Our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, Margaret Bayles Taylor, passed away Sunday, February 21, 2010, at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, UT.
She was born May 18, 1921 in Blanding, UT to Hanson Durham and Caroline Lyman Bayles.
After graduating from San Juan High School, mom went to Westminster College in Salt Lake City and later to Brigham Young University, where she met her first husband, Russell “H” Denison. They had one daughter. They were later divorced.
In 1949, she met and married Homer A. Taylor, with whom she had three daughters. They were later divorced.
As a single mother, mom worked hard to support her family. She worked for the State of Utah, Reed Hurst Trucking, and San Juan County. She and her sister Marian also co-owned and operated the Dairy Queen for over 20 years. Mom was a hard worker and a good provider. She taught her children to work and be responsible
She taught her family the gospel not only by word, but by example. Her dedication to the LDS Church was evident through the many years she taught in the Primary and Sunday School.
Mom loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren and looked forward to spending time with them at every opportunity.
They loved to play games, roast marsmallows and read.
Mom loved to share her hobbies and talents, including quilting, sewing and crocheting, with her family. She was not just a great grandmother, she was “Great” and that was what they all called her.
Mom is survived by her daughters: Hansene Bleak (Jim) of Thatcher, AZ; Teresa Lucas (William), Mesa, AZ; Tammie Barton (David) of Blanding UT; Lisa Bunting (Tracy, deceased) of St. George, UT; sister Marian Bayles of Blanding, UT; brother Platte D. Bayles (Marilyn) of Toquerville, UT; 11 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mom is preceded in death by her parents, son Tommy Johnson Taylor, son-in-law Tracy M. Bunting, sisters Carol Hurst and Mildred Bayles, and brothers Reed, Francis and Hanson.
Funeral services were held in the Blanding LDS Stake Center on Saturday, February 27, 2010 under the direction of Mosdell Mortuary, Kanab, UT.