September 7, 1919 – September 24, 2021
Kennewick, Washington – Florence was the last real daughter of a Utah pioneer, her father having come as a child on the pioneer hike in Utah Territory when he was two years old. She loved the time she spent with the Pioneer Daughters of Utah organization, and they loved her.
Florence Young Taylor was born September 7, 1919 in Coltman, Idaho, to George Spencer Young and Martha Rigby. She was the 13th child and baby in the family. She started school at Coltman at the age of seven. The family then moved to Provo, Utah, where Florence started 7th grade. She graduated from Provo high school.
Florence was 19 when she met her lifelong sweetheart, Donald Taylor. They were married in the Salt Lake City Temple on March 25, 1941. During World War II, Donald accepted a job with Boeing Aircraft in Seattle, Washington. Their two children were born in Seattle, first Teresa Lee in 1942 and then Michael Dean in 1944.
In 1945 Florence developed respiratory health problems and she received help from her extended family to help with the children. Florence, Don, and their children moved to Richland, Washington, in 1948, when Don accepted a job with General Electric. It was during the burgeoning expansion of the Tri-Towns region, and they made many friends, especially with their religious associations. They lived in Richland for 21 years. Florence worked at CC Anderson and at Le Bon MarchÃ© and was the manager of Danske Hosiery for several years. Don worked at Battelle until his retirement.
Florence was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings. The Jadwin Building was constructed in 1952 and when they had four wards a stake was organized. Florence loved to be of service and especially enjoyed working with children and young people both in the church and in the schools where she lived. She had a great talent for crochet, knitting and cross stitch, and later she made hundreds of tea towels.
Don and Florence moved to Marcus, Washington. They became Snowbirds in Ajo, Arizona, spending summers in Marcus and winters in Arizona. They loved to travel to the Northwest, to the Washington and Oregon coasts, and to Idaho. They were stone hunters and belonged to a Rock Hound Club. Florence and Don loved Schnauzer dogs, and Florence’s last great canine companion was Jiggs the Schnauzer whom she lost about a year ago.
After Don passed away in December 2000, Florence sold her house to Marcus and bought a house in Kennewick, Washington, so that she could be close to Mike and Patty. She continued to Snowbird in Ajo for the next 18 years. For the past five years, her grandson Ira Taylor has looked after her so that she can stay in her home. She has always been very grateful to Ira. Family and friends threw a big party in her Kennewick garden to mark her 100th birthday, and she was overwhelmed with the love expressed for her. She spent her last two years in Colville, Wash., With her grandson where the air was smoke-free, and she was isolated from the COVID pandemic. She died at the age of 102 on September 24, 2021 in Colville, Washington.
His family was his life. She is survived by her son Mike and his wife Patricia, their son and daughter Ira and Rebecca, and her three great-grandchildren of this family, Brooke, Logan and Riley. She loved her daughter Terri (Richard Reese) and four children David, Carol, Kenny and Donna, as well as nine great grandchildren in her family. Florence also considered her grandchildren the Callahan / Bjazevich family, along with Grant, Aubrey, Jamie, Riley, Ryan and Nelson.
Florence Taylor Young’s memorial service will be held at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Richland, Washington at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 2, 2021.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Hospice, which has lovingly served Florence for many years.
Published by Tri-City Herald on September 30, 2021.