Doris (Gates) Taylor (1924 - 2018)

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Wolfforth- The last of a generation, Doris has joined her family in heaven, surrounded by her family at home in Wolfforth, TX.

Preceded in death by her husband, James W. Taylor. Survived by 5 children, 2 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren. Her family extends to many nieces and nephews across the country that have grown up knowing West Texas, O'Donnell, cotton and good clean dirt.

Born in O'Donnell, TX, in 1924, the youngest child of Jake Gates and Fannie Garner who moved to O'Donnell in 1916. Her family survived the Dust Bowl days, the Depression and WWII. Doris graduated from college in Canyon, TX, continued her education with a Master's in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing in Cleveland, OH. She began her family in Lubbock, moved to Colorado Springs and New Jersey for many years and returned to West Texas for her final years.

She lived a life of doing, making, fixing and helping. She could quilt, remodel a house or fix a transmission. A life full of color, imagination, energy and strong family values. Her love of vehicles began at an early age. She could fix almost anything from a car to a bike, knit or even cut out a dress pattern by looking at a picture. She was talented in many ways, always saying she was living up to the excellent examples of her older siblings. Married to "Taylor" for 59 years, they were united in love and family, giving lessons of integrity and creativity to their children.

A graveside service will be held at the O'Donnell Cemetery on Tuesday, September 18, at 1pm.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Meals on Wheels.


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Combest Family Funeral Homes
2210 Broadway
Lubbock, TX 79401
(806) 749-4483
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Sept. 16 to Sept. 17, 2018