Florence L. Taylor

Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2002

Former Juneau resident Florence L. Taylor, 94, died Nov. 10, 2002, in Fremont, Calif., following a long illness.

She was born Sept. 24, 1908, to Charles and Christina Loebnitz, in Telluride, Colo. She graduated from Telluride High School, and from the University of Colorado School of Nursing in 1932.

She moved to New York City and worked as a registered nurse for the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital at Ellis Island. While there, she met and married Bill Taylor.

In 1935 they moved to Auke Bay. Florence worked as a nurse at the Native Health Service Hospital in Juneau. Florence built a cabin on Auke Lake and Bill worked at the AJ Mine. After the mine closed, they moved to Fairbanks.

After a number of years there, they moved to Northern California to a ranch. Florence worked many years as a nurse at hospitals and nursing homes in California.

Her family said she loved people and nursing. Some of her favorite memories were working with the immigrants at Ellis Island and with Tlingits at the hospital in Juneau.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill.

She is survived by her daughter, Marilyn T. Taylor of Tenakee Springs; son Patrick M. Taylor and daughter-in-law Marilyn F. Taylor of Juneau; daughter Sally Bartlett of Santa Cruz, Calif.; and grandson Ben Taylor of Auke Bay.

At Florence's request, there was no memorial service and her ashes will be scattered at sea.

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