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Bill & Babe Taylor

May 1, 2015 May 13, 2015
Bill & Babe Taylor
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Obituary for Bill & Babe Taylor

Billie Lee Taylor passed away in his sleep at the age of 92 on April 29, 2015, in Brownsville, Texas.

Frances Camilla Bowman Taylor passed away at the age of 91 on November 8, 2014 surrounded by family, also in Brownsville, Texas.

Bill was born in 1922 in West Lafayette, Indiana to Alvin Lee Taylor and Ruby Hamilton Taylor. He graduated from Monticello High School in 1941, from Purdue University in 1952, and from Indiana State Teachers College in 1956.
Frances was born in 1923 in Monticello, Indiana, to Fred C. Bowman and Elizabeth Harlacker Bowman. The youngest of five children, she was known to all as Babe. She also graduated from Monticello High School in 1941.

After serving in WW II with the 17th Airborne, he returned to Monticello to marry his childhood sweetheart, Babe, on September 12, 1945. They soon moved to Lafayette where they raised a family, joined Bethany Presbyterian Church as two of its earliest members, and became active in the Lafayette community. A lifelong educator, Bill spent his career with the Lafayette School Corporation first as a teacher at Tippecanoe Elementary School from 1952-1962, then as vice-principal and soon principal of Edgelea Elementary School from 1962-1985.
Bill was also an accomplished trumpet and cornet player and a Lifetime Member of The American Federation of Musicians. He and his brother Chuck began playing with the Lafayette Citizens Band as high school students in 1939. He later resumed playing with the band and played every summer from 1962 to 2010. He also passed on his love of the trumpet by teaching students privately.

Babe was a full time homemaker, wife, and mother. She was active in Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Vinton Elementary School PTA , church committees, Home EC Club, and Bridge. She also loved gardening, and kitties. Early on, she discovered the baseball games which were broadcast on TV most afternoons in the summer from Wrigley Field. She became a lifelong, long-suffering Cub fan.

Bill and Babe were preceded in death by their parents, her brother Fred Bowman, and her sisters Marianna Chenoweth, Eleanor Bowman, and Emma Downey.

They are survived by his brother Charles Taylor, their son John (Anna) Taylor, their daughter Susan (Jeffrey) Rankert, of Milford, their granddaughters Erica (Enrique) Guevara, Stephanie Taylor, and Elane (Hector) Flores. In addition, they have four great-granddaughters and one great-grandson.

Bill and Babe will be remembered for their cheerful dispositions, energy, and wonderful senses of humor. Their love and devotion to each other, their love and pride in their family, and their love and loyalty to friends will long be an inspiration to us all.


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