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Suzanne (Snader) Taylor


05/29/1924 - 10/21/2015 Obituary
Suzanne (Snader) Taylor Obituary
Suzy passed unexpectedly and without pain at her home due to heart failure. She was born in Norfolk, Nebraska, in the roaring '20s to parents Louis and Wilhelmina Snader. With kids Suzy, Jayne, and Jack in tow, the Snaders moved out west to the San Fernando Valley in 1936.
Suzy graduated from San Fernando High School in 1942, where she was selected to attend the American Legion's Girls State, served on the Student Body Cabinet, and played several sports. After high school she moved to New York City and worked as a receptionist in the Empire State Building.
After returning to San Fernando, she met Harris Taylor, a decorated Army Air Corps Captain who piloted B-25s in World War II, and married him in 1953. They moved to Bakersfield, where Harris's Uncle George Barnett gave him the opportunity to run a Goodyear tire store, later named Taylor Tire & Brake. Suzy joined a bridge club and made lifelong friendships. In 1955, Suzy and Harris welcomed a son, Dick, and 12 years later, daughter Donna.
Suzy hosted countless birthday parties, gunny sack races, luaus, pool parties, thin-pancake breakfasts, and holiday dinners. She was a member of the "Greatest Generation," Cub Scout den mother, Wife Extraordinaire, Marine mom, horse mom, Grandmother, Great Grandmother "GG," and her kids' biggest cheerleader. She took charge of memorable family vacations to Elk Lake, Oregon, Big Bear Lake, Nebraska, Yellowstone, Disneyland, Lake Tahoe, and Washington, D.C.
In 2010, she moved to the community of Solera at Kern Canyon, where she created even more new friendships and loved her new neighborhood. Suzy played bridge several times a month, worked her daily crossword puzzle, enjoyed her nightly cocktail, and was proud to have kept her driver's license - and impeccable driving record right through her 91st year - all of it with a smile on her face and with reassuring advice to everyone that "Everything will be just fine."
Suzy is survived by her daughter Donna Taylor of Pleasant Hill, CA, son Richard (Dick) Taylor of Bakersfield, his wife Cheryl, grandson Maxwell Taylor, granddaughter Shellie Billings (Brandon), great-grandkids Jared and Kamryn, brother-in-law Leland Taylor (Avice), niece Heidi Knight, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and exceptional friends. She is predeceased by Harris and will be interred with him at the Bakersfield National Cemetery among many of our nation's heroes.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Patriots of Kern, a 501C3 which assists veterans (1120 Golden State Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93301). Services will be held Friday, November 6, 2 p.m., at the Bakersfield National Cemetery, 30338 E. Bear Mountain Blvd., Arvin, CA, with a reception to follow.
Published in Bakersfield Californian from Oct. 27 to Nov. 4, 2015
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