Mildred "Millie" (Patty) Taylor, 87, passed away on Feb. 25, 2020, surrounded by family and friends at her home in Hildale, Utah. She was born in Waukegan, Illinois, on May 17, 1932, to Perry Mason Patty and Arkie Louise Miller. She met the love of her life, AJ Taylor, and was married on June 24, 1950, in Zion, Illinois, at the age of 18.
Millie was a family woman. She enjoyed having parties and holidays with family and friends telling stories and visiting. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She spent her latter years enjoying the company of her great-grandchildren.
Before she lost her sight to macular degeneration, she loved to shop. If she seen it on TV, she had to have it! One of her favorite hobbies was painting.
She was a very loving and caring person who just enjoyed people.
She and AJ moved to Alaska from Illinois following work for AJ. For years she worked at the Art Center for her long-time friend, Wilma Jennings. Millie had a knack for framing art. She loved what she did.
In May of 1992, she lost her husband, AJ, to a battle with pancreatic and liver cancer.
She then worked at Sam's Club with a great group of women including her best friend, Sandra Widener. They always chatted about their days and had lunch together often. After Millie moved to Arizona, they kept in touch talking to each other every day. She was always looking forward to those calls.
Before moving to Arizona, in October 2007, she lost her only son, Roger Dale, to complications with COPD and congestive heart failure.
She moved to Patagonia, Arizona, to live by her brother and sister-in-law, Ralph and Phyllis. She spent a few years there with them until moving to Colorado City, Arizona, to live by her granddaughter, Roxanne. She spent a lot of time with her three great-grandchildren, Cassie, Austin and Perry.
Grandma will be sorely missed by all.
Mildred is survived by brother, Neal and Lillian Patty of Tennessee; granddaughter, Roxanne (Daniel); her great-grandchildren, Perry, Austin and Cassandra of Arizona; granddaughter, Michelle, and great-grandson, Ayden, of Nevada; and grandson, Roger, and great-grandson, Casey, of Alaska.
She is proceeded in death by her parents, Perry Mason and Arkie Louise; husband, AJ; son, Roger; brothers, Ralph, Clyde, Mason and Hoyd; and sister-in-law, Phyllis.
Funeral services will be held in Fairbanks, Alaska, on July 18, 2021, at 1 p.m. at St. Matthews Episcopal Church on First Avenue. She will be laid to rest with her son, Roger, and husband, AJ, at Birch Hill Cemetery.
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Published by Daily News-Miner on Jul. 16, 2021.