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Thelma L. "Dusty" Taylor


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Thelma L. "Dusty" Taylor Obituary
Taylor, Thelma L. "Dusty" 88, of Arlington, TX died Thursday at Dallas Methodist Hospital with family at her side. Dusty was born to the late Elton Daniel and Bo Vita Chowing, October 24, 1925, in Lancaster, TX. Dusty was an extraordinary woman who, in a time when relatively few women pursued independent careers, earned her Certification of Interior Design in 1963. Known for her meticulous attention to detail, eye for classic style, and tireless work ethic, she took the North Dallas Design District by storm. Dusty held top sales positions at the Galleria Distinctive Furnishings, Housley-Hansen Fine Furniture, and Ross Howard Draperies; a career spanning four decades. She worked until the age of 80! Her magnetic personality and innate sense of humor often turned clients and colleges into life-long friends. She could (and did) turn a cardboard box into a beautiful accent piece. Dusty was love personified. It poured out of her without ceasing. Birthdays and anniversaries were never missed with her carefully chosen (always Hallmark) cards signed in her beautiful handwriting expressing her love each and every year. She treasured pictures and gifts from family and friends preserving them with names and dates in permanent ink, often with a note of the occasion in which they were received. Cooking was an art form to Dusty. She loved to prepare meals and shared recipes with detailed instruction (in her handwriting, of course) to anyone who would dare venture to recreate perfection. Her famous dressing will live on for years to come! "Attitude is everything." Dusty certainly lived by this adage. In the face of cutthroat sales, family turbulence, even illness, she maintained a positive spirit and "glass half- full" mentality. She had a radiant smile no matter the circumstance. Her love was unconditional. Her words of wisdom will be our guiding light, her example of living, ours to strive to imitate. She was truly one of a kind.The last years of her life were spent with her beloved son, Steve. They formed a relationship that is a beautiful testament. Through illness, love, joy, and a bond blossomed between mother and son. Steve never left her side. He thanks God for the renewal of their relationship, as did she. Dusty was preceded in death by her sister, Evelyn Darden; her niece, Cynthia Grounds; and her long-time love and companion Ray Matlock. She is survived by her son, Steve L. Meeks and his wife, Beverly Meeks of Mansfield, Texas; four grandchildren, Patti Sue Jordan, Mari Lue Curry, Michelle Wynne, and Steven Meeks II; five great-grandchildren, Justin Jordan, Preston Jordan, Peyton Woods, Dylan Woods, and Paige Winkley; two nieces, Pamela Graves and Debbie Weems. Funeral scheduled Tuesday, April 28 at 12:30, Restland Wildwood Chapel; 13005 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX.

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Published in Dallas Morning News on Apr. 27, 2014
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