Patricia Ann Taylor
August 17, 1942 - July 29, 2013
Patricia Ann Taylor, 70, of Tonto Basin passed away July 29, 2013. She died in Flagstaff, one of the Arizona towns she had called home, of Glioblastoma Multiforme, a form of brain cancer.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, David Taylor; children, Dawn (Rob) Begley, Krinda (Todd) Power, James (Ronda) Taylor and Mike (Laura) Taylor; grandchildren, Raquel, Taylor, Jacob, Tara, Catherine, Chelsea, Christi, Desiree, Josh, Kendra and Mike; and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers, Bill (Elsa) Lister and Tom (Debbie) Lister. She was preceded in death by her sister, Kathy (Steve) Collins.
Mrs. Taylor was born Aug. 17, 1942 in Spartanburg, S.C. and moved to Arizona at a young age. She and David married soon after she graduated from Mesa High. They lived in Tempe, Gilbert and Flagstaff, where she volunteered with the Assistance League, before retiring to Tonto Basin.
She loved the community in Tonto, where she and her husband enjoyed boating on Roosevelt Lake, hosting neighbors, family and friends for gatherings, following the Diamondbacks, exploring back roads and spending time with their dogs, Peaches and Iko.
Children delighted Pat at every age and stage of her life. Over the years she took in many children as a babysitter, and throughout her life children found in her a friend, advocate and mentor. When the Superstition Freeway was under construction in Tempe in the 1970s, Pat and other parents successfully lobbied for a pedestrian bridge near Mill Avenue so children could walk to school safely. In recent years she served as a cross-country coach at the Tonto Basin School and on the school board for the Tonto Basin School District.
Mrs. Taylor was no typical grandma. She completed the Imogene Pass Run in Colorado six times, hiked the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim twice, finished the three-day, 60-mile Komen Walk for the Cure in Phoenix, and did the Climb to Conquer Cancer up Snowbowl Road numerous times. She never passed up an opportunity to dance, from the rodeo dances of her youth to a recent performance of Mike’s band at the Green Room in Flagstaff. She loved having a full house for Thanksgiving and always made enough pies (regular and gluten-free) to guarantee leftovers. She was blessed to have many close friends with whom she liked to hike, share a glass a wine or just “visit.”
Two gatherings will celebrate Mrs. Taylor’s life and legacy. The first will be at 4 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 22 at the Elks Lodge in Flagstaff. The second will be at 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28 at Tonto Basin School. All are invited.
Her wish was that we come together for a festive party and share some good stories. Dress casually and bring any fun stories you may want to share, a song or an instrument, or just a smile.
Mrs. Taylor requested that memorial donations in her name be made to Tonto Basin School, P.O. Box 337, Tonto Basin, AZ 85553.