Alberta Miller Taylor was born April 2, 1934 on a farm near Longdale, OK, the fourth child of five born to Charles Ralph and Ofie Mae Mourer Miller. Her siblings are Kenneth, Ray, Leota and Charlene. She was born premature and was tiny enough to fit in a shoebox. The only way to keep warm was to place her in her box with canning jars full of warm water around her.
She moved around a lot when she was a child living in Lewis, CO; Washington; and Oregon before she was six. The family finally settled in Utah. They lived on Horsehead in a one-room log house. Alberta went to school in a one-room log schoolhouse, at Ginger Hill School and in Monticello.
She eloped with Keith Taylor at the ripe old age of 14, along with her brother Ray and his girlfriend Carol. The foursome spent the first night stuck in the mud somewhere on the reservation. They finally made it to Socorro, NM and were married on January 11, 1949.
Needless to say, the parents of the girls were furious. Keith and Ray were thrown in jail but were later released. This marriage lasted for 46 years. To this union were born three children: Dorothy, Edwin, and Carl.
Keith homesteaded a piece of property on Pearson Point. He worked at several different jobs over his lifetime: farming, ranching, driving truck, mechanic and carpenter.
Alberta managed the home and took care of the kids. Her children could count on a glass of milk, a homemade goodie and a listening ear when they got home from school.
She grew a huge garden every summer. She canned and froze many vegetables for the family’s use.
She loved to raise baby chicks. Most summers she raised 50-75 fryers to put in the freezer for winter. Most summers involved helping on the farm either picking up sticks or hoeing dryland beans.
She loved to cook and everyone enjoyed a meal at the Taylor home. She took great pride in making sumptuous desserts.
Christmas was her favorite holiday. She loved it as much as any kid. She made mountains of homemade candy and pies for the holiday. Giving gifts to her family was a great joy. Having an unwrapped package under the tree bothered her as much as any youngster.
She worked at Blue Mountain Superette for many years while school was in session. She took summers off to be with the kids.
She enjoyed crocheting and created many beautiful things. She made dolls for each of her granddaughters and great-granddaughters. She has made many doilies and table clothes and won several awards at the county fair for “Best of Show”. She gave many creations to friends and family.
Alberta enjoyed the outdoors a lot. The annual deer hunt along with a house full of company was the highlight of many Octobers. Hunting with Keith, Edwin, Carl, Brad or Travis was her idea of great fun. She loved to go hunting with a spotlight.
She spent many hours and walked hundreds of miles to find arrowheads. She spent many hours with her mother, kids, and grandkids hiking the countryside looking for the next perfect arrowhead.
Grandma opened her kitchen and tested her patience to teach some of her granddaughters how to cook. This earned her the title Grandma Cookie.
When Keith became ill, she became his at-home nurse. She gave him shots and stayed by his side until the very end. With Keith’s passing, she became Edwin’s errand boy. She ran errands for him helping him wherever she could with his cow outfit. She said that helping Edwin helped fill the void left by losing Keith.
One of her joys was seeing the arrival of the spring calves out on the range. Branding day was a special event. The Taylor women have a reputation for putting on a fine spread for the hands.
She took care of her mother until she passed in 2001. Alberta and her brother Kenneth formed a special bond when they both lost their mates.
Alberta enjoyed spending time with her grown children. She loved and enjoyed each of her grandchildren; they were all precious to her. Every grandchild was a delight to her heart.
Alberta received an award from the First Baptist Church for 47 years of service at Vacation Bible School.
Alberta built her life around her family, her church and her Lord.
As her health declined, she didn’t want to have to spend her last days in a hospital, so the Lord called her home to heaven on July 14, 2013.
Alberta is survived by her children: Dorothy (Craig) Leavitt, Edwin (Karen) and Carl (Sharon); grandchildren: Renae, Brad, Tabitha, Amanda, Travis, Becky and Lacey; and great-grandchildren Kade, Dylan, Christopher, Michael, Jazmyn, Jadyn, Jalyssa, Kenai, Teagan, Rayston, Brian, Autumn, Ethan and Preston.
She is also survived by a sister, Charlene Bishop (Jerry) of Amarillo, TX; sister-in-law Carol Miller of Flagstaff, AZ; Uncle Hank Herr of Montrose, CO; along with numerous nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Keith; parents; brother, Kenneth, and his wife, LaRee; brother, Ray; sister, Leota, and her husband, Bob; and a nephew, Michael.
Card of thanks
The family of Alberta Taylor would like to thank our friends and family that traveled to be with us, also for the calls and visits. We appreciate the ladies that prepared and brought food for the service. Thank you Danny for your handling of the service and arrangements.
Edwin Taylor family
Carl Taylor family
Dorothy Leavitt family