ALENA MARIE TAYLOR
Aleine Marie Taylor, daughter of Clyde James and Marie Fern (Lane) Howie, was born December 24, 1927 in Creston, Iowa.
She moved with her family to California and graduated from high school at Gilroy, California.
While attending a dance with her sister Delores, the girls met Sam and his friend Jim Moody. Within the next few months both couples married. Aleine married Sam A. Taylor on December 20, 1947.
The family returned to the Redding area where Aleine and Sam farmed for many years. Hand in hand, she and Sam labored the farm, caring for all the animals and crops. Aleine had a dear love of her animals, specifically the chickens that she raised as baby chicks to mature and ready to eat. She had a large garden that she sculpted and manicured, canning and freezing for the winter months. Aleine also cooked for several years at the Redding School.
Aleine welcomed all neighbors and family to the home, no matter the time of day. She always had a fresh pot of coffee and pitcher of tea, and in an instant could cook a bountiful meal that pleased all.
Family gatherings were held often with extended family. Some of the favorites were Aleine’s tacos and homemade noodles, though anything that she prepared in the kitchen was absolutely delicious.
After retiring, Aleine and Sam moved into Mount Ayr where she lived the remainder of her life. Aleine began quilting of which all of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren have at least one quilt to cherish. She also enjoyed reading magazines, her Daily Bread scriptures and novels. For many years Aleine kept a daily journal.
For several years Aleine continued to share her cooking ability at the Family Resource Center. She loved all the children and cherished them calling her Grandma. To Aleine, it was not work, but rather an ability to help, stay active, and keeping her heart warmed by little ones. She retired for the final time at age 87.
Aleine had a strong faith and enjoyed her drives each Sunday to the Redding United Methodist Church..
Aleine passed away on September 13, 2017 at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center.
Survivors include her children Karen Sue Taylor of Midland, Texas; Randy (Karen) Taylor of Mount Ayr, Iowa; grandchildren: Jennifer Morrison and Jeremy (Beth) Lyddon, Stasia (Nathan) Nickle, Andrea (Rusty) Schuitema, Nick Taylor, great grandchildren: Jayden Morrison, Addison Lyddon, Grayson Lyddon, Brynn Nickle, Breya Nickle, Brittlyn Nickle, Shay Schuitema, and Colvin Schuitema; brother LeRoy Howie of Mount Ayr, Iowa; sister Delores (Jim) Moody of Port Angeles, Washington; sisters-in-law Jean Howie of Mount Ayr and Alice Howie of Albia, Iowa; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Aleine was preceded in death by her parents; husband Sam on December 12, 1998; 2 brothers Lowell Howie and Virgil Howie; and a sister-in-law Joanne Howie. Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr is in charge of the arrangements.
Services were held on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Redding, Iowa.
Officiating was Reverend Skip Rushing.
Prelude and postlude music was by Deb Cannon.
Songs that were sang were: “One Day At A Time”, “Amazing Grace”, “When I Get Where I’m Going”, and “How Great Thou Art”.
Pallbearers were Stasia Nickle, Andrea Schuitema, Nick Taylor, Jennifer Morrison, and Jeremy Lyddon. Honorary pallbearers were Jayden Morrison, Addison Lyddon, Grayson Lyddon, Brynn Nickle, Breya Nickle, Brittlyn Nickle, Shay Schuitema, and Colvin Schuitema.
She was laid to rest at the Redding Cemetery, Redding, Iowa.
Memorials are to the Redding United Methodist Church and HCI Hospice of Mount Ayr.