobby Richardson

February 25, 2018

Charlie, we are so sorry for your loss. Praying for the family.

Diane Young

February 24, 2018

Charlie, Rick are and I are here if and when you or the boys need us. Ma was so proud of all of you. You did good Charlie, never forget that!

Bonita Vorderkunz

February 24, 2018

Charlie, We are so sorry.. Hugs and prayers for you and your family. We love you.

Marla and David Bull

February 24, 2018

Charlie, we are so sorry. Hugs. Love you.