Peggy W. Taylor

05/24/1922 - 04/12/2014 Obituary
Peggy W. Taylor Obituary
One tough cookie...Peggy had just the right mix of sweetness and strength.
She didn't crumble under pressure. She was a fighter who was too busy kicking butt to sit down and cry, but knew it was okay to do both. Peggy was a person who didn't always ask for support, but had lots of friends and family who would do anything to help. She knew this through and through.
Peggy was born May 24, 1922, in Marlette, Michigan, to Martin Tyler Whittaker [Michigan] and Goldie Irena (Brown) Whittaker [Illinois]. When Peggy was two years old, her father moved his family to Eagle Rock, CA, to open a mechanic's shop. When Peggy was fourteen, her family moved to Bakersfield, CA. She graduated in 1940, from Kern Union High School which is now known as Bakersfield High School. A couple years later, she met the love of her life, James H. Taylor, who was playing baseball at Sam Lynn Ballpark in Bakersfield, CA. They married in 1942. They were married for 47 years until his death in 1989. When WWII began, she went to Chicago, IL, to see her husband off to war. In 1943, she gave birth to their first child, Janie. Peggy was on her own for two and a half years until her husband returned from the war. In 1946, Peggy had their second child, Jo. Barbara was their third and last daughter in 1947.
All of her life, Peggy was very loving and giving. Peggy loved her America so much. She was a loyal Patriot who flew Our Country's flag always. And wore "Her Stripes" on her heart. She had a 50-year career with H&R Block. She treated all of her clients as family. During the years following her husband's death, Peggy travelled and golfed. She loved going to the casino to spend time with her favorite pastime, 'the slot machine.' She frequently played cards with her dear friend, Roxye Lytle, her niece Shirley (Whittaker) White, and her recently deceased sister-in-law, 'Nita' Juanita Whittaker. Peggy had a strong faith and relied on our Lord to guide her all of her life. Always saying "Put it in God's Hands".
On April 11, 2013, she became ill and spent her final days in the care of her daughter, Jo and her identical twin granddaughters, Carrie and Christie. A special thanks to her daughter, Jo and her twin granddaughters, Carrie and Christie for all the loving care they provided to ease her struggle from this life to the Lord's Home.
She will be dearly missed by all her family, friends, and clients. Thank you Peggy for being youâ€"a benevolent and generous Mama, Grandma, Great-Grandma, Great-Great Grandma, Sister, Aunt, and Friend. Only our Lord knows how much she will be missed by all who knew her. Rest in Peaceâ€"Sweet Peggy.
Peggy's Sunrise was May 24, 1922, at 8:30 a.m.; her Sunset on April 12, 2014, at 10:13 p.m., with Jo, Carrie, and Christie by her side. She was preceded in death by her husband James H. Taylor, her sister Nancy Maddox, her brothers Albert Whittaker, Ford Whittaker, Gene Whittaker, Joe Whittaker, and Mel Whittaker.
Peggy is survived by her three daughters and their husbands, Janie and Bob Pelley of Tucson, AZ, Jo and Clarence Flippen of Taft, CA, and Barbara and Mike Boyles of Mill City, OR, her granddaughters and their husbands, Audrie and John Fennema of Tucson, AZ, Carrie (Avila Flippen) Rowland and Stephen Rowland of Taft, CA, and Christie and Jerry C. DeClue of Vacaville, CA, her grandsons Eric Boyles and wife Jill of Salem, OR, and Jason Boyles of Mill City, OR, great-grandsons Jeremy C. DeClue and his girlfriend Jenny Mendoza of Vacaville, CA, and Gregory Fennema of Tucson, AZ, great granddaughters Kieryn and Meghan Boyles of Salem, OR, great-great granddaughters Allie Waller and Trenity Mendoza of Vacaville, CA, and many countless loving relatives and friends all over the world who celebrate Peggy W. Taylor's life.
Peggy and her family want to give a special thank you for the devoted support and assistance from Hoffmann Hospice, the dedicated staff of CBCC, the kindhearted employees of Komoto Medical Pharmacy on Truxtun Avenue, the tenderhearted and encouraging physicians, Dr. Tung Trang, Dr. Giridhar Gorla, Dr. Shawn Shambaugh, Dr. Clement Alade and their compassionate support staff.
Pallbearers are Christie DeClue, Jeremy C. DeClue, Jerry C. DeClue, Audrie Fennema, Gregory Fennema, and Carrie (Avila Flippen) Rowland. Honorary Pallbearers are Clarence Flippen and Stephen Rowland.
Visitation will be on Friday, April 18, 2014, at Hillcrest Memorial Park (9101 Kern Canyon Rd.) from 6-8 p.m. Peggy's life will be celebrated at graveside services at 11 am on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery (9101 Kern Canyon Rd.), in Bakersfield, CA. Vocalist Sunny Johnson will sing "Amazing Grace", "Dream", and "Mama, Goodbye's the Saddest Word". Online messages may be sent to the family by visiting the online guestbook at www.DignityMemorial.com.
Interment at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Bakersfield, CA, "Garden of Memories", 1502-6.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Apr. 15, 2014
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