Opal I. Taylor

Posted: Friday, January 29, 2010

Former Juneau resident Opal I. Taylor died Jan. 25, 2010, in Wenatchee, Wash. She was 84.

Born Dec. 17, 1925, in Omaha, Neb, she attended school in Papillion, Neb., and graduated in 1943. She worked as a nanny for a year and then went to work at Eller's Grocery Store in Papillion.

In 1951, she and her best friend, Henrietta Spetman, bought one-way tickets to Juneau. She started work at Bert's Foods Center as a checker and cashier and met Eldon Taylor when he was hired as the new meat cutter.

Eldon and Opal were married Jan. 6, 1952, in Juneau, where they made their home for the next 25 years. She raised three children while working as a bookkeeper at the 20th Century Supermarket, which they purchased in 1965.

She retired in 1976 and began wintering in Arizona. They loved the warm weather and golf so much they bought a house in Yuma, Ariz., in 1979. She spent the next 20 years golfing and enjoying her family. In April 1999, they moved to Wenatchee to be closer to family.

She was an avid card and bingo player. She most recently resided at Bonaventure Retirement, where she was surrounded by new and old friends. She played pinochle several times a week with different groups of friends and always looked forward to her time with them.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eldon Taylor.

She is survived by her brother, Clarence Mohr, of Papillion, Neb.; and three children, Charles Taylor and wife, Susan, and their children, Bridge and Keeley, of Vancouver, Wash., Barbara Studnek and husband, Jim, of East Wenatchee and their children, Jonathan Studnek and wife, Angela, and their children, Abigail, Emma and Julia, of Charlotte, N.C., Matthew Studnek, of East Wenatchee, Sara Hotchkiss and husband, Colin, of Covington, Wash., and Beverly Neher and husband, Jeffery, of East Wenatchee, and their children, Steven Neher and wife, Mallory, of Wenatchee, Kimberly Neher, of Greenfield, Mass., and Allison Neher, of Yakima, Wash.

The family would like to thank all of the staff at Central Washington Hospital who helped Opal during her time there. They would like to especially thank Dr. Ettinger, Dr. Nehme, Dr. Mosley, Dr. Wong and nursing staff Jason, Jay Lynn, Jack and Steve.

"We appreciate the valiant effort they made, their guidance and support and the quality of time they gave us," the family said. "Also, thanks to Dr. Peter Rutherford for improving the quality of our time with her for the last 10 years."

Friends who wish may make memorial donations in her name to the Central Washington Hospital Foundation. Per her request, there will be no services. Arrangements are by Telford's Chapel of the Valley in East Wenatchee.

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