Ella Maxine Taylor, longtime Burns resident, died Saturday, Jan. 5. She had been in ill health for several years.
Ella was born Oct. 11, 1924, in Roswell, Idaho. She was the third child of Charles F. and Elsie Graber Schultz. She spent most of her childhood in the Wilder, Idaho, area.
She met Lloyd Taylor when he was home on leave from the Merchant Marines. In 1944, she took the train to Louisiana where Lloyd was stationed. She and Lloyd were married on June 15 in the town of Gretna.
After the war, they returned to Idaho. They moved to Burns in 1949.
Ella worked as a cook at the hospital for several years. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting and doing jigsaw puzzles. Her home was her pride, and she was a wonderful cook. No one could make fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy like she did.
She is survived by her sons and their wives, Charles and Lois, Paul and Vicki, and Wesley and Diana; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Wyona Keith; and sisters-in-law, Darlene and Shirley Upton.
Ella was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd; parents, Charlie and Elsie; brother, Frank; and sister, Josephine.
Services are scheduled for Friday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m. at LaFollette’s Chapel with interment to follow at the Burns Cemetery.
Contributions in Ella’s name may be made to the Harney County Senior Center.