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Obituary for Frances Mae (Christopher) Taylor
Our Mother, Grandma, Great-Grandma and Great-great Grandma, also known as Gaga, passed away on Dec. 23, 2011, at the age of 91. She was the only child of Bert and Edith Christopher, and she was born in Wichita, Kan. in December 1920. She attended Wichita schools and graduated from East High in 1938. She attended the University of Wichita for 2 years. In July 1940, she married Milton (Tim) Taylor, and together they celebrated more than 59 years of marriage. Tim was one of eight siblings, and she enjoyed being part of the large Taylor family. During WW II, she worked at Beech Aircraft and as a volunteer nurses' aid while Tim served in the Army. Following the war, he attended college on the G I Bill, and then they both became teachers. She started with a provisional credential and finally graduated with honors from Ft. Hays State College in 1959. In 1960, they moved to Vacaville, where they both taught in the Vaca Valley school district. After their long teaching careers, they retired and enjoyed gardening on their 3 acre farm and traveling around the country in their trailer. They were both long time volunteers for the Vaca Fish Food Bank. They were members of the Community Presbyterian Church. In 1999, they moved to Carmichael, CA to be near to other family members. She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Kathy Bagley; grandchildren Laurie Tomson (Glen) and Maria Gibbons (Tom); great-grandchildren Katie Holmes (Clyde), Tim and Stephanie Stanton, and Alaina and Tony Gibbons; and great-great-grandchildren Layla and Cash Holmes. She was known as the world's greatest grandma! She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Dorothy Shetlar, and numerous nieces and nephews. Her husband, Tim, died in May 2000. She will be buried in a graveside service on Friday, Dec. 30, at 2 p.m. in the Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Vaca Fish Food Bank, 1102 Alamo Dr., Vacaville, CA 95687 (www.vacafish.org).