Viva Nell Walters Taylor of Hood River, Ore., passed from this life to be at home with God on Sept. 11, 2012, at the age of 85. Nell was born in Mangum, Okla., on Oct. 12, 1926, to Lancaster and Winnie Walters.
At 2 years of age Nell and her family moved from Oklahoma to Los Angeles, Calif., because of the “Dust Bowl” and to find work. Nell attended grade school in Los Angeles as well as two years of college at Pepperdine College before marrying Ed Taylor on Jan. 7, 1947.
After her children were in school, she continued her education and received a degree in education from Portland State University.
Nell spent many years working for General Telephone and then later GTE in California, Oregon and Washington. She enjoyed gardening, knitting, quilting and singing.
Nell is survived by her four children: Wayne and Colleen Taylor, of Sandy, Ore., Nancy and James Hinds, of Scappoose, Ore., Ellen and Robert Brockman, of Monroe, Wash., and Diane and Stephen Lord, of Liberty, Mo.; 11 grandchildren and their seven spouses, five great-grandchildren and her sister, Donna Flock, of Boise, Idaho.
A cheerful, kind and Godly woman, Nell was faithful to the end of her life. Blessed with a soprano voice, she loved to sing and teach Bible class at every congregation she attended.
Nell was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Ed; her parents and her siblings, Lois Pope and Carl Walters.
Services are planned for 1p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at the Hood River Church of Christ, 1512 Tucker Road, with viewing starting at 11 a.m.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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