Bill and Lorna Taylor were fixtures in the Lake Stevens community since they were married on Jan. 27, 1951. Bill, who passed away April 19, 2009, operated a garage in town while Lorna worked at many grocery stores throughout her lifetime.
They had five children and were active members in Ebenezer Lutheran Church. Lorna’s career in the grocery business started at the old B&M in Frontier Village. From there she moved to the local co-op and which later became Jay’s Market.
Lorna worked at Jay’s for 41 years, until she retired in 2005. “Lorna was the standard by which I measured all my other employees. She was not just a loyal employee but was a loyal friend to me,” Warren Jones, owner of Jay’s Market from 1979 to 2008 said. “She was an institution. For all those years you could go to the grocery store and expect to see her. She was no-nonsense hard-working, wonderful person.”
Her five children are still living in Washington state with four of them within the Lake Stevens area. Her son Jeff remembers his mother as fun loving and caring.
“With my mom it was always about having fun in life,” he said. “She was always reminding us that we should laugh and that we should never be too serious.”
If she wasn’t helping at the church, Lorna loved to play Bingo with her friends. Lorna passed away after losing her battle with Alzheimer’s and cancer. She is survived by her five children; ten grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Her children are Gordon (Marcia) Taylor, Vickie (Richard) DeGroot, Robert (Debbie) Taylor, Steven Taylor and Jeffrey (Amy) Taylor.
A memorial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009, at Lake Stevens Ebenezer Lutheran Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Ebenezer Lutheran Church.