Former Kenai Peninsula resident Barbara Erlwein Taylor died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage after a lengthy illness. She was 59.
The visitation and service was Saturday in Anchorage.
Mrs. Taylor was born June 7, 1942, in Seattle. Her family moved to Alaska in 1952 and homesteaded on Longmere Lake near Soldotna. She graduated from Kenai Territorial High School as valedictorian in 1960 and moved to Anchorage in 1963.
Mrs. Taylor was a frequent champion at Anchorage craft competitions, and her ceramics and quilts decorated her home in west Anchorage. She also was an active member of the Anchorage Cribbage Club.
"She was well loved by all and will be remembered for her graciousness and good humor. She was always willing to open her home and share her time and many talents with family and her many close friends," her family said.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ted Erlwein Sr.
Mrs. Taylor is survived by her husband, Bill Taylor of Anchorage; her mother, Helen Erlwein of Anchorage; daughter, Heidi Inman of Anchorage; step-daughters Diana LeValley of Florida and Winnie Graves of Washington; step-son, Rufus Taylor; sisters Beverly Walters of Oregon, Susan Davis of Soldotna and Kathy Wood of Anchorage; brother, Ted Erlwein Jr. of Bishop, Calif.; brother-in-law, Gary Davis of Soldotna; grandchildren Alexandra, Brian and Caitlyn Inman of Anchorage; nieces Kara Erlwein of Anchorage, Laura Walters of Alaska and Oregon, Karen Davis O'Hara of Davis, Calif., and Carol Davis of Los Angeles; nephew, Brian Davis of Anchorage; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous other nieces, nephews, step-relatives and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.
Arrangements were made by Evergreen Memorial Chapel in Anchorage.
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