Doris Dean (Fridley) Taylor died May 2, 2005 with her family by her side. She was born Aug. 7, 1918 in Oak Park, Ill. to Guy and Juanita Fridley.
She moved to Arizona in 1948 where she worked for her stepmother at the San Marcos Inn in Chandler. She met her husband of 46 years, Edward Wilson Taylor.
The Taylors made their long-time home for 27 years in Flowing Springs outside of Payson on the East Verde River.
Mrs. Taylor was one of the founders of the Payson Hospital and later worked as a physical therapist and an ambulance attendant there. The Taylor's children were very involved for many years with the Payson Horsemen's Association, and other horse activities such as 4-H and horse shows.
The couple moved to Stillwater, Okla. in 1981 and eventually came back to Arizona in 1989, where they settled in east Mesa in their present home.
Mrs. Taylor is survived by her son, Eddie, and his wife, Holly; daughter, Angela, and her husband, Tige; grandchildren, Alicia Finley, Doyle Van Horn, Brianne Taylor, Chase Taylor and Clint Godac; as well as many other loved family members.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Taylor, in 1996; and her sister, Virginia Andrews.
Services will begin with a visitation at 6 p.m., May 6 at Messinger Indian School Mortuary, followed by a Rosary at 7 p.m. On Saturday, May 7, a Requiem Mass will begin at Our Lady of Sorrows at 750 E. Baseline Road in Phoenix. Burial will take place at 3 p.m. at Payson Pioneer Cemetery.
Contributions can be made to our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, c/o Eddie Taylor, 7860 E. Davenport Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85260.