Marie Garver Taylor,
formerly of Princeton, passed away peacefully at Evansville, Indiana on
February 24, 2015, ten days after her 92nd birthday.
She was born on February 13, 1923 in Cero Gordo, Illinois to Joseph and Helen (Meadows) Garver. Her father, a telegrapher and World War I Veteran, was killed in a train wreck in 1926. Marie was a witness to the chaos immediately surrounding the tragedy. She never got over that loss.
Her mother later married Charles Trader, her
stepfather, whom she held in highest regard.
Marie was a 1941 graduate of Owensville, Indiana High
School. She worked during high school years for J. Roy Strickland at his
Owensville pharmacy. She then worked at Potter and Brumfield (Martha Brumfield
had been her Latin teacher), before becoming a Rosie the Riveter at Briggs in
Evansville during World War II, making 3 wings a day for the F4F Wildcat
fighter, the F4U Corsair fighter, and the TBY Torpedo Bomber. During the War
she roomed with 2 other “girls” in Princeton and took the Victory Bus to
and from Evansville every day. She later returned to Potter & Brumfield and
worked 39 years until retirement. Marie was proud to have been a team leader of
a unit making electrical relays for the first NASA Moon Landing.
On Flag Day, 1945 Marie married George B. Taylor, a
United States Marine. They had 2 children, Gary (Janet Lasley)
Taylor of Indianapolis and Barbara Jo Dietrick of
Evansville, who survive. Marie was at George’s side not only for the remainder
of World War II, but more importantly in raising their family and his
service as an Indiana State Representative, a three-term Mayor of
Princeton, and until he passed away on November 2, 2013.
The delight and pride of George and Marie’s lives were
their grandchildren – Heather Taylor (Chuck) Klutts
and Rachel Taylor (Nate) Kippert, Stacie Jackson
Moss, Reyna Jackson (Adam) Gammon, and Kathryn Dietrick
– and great grandchildren Baden Moss, Owen Klutts,
Madeline Klutts, Ellie Klutts,
Taylor Jo Gammon, Bryntlee Moss, and Nova Kippert.
In addition to the immediate family, her sister, Scena Trader Cleveland, and former son-in-law Chuck Dietrick survive. Marie was proud beyond belief of her nieces and nephews, Mark Cleveland, Robert, David, Kenneth (deceased), Richard, and Greta Mounts, Connie Lockyer, and Bonnie Elpers.
Marie was predeceased by her parents, her step-father,
and sisters Dorothy Garver Mounts and Etta Garver Stock.
George and Marie were long-time members of Bethel
Memorial Church in Princeton. Their former positions and activities at Bethel
Memorial are too extensive to enumerate. Suffice it to say they touched many
lives in positive and meaningful ways. Marie considered herself to
have had a Blessed life. She frequently commented. “There will only be Joy
Private services will be held. Interment will be at Columbia “White Church” Cemetery.