Mary “Louise” Taliaferro

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June 23,1922-July 3, 2018

Mary “Louise” Taliaferro went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday July 3, 2018. She was 96 years old. Louise was born Mary Louise Taylor on June 23, 1922 in Eden, Texas, to Cecil and Emma Taylor. She attended elementary school in San Angelo, and moved back to Eden with her mother and sister where they lived on her grandfather’s ranch. She attended Eden High School. She excelled in school and was involved in many extracurricular activities including softball and cheerleading. She enjoyed riding in the rumble seat of her mother’s Ford. She graduated from Eden High School at the age of 16 (she started school a year early because she was ready to go when her big sister was ready to go). She and her sister, Mozelle, packed their bags and headed off to Seguin, Texas, where they both attended Texas Lutheran College, a 2-year college at that time. Louise was popular at school and was selected to be homecoming queen in 1939. After completing TLC, the Taylor sisters were off to the University of Texas in Austin. Louise completed her degree in Business Administration, which was quite an accomplishment in that time. While at UT she and Mozelle attended football games and many social activities. She told stories of taking the train from Austin to College Station to watch the Longhorns play the Texas A&M Aggies and also taking the train to Dallas to watch the Longhorns take on the Oklahoma Sooners in the Cotton Bowl. Louise remained a loyal Longhorn fan her entire life. She was also a great Dallas Cowboys fan. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, Louise worked for the Texas Company (which became Texaco) in Houston, Texas; Craig, Colorado; and eventually in Ozona, Texas. While in Ozona, Louise met Warren Taliaferro. They were married in 1947. They lived in Austin, Texas while Warren attended the University of Texas. They returned to Ozona, where they lived for the remainder of their lives together. They were happily married for 49 years until Warren’s passing in July of 1996. Louise began teaching elementary school and eventually moved to Ozona High School where she taught business skills, including typing, shorthand, and bookkeeping to almost every Ozona High School student for 33 years. She retired from teaching in 1985. She was active with her friends in the Women’s Forum and greatly enjoyed reading and working at the Ozona Library. She was a lifetime member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and served as the church treasurer for Faith Lutheran Church in Ozona for many years. She remained in Ozona until 2013, when she moved to San Antonio and began living at Independence Hill Assisted Living. She always enjoyed playing dominos, listening to music, and participating in the many activities at Independence Hill. She faithfully attended church services at Independence Hill. She is survived by her two sons, Steve Taliaferro of Hollister, Missouri and Craig Taliaferro (Karen) of San Antonio, Texas; her five grandchildren, Scott, Stacy, Austin, Jarod, and Jacob; and great-grandchildren, Tobin and Simon. She was a hard worker, a good friend, wife and mother, and she will be greatly missed. Services will be held at Faith Lutheran Church in Ozona at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17, 2018.

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