Beth Harriet Taylor

June 23, 1927-Oct. 26, 2002

RICHLAND, Wash. — Beth Harriet Taylor died Saturday, Oct. 26, at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Wash., from cancer at the age of 75.

She was born on June 23, 1927, in Council, Idaho, to George and Ruth Bryan Russell. She attended grade school in Idaho and then the family moved to Hermiston where her parents worked at Ordinance during World War II. They later moved to Irrigon where Beth graduated from high school. She attended Lewiston State Normal School, now known as Northern Idaho State College, for a time.

Beth married Curtiss W. Stephens in June of 1952 in Reno, Nev. A daughter, Patricia Stephens, was born to this marriage. Curtiss preceded Beth in death in 1981.

She worked as a telephone operator for Pacific Northwest Bell for several years. She later worked as a cook for Chi Amega Sorority WSU where she loved her job and the girls. Her health forced her to retire in 1989.

She then moved to Irrigon where she lived with her mother, Ruth Bentley, and they took care of each other.

On Dec. 19, 1998, Beth married Jimmy (Jim) Taylor in Irrigon. They continued to live there until her death.

Beth was a member of the bowling league, participated in home extension, Alpha Club, VFW Auxiliary, Lions Club and camping with the Moose Lodge. She was an active gardener, growing vegetables and flowers, and loved arranging flowers. She was always ready for the opportunity to beat anyone at a game of darts.

She recently enjoyed a trip to Alaska with Jim to visit his daughter, Kim.

She is survived by her husband, Jim Taylor of Irrigon; daughter and her husband, Patricia and Gary Galenbeck of Salem; stepdaughters, Starr Schrock of Sequim, Wash., Kim Doran of Valdez, Alaska, and Tina Contreras of Hood River; stepson, Michael Taylor of Carson, Wash.; brothers and their wives, George and Areta Russell of Waldport, and Carl and Evelyn Russell of Electric City, Wash.;sister and her husband, Alene and Louis Rucker of Arlington; three grandchildren, Ryan, Jenilee and Anthony Galenbeck; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Curtiss.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Hermiston. A private inurnment will be held.

Those who wish may make contributions to the Stokes Landing Senior Center in care of Burns Mortuary of Hermiston at P.O. Box 289, Hermiston, 97838.

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of the arrangements.

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