Muriel Lora Jeffords Taylor, 75, of Hazelton, Idaho, died July 26, 2005, at Magic Valley Regional Medical Center at Twin Falls, Idaho, of natural causes.

Her graveside service was Saturday at the Hazelton Cemetery. Family and friends celebrated her life afterward at the Eden Senior Citizen Center.

Muriel was born at home to Wendell Richard and Myrtle Ester Wickam Jeffords in Baker City on Dec. 31, 1929. She married John Laree “Jack” Taylor on June 7, 1947, at the Catholic Church in Baker City. They had five children.

Muriel and Jack lived in Jerome County, Idaho, for 56 years, 46 of those were spent at Hazelton, Idaho. Jack and Muriel celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends in 1997.

She received her licensed practical nursing license through a program at Rupert, Idaho. She worked part time as a nurse at the Rupert Hospital and as a home health nurse at Jerome County.

She drove school bus for 25 years for the Hazelton School. She loved to bowl and enjoyed socializing with all her bowling companions.

She took great pleasure and pride in crocheting blankets and various other items for all her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family and friends.

Muriel’s deepest love was for her family. She always remembered birthdays and anniversaries for all her family and knew where everyone was.

Survivors include her loving husband, Jack Taylor of Hazelton; her five children and their spouses, Marie and Harold Michaelson of Texas, Carl Taylor of Twin Falls, Idaho, Sandra and Wayne Hoffman of Horse Branch, Ky., Earl and Beverly Taylor of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Ramona Taylor of Prineville; a sister and her husband, Earl and Bob Lewis, and a brother and his wife, Ray and Janet Jeffords, all of Wallowa; 13 grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; nine stepgreat-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Vearl Roy Jeffords.

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, August 12, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor