Freida Merle Taylor
Sep 13, 1932 - Jun 11, 2019
Freida Merle (Hoover) Taylor
9/23/1932 to 6/11/2019 Age 86
We are very sad to announce the passing of our mother Freida Taylor on June 11, 2019. She had suffered several small strokes in April and had additional complications that deteriorated quickly over the next couple of months. She died with family by her side daily for the last of her days.
Freida was born a Mitchell County, Texas in September of 1932. The last of eight children born to Jessie Isabelle (Strong) and James Allen Hoover. She had six brothers and one sister. Freida is the last of the eight children to go with god. They lived in a small house until moving when Freida was just 2 ½ years of age, from Colorado Texas. There were a couple moves, looking for work to support his family the family finally settled in Artesia, New Mexico around 1936. Where Freida was raised and many family members still reside.
(Generations of past relatives reside in the Hoover Cemetery in Upshur County, Texas. The Cemetery was made on Abraham Hoovers land, they lived there from 1846 to the late 1800’s when they moved to Hopkins County around 1898.)
She studied hard, wanting to be a journalist and a better life. She always wanted more than to be a farmer’s wife. When Jim Taylor came into her life recently out of the Navy, during her senior year, he worked hard to sweep her off her feet. One of their favorite stories was when she worked at the 5 & Dime Drug store where she was to meet Jim for a barn dance date, forgetting she had already said yes to another suitor. When she realized she had made two dates, she ran out the back door all the way home. The guys soon figured it out, had a good laugh and went to the barn dance without her. After graduation, she had a prestigious job as a secretary in the major oil drilling company in her home town. She continued to work as a secretary & accounting discipline.
Jim continued to pursue her, Freida finally married him on Aug. 18, 1951, they had three children. They suffered through hard times and good. Jim was a mechanic in the early years. Just like most people they moved around a bit following the employment opportunities. They had their first son Terry, in Colorado. They were quite popular when they got the first color TV in their town, they had company every day. Freida loved to socialize whenever she got the chance.
A few years later they landed in California where the twins, Richard & Vickie were born in San Fernando Valley.
Jim had quite the extensive racing career around the Midwest so they traveled through the racing circuit, Freida & Family by his side cheering him on to victory. Continuing to race sprint cars in Northern CA for several more years.
Eventually they moved to Auburn, CA where Freida met her lifelong friend, Rosalie Stewart-Davis. While building a tree fort a heavy pully dropped on Richards head and Rosalie heard the screaming across the canyon, she ran over, introduced herself, administered first aid while calming mom down, and drove them to the hospital. Not knowing then what a fantastic lifelong friendship would be born. She took care of us and vice versa. Rosalie credits Freida’s continuous encouragement with her completing her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Rosalie was always there for us, she treated all of us like we were her own. She gave mom a much-needed break or date night out with dad. They were always there for each other, no matter what! Now what more could anyone want in a friend?
Rosalie has always been my other mother; I’ll have to look to her more now that mom’s gone.
A few years later, Jim had an opportunity to go to Alaska and make quite a bit of money building the first Alaskan Freeway, enough to really get them financially secure. This meant Freida would be left alone with three kids for over a year. When school broke for the summer Freida, three kids and thirteen pieces of luggage (full of very heavy truck parts) made the trip to Cantwell Alaska. Freida was terrified but she supported her family and endured the hardships of living rough for the summer. The driving to OR, the flight to Alaska was nothing compared to the old very long train ride to the small town of Cantwell. Involving many hours of travel, just like in the old west, the train made several stops along the way to pick up hunters and their bounty. We kids were thrilled although we got a little bored until the conductor taught us to shoot craps with our monopoly dice. Mom was mortified! But we had a blast! An adventure we will never forget.
After that the Family was able to buy their first home in Foothill Farms, in 1967. Freida was sure thrilled. The same home she has lived in for all these years. (1967-2019)
Mom & Dad eventually built an empire in the trucking industry. The Taylor name stood for something, much more than just a surname.
One of her lifelong dreams was to learn to play the organ, which she mastered after many, and I mean many, long hours of practice. She suffered through us kids playing the drums, trombone and singing, so I guess we could put up with a few sour notes.
Freida enjoyed dancing, she loved to waltz, and they even took Square Dancing Lessons and spent many a night out with friends dancing until the wee hours.
Freida was very active in the Soroptimist Club., a woman’s business/community organization for many years. After Freida & Jim ended their relationship, she continued to work in the Trucking Company with her son, Richard & his wife Sheila until she retired.
A stanch Republican, she was very political and loved to argue politics at any given moment. Don’t mention politics’ or religion unless you intend to sit down and stay for a while.
Church became more important to her and after looking around, trying other churches, she settled on Christ Community Church. Here with all of you! Freida used her skills to work on several events/committees throughout the church for many years. Only slowing down as her age and health interfered. Her many friends (and you all know who you are) helped her through hard times when her health began to fail. There are several people who helped out more as time when by and circumstances changed. Some of them have moved away, way too many to mention everyone. I would like to acknowledge Carolyn Dicks, mothers’ best friend she met while in the singles group at church, who helped us take care of mother especially throughout these last most difficult years. And Doris who helped take her to various appointments and to get her hair done weekly. And we can’t forget Gail, who helped take care of Mom for over six years, a personal friend of mine, trustworthy, loyal and had more patience in dealing with mom and her deteriorating health than I ever could have hoped for. I don’t know what we would have done without such support from so many people! The family of Freida Taylor would like to thank you all for your help & support of our mother.
Freida is survived by her three children, and their spouse’s: Terry & Terri Taylor, Richard & Sheila Taylor, Vickie Taylor-Talley & Scott Talley. Grandchildren John & Heather Taylor & Scott Taylor, Dusty & Jill Taylor, Sarah Talley, and several great grandchildren. Richard’s grandkids, Garrett Taylor and Haven Mills. Terry’s grandkids, Hailey, Jayden, Logan, and Holden Taylor.
Jim was the love of her life and she still loved him even though they divorced they both new they would be together again. Per their wishes, Freida will be put to rest at East Lawn Mortuary in the Veterans Memorial Wall with Jim.
Services are to be held Saturday, July 13, 219 at Christ Community Church at 11:00 am. The family would like to invite everyone to join them for refreshments immediately following service.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital, Attn. Development. Located at 2425 Stockton Blvd, in Sacramento CA 95817. They request you reference Freida Taylor by name & provide the family members address. You may use my address of 8131 Antelope North Road, Antelope CA 95843.
Thank you for your friendship & support!