January 23, 1941 - October 11, 2013
It is with great sadness that we note the passing of our dear sister and friend, Ann Taylor, who left this world on October 11 to join her beloved husband, Fred. While her death certificate mentioned her many physical ailments, those of us who loved her believe that she died of a broken heart and simply could not bear living without the love of her life.
Ann was born to John R. Harper and Delores A. Scott in Kansas City, Missouri but moved to Long Beach with her family when she was still a toddler. Her family lived happily in southern California until they suffered a great loss when Ann’s father died in an aviation accident. Ann remained in Long Beach with her mother and younger sister, attending Poly High, then venturing out on her own (“Miss Independent”). It did not take too many years, however, for Ann to willingly give up her independence when she met the love of her life, Fred. Ann and Fred were married within weeks of meeting each other and were together for 47 years until his death this past April.
While young marrieds, Ann and Fred continued to live in Long Beach and Anaheim, eventually settling in Orange, California. While her husband was working, Ann “took care of business” on the home front. In addition to her superior homemaking skills, Ann found time to be quietly generous with people in need. Stories of Ann looking out for others abound and she had a particularly soft spot for people who seemed neglected or abused. Ann served as a volunteer in the Orange County Victim Assistance Program, receiving commendation from the White House for the many hours she donated to victims of violent crime. Ann especially loved this position, despite being “On Call” 24/7 for years, and always said that she had great respect for her clients, admired their courage, and learned and received much more from them than she felt she ever gave.
In 1996 Ann and Fred decided to retire to Minden, NV; they had spent time at Lake Tahoe over the years, enjoyed the casinos and initially felt they might like to live up at the Lake, but ultimately opted for the peace and beauty of the Carson Valley instead. Ann continued doing the things she loved - sewing, gardening, decorating, cooking and, as always, taking care of Fred.
The last year of Ann’s life was difficult, but she summoned the strength required to lovingly care for her husband at home during his final illness. She was slowly regaining her strength when she came down with pneumonia a few weeks ago and never really recovered.
Ann was pre-deceased by her parents and is survived by her adoring sister, Linda; Linda’s husband, Fritz; her step-son, Rick, and many dear friends. It was Ann’s desire that there be no services but donations to the charity of one’s choice would be welcome.