Esther Marie Taylor


Posted: Sunday, February 05, 2006


  Esther Marie Taylor

Esther Marie Taylor

Longtime Ninilchik resident Esther Marie Taylor died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 81.

Services will be held in the spring, when she will be interred next to her husband at the American Legion Cemetery in Ninilchik.

Mrs. Taylor was born Dec. 5, 1924, St. Paul, Minn. She worked for the International Brotherhood of Boiler Makers in 1944. She entered into the U.S. Army, WAC, (Womens Air Corps) March 1, 1945, and served during World War II until she was honorably discharged July 9, 1948. She worked at the Officer’s Club in Fort Walters, Texas. She moved to Alaska in 1968, where she worked at the Officer’s Club at Fort Richardson. While in Anchorage, she became the first female chef at Captain Cook’s Crow’s Nest restaurant, working from 1973 to 1978.

Mrs. Taylor enjoyed gardening, cooking, sewing, crafts, fishing, reading, picking berries, making preserves and canning.

“Esther, ‘Shorty,’ was a dedicated homemaker and worker who will be dearly missed by her family and the many friends who came in contact with her,” her family said.

Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford W. Taylor; and brothers, Edward, Joseph and Howard Hunter.

She is survived by her daughters, Elerene McClure of Juneau, Regina Taylor of Ninilchik and Kim Taylor of Rhinelander, Wis.; son and daughter-in-law, Curt and Brenda Taylor of Houston, Alaska; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Bill Meszaros of Anchorage; grandsons, Michael and wife, Christy McClure, of Haines, Bobby Montgomery of Rhinelander and Matthew Meszaros of Anchorage; granddaughters, Teta Harrell, Jennifer Brown and Joanne Taylor, all of Wasilla, Melanie Meszaros of Anchorage and Katie Montgomery of Rhinelander; great-granddaughter, McKenzie McClure of Haines; great-grandsons, Gavin McClure of Haines, and Brian Taylor, Daniel Williams, Dakota Brown, Kaden Brown and Joseph Holt, all of Wasilla; and sister and brother-in-law, Leona and Jim Partch of Lincoln, Neb.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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