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Helen Taylor

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Helen Taylor

October 21, 1921 ~ February 22, 2014

On Saturday, February 22, 2014, Helen Taylor, our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away. Mom was 92, and had been a longtime East Wenatchee, WA resident. Mom was born on October 21, 1921, at Swifton, AR, daughter of the late George Henry and Linnie Derotha (Gaston) Forrest and was the youngest of seven siblings. She was raised and schooled in LaCrosse, AR. She met and later was married to Roy W. Taylor on July 11, 1943, at Sage, AR. They made their home at Sage, AR before moving for work at CRO (Columbia River Orchards), south of the Rock Island Dam, in the mid 1940’s. Mom’s brother-in-law, Homer Montgomery, was the foreman at CRO and a promised job awaited them. Wages in Arkansas during the Depression era paid 50 cents a day. In comparison, the wage at CRO was 50 cents an hour! Mom and Dad, like many southerners moving to Washington State to work in the fruit industry, felt they had reached the land of milk and honey. After working long hours and saving their money, mom and dad moved to the Rock Island area and purchased ten acres in 1955, clearing the land and planting apples and peaches. Mom was a homemaker, who faithfully raised her three children, canned vegetables from her garden and fruit from the orchard. She also made many of her and her daughters’ clothing. In 1977, mom moved to East Wenatchee, where she continued to make her home until moving to Colonial Vista Assisted Living in 2012, at the age of 90. She was a longtime member of the Church of Christ, initially on Okanogan Street and later, Kings Orchard Church of Christ. She enjoyed gardening, traveling with friends, participating in her Bible study group, family get-togethers, going out to lunch, and breakfast on Sundays at Smitty’s Restaurant.

She was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Amy M. Bender; sisters, Stacy Butler, Bethel Jackson, and Bernice Montgomery; and brothers, Kenneth Forrest, Duward Forrest, and Freeman “Pete” Forrest. She leaves behind her children, Brenda G. Jagla of Wenatchee, Marsha K. Taylor of East Wenatchee, and Loye W. Taylor of Rock Island; six grandchildren, Darin Bender of Wenatchee, Doug Feil of East Wenatchee, Andy Feil of East Wenatchee, Chris Taylor of Chelan County, Curtis Taylor of Cincinnati, OH, and Kady Taylor of Aberdeen, WA; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at the Kings Orchard Church of Christ in Wenatchee, with Graveside Interment at 3:00 p.m. at Evergreen Memorial Park in East Wenatchee. Pastor Bob Lenderman will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart Association, or the charity of your choice. You are invited to view her online guestbook at www.HeritageMemorialChapel.com. Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Memorial Chapel, East Wenatchee.

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