After fighting a long illness, Bobbie "Charlene" Taylor left this earth on Feb. 4, 2014, while resting at home with her beloved husband. We are happy to know she is now in the arms of her Savior and laughing once more in the company of her parents and siblings.
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Our mom was born in eastern Oklahoma in 1935. A child of the great depression, she was the fourth of five children born to Myrtle Alice Cooper and Benjamin Royston Adams. She was the daughter of a kind, compassionate and loving mother and a tough as leather, easy to laugh and practical joking father. She lived in her hometown of Quinton until, at the age of six, "Pop" led his family in the footsteps of his kin and countrymen down Route 66 to seek his fortune in the Central Valley of California. Eventually settling in the Stanislaus County town of Hughson, the family prospered while mom went on to find her Golden State treasure when she married her grade-school sweetheart, "Donnie," 59 years and four days before her passing.
To mom and dad's marriage were born two sons and a daughter, a trio that instantly became the purpose of her life. Later she became "Grammie" and devoted much of her attention to her eight grandchildren.
Growing up, mom taught us how to fish and to find pleasure in the simple things. We learned to love baseball, picnics in green grass by a river, books and Sunday drives to Santa Cruz. A woman of strong and unwavering faith in her Lord, she instilled in us her love of laughter, newspapers, politics and nurtured an intellectual curiosity that led her three children on lifelong quests for knowledge. When considering the legacy of the three families she and dad created, mom certainly leaves this world better than it was when she arrived.
She lived most of her life in the Central Valley, with the last 20 years in Emmett, where she and dad purchased and operated Taylor Aviation at the Emmett Airport. But her roots always remained in the hilly Arkansas River country of Pittsburgh County, Okla. She was immensely proud of her Choctaw heritage. Mom made sure we knew we are the great-great-great-great-great-grandchildren of Choctaw Chief Mushulatubbee. Comrade-in-arms and friend to Andy Jackson he was the chief who, in 1831, led his people on the trail of tears from their Mississippi homeland to the Indian Territory in what later became mom's home state. She was also proud to be an "okie kid," and if you grew up in the Adams clan, you became proud to own that distinguished title too.
She was preceded in death by her folks, her brothers Curt and Ken and sisters June and Wanda.
She is survived by her husband, son Chris (Joni) of Yuba City, Calif., son Kelly (Kellie) of Emmett, daughter Julie Bartsch (Stan) of Sparks, Nev., eight deeply adored grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank everyone who helped and supported mom and dad through this long ordeal, including Dr. Thomson, Gayla and everyone at Treasure Valley Hospice, Pastor Jonathon and the congregation at Community Bible Church, the wonderful staff at Walter Knox Memorial Hospital and Bill and Kathy.
Everyone is invited to attend a memorial on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Community Bible Church. A private ceremony will be held on March 29, 2014, at her final resting place in Robbins, Calif. Boomer Sooner!
Services are under the direction of the Potter Funeral Chapel, Emmett.
Published in Emmett Messenger Index from Feb. 10 to Mar. 11, 2014
Potter Funeral Chapel
228 East Main Street Emmett, ID 83617