Mary Taylor Anchors

August 20, 1933July 1, 2019
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Mary Odette Taylor Anchors, age 85, died peacefully on Monday, July 1, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on August 20, 1933 in Mobile, Alabama.

Mary obtained her degree from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama in Biology and Drama. She decided not to pursue a career on Broadway and married James A. Anchors on June 18, 1955 in Mobile at Government Street United Methodist Church.

After having four children and living in eight different states, the family settled in Vestavia Hills, Alabama for the rest of Mary's life. They attended Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church (VHUMC), where her passion for the theater was reignited with the establishment of the Parable Players. She enjoyed all of the different musical roles she was given, but her favorite was “The Spirit of Christmas Present” from the play “Scrooge.” It was her defining character on the stage as well as in life.

Mary taught Biology and Drama at McAdory High School for 27 years. She was beloved by her students and could command a football pep rally in full pads, uniform, and running in with the team. She was McAdory Teacher of the Year several times and believed that teaching and learning should be fun.

Mary had several nicknames throughout her life- Miz A, Mary Lou, and Mary O. But to her family, she is best known as Doodle and she loved everyone. And to quote “The Spirit of Christmas Present”- “Why? Because I like life!”

Mary was predeceased by her husband, James Allen Anchors; her parents, Walker Dewey Taylor Sr. and Mary Odette Burgoyne Taylor; and brothers, Walker Dewey Taylor Jr. and Hiram Burgoyne Taylor.

Survivors include Mary's sons, Robert James Anchors (Judy), David Taylor Anchors (Denise), and Donald Allen Anchors; one daughter, Leigh A. Delashaw (Don); grandchildren, Robert Chad Anchors, Katlin Anchors Newman, Cory James Anchors, Lauren Taylor Delashaw, Taylor Walker Anchors, and Hannah Grace Delashaw; step-grandchildren Mark Underhill and Kayla Underhill; great-grandchildren Ava Hope Newman, Asher Edward Newman, and Reagan Etta Anchors; step-great-grandchildren David Joseph, John Mark, and Anna Kate Underhill; sister-in-law Pat Taylor; niece Jane Taylor Shropshire; and nephew Hiram Burgoyne Taylor.

Visitation will be Sunday, July 7, 2019 at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church from 1:30-2:30 p.m. with the funeral service to follow at 2:30 p.m. at the church. Interment at Southern Heritage Cemetery in Pelham, Alabama.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to VHUMC Youth Department, VHUMC Choir Program, or to the McAdory High School Future Nurses of America group.


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Marie Greene

July 9, 2019

Remembering Mary brings back some very special memories of happy times. Mary was a larger-than-life character who radiated joy and fun. We were all touched and inspired by her infectious exuberance. Leigh, I treasure the time that you spent living with me. You, like your mom, brought smiles to me during a tough period in my life, and I will always be grateful for your presence. Although we have lost contact over the years, the Anchors family will always have a special place in my heart. You are all in my thoughts and heart during this sad time of losing your dear mother - THE irresistible, unforgettable family matriarch!
Love to you all. Marie Greene

Lara Swearengin-Vickery

July 8, 2019

Mary was one of the most influential people in my life. I left the Alabama School of Fine Arts and went back to McAdory for my 9th and 10th grade years. When I first arrived I was like a fish out of water and she was an amazing mentor and friend. I had her for Drama and Biology and remained friends with her for years after school.
She cast me as Rose in Bye Bye Birdie and she played Mama Mae and stole the show! She helped give me the confidence to go back to ASFA and then go onto The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. To me she was the epitome of strength, intelligence and humor.
I had lost touch with her and it is with greatest sorrow that I heard of her passing. She was a bright light in so many peoples lives. She will live on in our hearts and through all she taught us.
My sincerest condolences to her family!

Michelle Ramseymss

July 6, 2019

Mrs. Anchors was such a blessing in my life. I had her for Biology, Anatomy, Drama 1 and Drama 2. She was a great person and shined from the inside out! Prayers for her family!

Janice Prrfur

July 4, 2019

Mrs. Anchors was a great teacher,great person with a big personality & spirit. I am so sorry to here of her passing. I enjoyed the time spent as her former Biology student. She was well loved and respected. I pray for strength and peace for the family through this time of bereavement.
Janice Perdue
C/O 94 McAdory High

LeAnn Blankensopp

July 3, 2019

I was saddened to hear about the passing of Mrs Anchors....she was a great teacher and role model...made 10th grade biology fun and always made the peprallys fun. She will truly be oldest daughter Chasati had the pleasure of having her daughter Mrs. Delashaw as a teacher in elementary. I thought i was wonderful that she was teaching at mcadory like her mother Mrs Anchors..she is/was loved by many and has touched so many people....

Lee Beth Corey

July 3, 2019

I grew up around Mary at VHUMC and her kids at Vestavia Hills High School. Her husband worked with my father at Southern Company Services. I have many fond memories of her at the church and being involved with the Parable Players. We attended many lake parties as a result of my fathers work. I will miss her dearly.

Becky Goodwin-Lowe

July 3, 2019

Prayers and love to the family. Mary Lou touched so many lives and she will always be remembered as kind and caring. Until we meet again.

Natalie Jackson-Taylor

July 3, 2019

I’m so saddened to hear the news about Mrs. Anchors. I loved her as my Biology teacher and she did make the class fun with her outgoing spirit. She will be missed. I pray God will get you all thru this trying time.

Ms. Natalie J. Taylor c/o 95

Shelly Gregg - Wallace

July 3, 2019

Mrs. Anchors was my favorite teacher in high school. I was horrified when she asked me to try out for stunt night with a singing part but she already knew my potential and through her encouragement and kind spirit I was able to reach my goals. She was the most patient kind hearted & loving teacher and I will never forget her. May your family have peace and comfort in knowing she was loved by many.

Shelly Gregg-Wallace

Mary Mebius Rinehart

July 3, 2019

Prayers and love ❤️ to your family. She was a fantastic teacher that always went above and beyond.


She continued to touch the lives of McAdory students throughout her life. Mrs. Anchors was on our clinical schedule and visiting her was a regular thing for our students. They weren’t assigned but chose where they wanted to go. They often played games with her and she was fiercely competitive. She told lots of stories and just loved seeing them and they loved visiting her. She will be so missed by our students!