Dorothy M. Taylor passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at Fidalgo Care Center in Anacortes, Wash. She was born July 8, 1925, in Craig, Colo., to Mary and Joy Carter.
Dorothy grew up in Steamboat Springs, Colo., and upon graduation in 1943, attended Del Mar Junior College in Corpus Christi, Texas. On May 26, 1944, she married Clayton "Jack" Rogers in Steamboat Springs. In August 1957, they moved to the Territory of Alaska, where the next chapter began.
Dorothy and Jack spent many years with their family and friends, enjoying adventures of Alaska. Dot particularly enjoyed outdoor activities, arts, crafts and sewing. They returned to the Lower 48 because of Jack's illness in fall 1972. After Jack lost his battle with cancer, Dorothy returned to Alaska and retired from the Alaska Court System.
Then the grand adventure began. Bill Taylor and Dorothy married on Jan. 13, 1990, in Friday Harbor, Wash. They spent 23-plus years traveling to many wonderful places. They saw Scotland, England, France, Germany, Italy, China, Canada, Alaska and Mexico. They journeyed up the Yangtze River in China and cruised through the Panama Canal.
Since 1997, they lived in Anacortes, Wash., spending many winters as snowbirds, in Yuma, Ariz.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Marybeth Mertz; infant brother, Joy Roll Carter; and step-son, Scott L. Taylor.
She is survived by her husband, Warren (Bill) Taylor; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Donna Rogers; daughters and sons-in-law, Sherry and Garry Lippard; and Debra and Scott Wilbur; step-son, Warren A. Taylor; step daughters and spouses, Karla Taylor Welch and James (Scooter) Welch; and Sybil G. and Gary Johnson; and sister, Betty Ann Koch. Other survivors include 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, in Anacortes. A reception will follow. Memorials may be made to the
in Memory of Dorothy M. Taylor, or to the Humane Society of Skagit Valley, 18841 Kelleher Road, Burlington, WA 98233.
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory Inc., Anacortes, Wash., and the San Juan Islands.
To share memories of Dorothy, please sign the online guest register at www.evan schapel.com.