Mary was born in Copper Lake, Nova Scotia, near Loch Haber and Antigonish, to the late Jessie (Sears) and James MacPherson. She was preceded by brother, John William Bernard MacPherson; cousins, John Lawrence, Andrew, Herb, George and Neal Sears; step-brother, Richard Brine; brother-in-law, Eddie (Jackie) Taylor; sister-in-law, Eva (Marc) Taylor Polz; and her beloved husband of over 60 years, Tommy Taylor.
Mary is survived by her children, Pam Taylor, Jim Taylor (Gwen), Susan Garcia (Alex) and Dean Taylor; grandchildren, Dani Heyward, Stacie Mandaguit, Mikki Koepp, Zach Taylor (Tonya), Samantha Good, Devin Hogue (Daniel) and Thomas Taylor; great-grandchildren, Brienna Crimmins, Lexie Heyward, Marlie Mandaguit, Jordan, Felicity and Savannah Taylor, Keelie, Laney and Aaron Koepp, Cayden, Zoe and Laila Good, Madalyn, Everett and Lucy Hogue; great-great-grandchildren, Aaman Barron III and Soren Loyd; step-sister, Sally (Paul) Reed.
After her father died, Mary immigrated to the U.S. with her mother and brother to live with her uncle, the late Judge Tom Sears (Lollie), and his family in Rail Road Flat. She met Tommy In the first grade at Eureka School there. She graduated from Holy Names H.S. (’38) and College of the Holy Names (’42) in Oakland. During WWII she volunteered giving USO dances for servicemen. She taught school and married Tommy in St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Oakland Feb. 24, 1945. Their reception in Rail Road lasted until 4 a.m. the next morning. They soon returned to Rail Road Flat to begin Tommy’s career as a logging contractor and Mary’s career as a full-time wife, mother, domestic goddess, chauffeur, bookkeeper, parts and tires runner.
The growing family spent most of the school year in Stockton so her kids could go to Catholic school, then back to Rail Road when school was out. A common sight Monday mornings was Mary, car full of kids, flying down Alabama Hill on the way to Stockton to drop them at school. They lived in Sonora in the 1960s, for a few years in the Redding area, then returned home to Rail Road. They donated use of their property for Taylor Park. In retirement, Tommy became a county supervisor and Mary volunteered in the Rail Road Flat Community Club, Taylor Park, Rail Road Flat Elementary and Our Lady of Fatima in West Point. She played piano, golfed, and enjoyed playing Bingo and cards, especially bridge. In her later years in San Andreas, Mary enjoyed attending every fundraising dinner she could. She loved her Oakland Athletics and Raiders. Mary’s biggest joy in life was her family – husband and kids always came first. Her strong Catholic faith and education were evident in the positive, cheerful, loving and beautiful lady we knew and loved.
Services were held at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in San Andreas April 15, with private family burial at Independence Cemetery. Mary would be honored by donations in her memory to: Friends of Rail Road Flat School, c/o Calaveras Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1436, Angels Camp, CA 95222; or Friends of the Calaveras County Library, P. O. Box 1552, San Andreas CA 95249.
Arrangements: San Andreas Memorial Chapel, 754-3361; Submitted by Pam Taylor 754-5654.