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Mrs. Carolyn Ruth Taylor

Obituary for Mrs. Carolyn Ruth Taylor

May 15, 1925 - February 16, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 92


May 15, 1925 – February 6, 2018

Mrs. Carolyn Ruth Lewis Taylor, age 92, passed away on Tuesday, February 6th in San Antonio, TX. She was the only child born of Ruth Agnes Wood Lewis, and Wallace David Lewis. Her parents were both from small towns in Texas and eventually settled in Denver, where she spent her childhood.
Following the untimely death of her father when she was twelve years old, she and her mother moved to El Paso, TX to be near her Aunt Ruby and Uncle Leslie Smith, who were like a second set of parents to her. She attended the College of Mines and Metallurgy of the University of Texas, now the University of Texas at El Paso, where she received a B. A. in English with a minor in pre-med.

When she was twenty years old, Carolyn was invited to a party at Biggs Army Air Field where she was admired by Air Force Lt. Harry Whittier Taylor, Jr. Although he was not her date, he made his presence known and he and Carolyn were eventually married on January 12, 1946 during a freak blizzard in El Paso. The couple went to Mexico City for their honeymoon and liked it so much they stayed for two years. Fluent in Spanish, she served as a translator for two prominent doctors that were furthering their studies in the United States. Carolyn had her first-born son, David in Mexico City and shocked the Mexican nurses when she stated she would not return the following year to deliver another baby!

During their 33 years of Air Force service, Carolyn and Harry enjoyed stations in Europe, the Pacific, and numerous locations in the United States. They were blessed with three children; David Leslie born in October 1946, Roderick Austin born in May 1949, and Ruthanne born December 1957. Carolyn was raised as a proper Texas lady and embraced the life of an Air Force Officer's wife by ensuring the welfare of the families under her husband's command, as well as neighbors and friends alike. She was active in the Wives' Club, Chapel, and other charitable activities, all while raising her three children and acquiring her teacher's certification. She loved to entertain and her parties were always a special time to enjoy friends and treat them well in her home. After Harry's retirement from the Air Force in 1976, she entered a new chapter in her life, living eight years in Saudi Arabia. During this time, she and Harry enjoyed a business and social life full of worldwide travel, which often included their children and grandchildren in their adventures.

In 1993 Carolyn and Harry moved to Air Force Village II (Blue Skies West). As usual they were active in may aspects of Village life. Harry served on the Board of Directors and Carolyn actively campaigned with Harry for the Village to plant trees for the beautification of the living space for all residents. Their success is a living testament to their pursuit of making Air Force Village a wonderful place to live. They were also well known among the residents for the parties they hosted to ensure that friends and residents could share in each other's companionship. As a devout Christian, Carolyn devoted significant time to the chapel as a volunteer and a lay reader. Her sweet smile, sharp wit, and quick laughter will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Ruth Lewis, and the love of her life for over 60 years, Harry. Carolyn is survived by children; David of Roswell, GA and his wife Kris, Rod of New Braunfels, TX and his wife Gayl, Ruthanne of Murrieta, CA and her husband Tom; grandchildren, Kathleen Miner and her husband Jason, Heather Turkian and her husband Vaughan, Trent Austin and his wife Tessa, and Jennifer Mannhard and her husband Scott. Carolyn was also blessed with eleven great grandchildren; Drake, Celeste, Gamble and Noble Taylor; Clara and Davison Miner; Reed, Brook and Eve Mannhard, and Aleena and Charles "Chip" Turekian Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 8th from 7:00pm to 9:00 pm at Porter Loring Mortuary


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