Mary Evelyn (Russell) Taylor
August 7, 1939 – July 25, 2020
Mary Evelyn Russell Taylor was born to Dee and Arlene (Anderson) Russell on August 7, 1939 in Angelina County. She left this world on July 25, 2020 to be with the Lord after a long, courageous fight with Parkinson’s disease.
Mary married Melvin Lee Taylor on August 17, 1956. They shared many hobbies such as flying kites on the beach, square dancing, fishing, RVing, outdoor camping and studying God’s word. Mary also loved going on a cruise. Mary graduated valedictorian of Huntington High School class of 1957.
Mary and Melvin had two sons: Michael Earl Taylor and Melvin Lee Taylor, Jr. Unfortunately, they lost Melvin Jr. to a car accident and Michael after a battle with brain cancer.
Mary was a life-long reader and an aspiring author who had written several books and short stories. She won First Place for a short story at the Beaumont Writers Conference. Though she was never published, she enjoyed the creative effort a great deal. She was also a talented artist in pencil drawings, portraits and scenery.
Mary believed in always doing one’s best and was well known in the East Texas medical field. She began her work in the medical field at the old Woodland Heights Hospital in Lufkin, Texas by becoming a PBX operator. She worked her way up from this position to working in medical records. Melvin and Mary moved to Jacksonville where Mary worked at Nan Travis Hospital. The next move was to Ft. Worth where Mary worked at Peter Smith Hospital as a medical supervisor. Their last move brought them back to the Lufkin area. Here, Mary worked as an office manager for Dr. Robert Garrett, Dr. Joanie Meany, and Dr. Brent Campbell.
Mary was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1997. She immediately started studying this disease looking for coping tips and new treatments. Mary was in the first East Texas group to use the DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation) surgery developed, in part, by her doctor, Dr. George M. Plotkin, PhD, MD in Tyler, Texas. This surgery is designed to minimize the symptoms of movement disorders, including Parkinson’s. She was also one of the first patients to have the surgery to allow her to receive dopamine internally using an abdominal pump.
A Celebration of Life will be held on August 1st from 4:00 pm to 6:00 p.m. in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances should be Affinity Hospice, any other local hospice, or the Parkinson Foundation.
Services have been placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered at www.gipsonfuneralhome.com
- Melvin Lee Taylor, Husband
- Mary was preceded in death by her sons, Michael Earl Taylor and Melvin Lee Taylor, Jr.; and parents, Arlene (Anderson) and Dee Russell.
Celebration of Life
Saturday, August 1, 2020
Mary Evelyn (Russell) Taylor
Joy Beth Lewis
August 1, 2020
Aunt Mary and Uncle Melvin have always been my favorite Aunt and Uncle. When I was a child, I was blessed to be able to spend time with them during the summers and was always treated like a princess! They were so influential in my life that I named my youngest son after their sons (Michael Lee) Even the last time I saw her, although she was not well, she was that way with me. I always felt immense love from her.
I am also able to say that she and Uncle Melvin were a huge influence in my becoming a Christian. She never wavered from her beliefs and was a constant in my journey to finding Christ. I am so grateful for her love and support!
I know that she is no longer suffering, but she has a new body and is no longer in pain. She is rejoicing with Christ, Michael & Melvin Jr., my Mom Ella, my husband Joe, Grandma Taylor & all those family members that have gone before us.
In closing, all I can say is I know she loved me, and I loved her! I will sorely miss her, but I rejoice in The Lord for her new life in Heaven!
July 29, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss but I know Mary is with both her sons now and is whole again.
I loved her paintings and one still hangs in my home in Houston. I loved all her talents. I thought of her often and thanked her every day for encouraging me to get back into painting on canvas. Randi Sandstrum always kept me up to date on both of you. How I wish I would have been able to come up and visit you both more often, even just to sit by your pond and watch the birds. I loved your piece of heaven called home.
Rest in Peace Mary, you are now in GOD's HOUSE.
All our love and blessings,
Ronnie and Trudy Duhon
Peggilu Garrett Woodward
July 27, 2020
Dr Bob and Marguerite Garret and I want you to know how much we love Mary. She is so much a part of our family after working with Dad for his entire career as a Surgeon in Lufkin. Mary was the glue that made his office run and she helped Dad continue to thrive in his profession. She listened to all his stories and was there to listen to all our family goings on! All three of us children, David, Bob and his wife Janie, and I appreciate all that Mary brought to us and the support she provided as we were growing up and through our young adult years. Her Christian spirit and prayers for us were constantly felt.
Since we moved Mom & Dad to Waco last summer to help take better care of them, we cannot come in person but we want you to know that our hearts are there with you.