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Viola Margaret Mills Taylor

Viola Margaret Mills Taylor

Unending Resources

by Viola Taylor

"Too full is this world for my hungry heart,

Enough of life, I can't devour.

To grasp each moment, to become a part

Of rushing days, with fleeting hours.

I welcome the frolic of the young,

They travel like birds on a wing.

They never look back on the songs unsung,

Their cares, to the wind, they fling.

More years for me have come and gone,

I have loved and lived so fast.

How dull would be life, if time rushes on,

But you pause, and relive the past.

Just open your hearts and let life pour in,

Resources for all are there.

The old always want to say "I have been",

But the young crave a stir in the air.

How dull is the life that waits for the 'morrow,

Or dwells on the pleasures of the past.

Lamenting the joys, then grieving the sorrow,

That the Springtime of life didn't last.

Think not of the future, hoard not of your time,

Death is awaiting us all.

Let your life be refreshed by youth in its prime,

Then we can answer God's beckoning call."

Viola Taylor passed away August 8th at her Ashland residence, Oxford Gardens Senior Care Home, in Ashland, Oregon. Born Viola Margaret Mills on June 30th, 1919 to Floyd and MaryAnn Mills of Montana, Viola showed a strong spirit early in life in facing several serious physical challenges. Polio and what was to become a lifelong seizure disorder did not slow her down a bit. From Montana to Spokane, Washington and then to Oakland, California, Viola loved to climb trees and romp in the Oakland and Berkeley hills. Graduating from Fremont High (Oakland), she went on the University of California at Berkeley on a full scholarship. She attended Cal with all her siblings, three sisters and one brother. In her junior year Viola transferred to Mills College where she graduated with honors.

Upon graduation from college, Viola followed her passion for fashion design and moved to San Francisco where she was employed by I. Magnin as an apprentice designer and model. She modeled her own designs, as well as shoes and hosiery. She met and was married to Robert E. Taylor, a University of California graduate, in the early 1940's. As Viola 's husband Bob began his career service as a teacher and principal in the Oakland Public Schools, the couple settled in San Lorenzo, California where they raised five children: Diane, Bob, Bill, Kathy, and Liz. Along with bringing up her children, Viola worked as a teacher and in other capacities at St. John's Catholic School and in the public schools. She was known to devote herself quietly to the needs of the community and became actively involved in the Literacy Program via the public library system in the 1960's.

Viola played classical piano, wrote poetry, often took a class or two at the local college "just for fun," expressed her vehement opposition to the Viet Nam war, and designed beautiful clothing. She was a familiar and beloved figure in San Lorenzo, walking everywhere. After living in the same home for 57 years, Bob and Viola moved to Ashland, Oregon in 2001 to be near their daughter Kathleen and her family. Bob and Viola lived together peacefully with fulltime caregivers until Bob's death in 2003. Since then Viola has lived comfortably in a senior care home established by her daughter Kathleen.

Viola Mills Taylor is survived by her daughter Diane Yepez of Oakland, California, son Robert Taylor (Marilyn) of Honolulu, Hawaii, son William Taylor of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, daughter Kathleen Petersen (Thomas) of Ashland, Oregon, and daughter Elizabeth Taylor of San Leandro, California. Viola is also survived by grandchildren Lawrence Yepez (Ginny), Michael Yepez (Kelly), Ronald Yepez (Eileigh), Amy Taylor Clark (Mike), Heidi Taylor, Jeremy Taylor, Ursula Petersen, Haley Petersen, Jennifer Taylor, Jaime Taylor, and numerous great-grandchildren. She is survived by her sisters, Lucille Ward of Santa Cruz, California and Francis Fike of Manteca, California. Viola was preceded in death by her husband Bob, after 61 years of marriage, in 2003; her brother Robert Mills in a private plane accident in 1942; her sister Jean Forderer; and her parents Floyd and MaryAnn Mills.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the caregivers who have provided Viola with such loving care, and to Ashland Hospice. Services will be at 11:00.m. on Friday, August 18 at Litweller, Simonson Funeral Home, followed by committal services at the chapel of the Veteran's Cemetery at Eagle Point at 1:00 p.m.

Viola Margaret Mills Taylor