Jeanne Pearson Taylor July 2, 1921 - August 30, 2012
Jeanne Taylor, also known as the white-haired lady in the little white car with MOR MOR on the license plate, passed away last Thursday. She was 91. "Mor Mor" is Swedish for "Grandmother."
She was born on a farm in Hallock, Minn., the first of eight children. While she would have been perfectly happy being a farmer's wife, her restless sister Helen talked her into moving to Southern Califirona in 1941.
Ironically, Helen went back to Minnesota two weeks later and married a farmer. Jeanne stayed and began working at Douglas Aircrqaft as one of the original "Rosie the Riveters" on the B-17. A few years ago, channel 40/29 in Fayetteville did a story on the plane and, learning there was a true "Rosie" in the Ozarks, the station invited Jeanne to tour a B-57 that flew into Drake Field. They also interviewed her and aired it several times on the news. Jeanne said it made her feel so important. She and ever other "Rosie" really were!
While working at Douglas, she met Raymond Taylor, and they were married Feb. 14, 1943.Together they raised six children as they made eight state-to-state moves while Mr. Taylor worked in the aircraft business. They made one final move to Eureka Springs in 1980 when Raymond retired. Jeanne, who had no plans of staying home all day with her cranky other half, worked at many of the local shops and volunteereed at the "Doggie Shop" before opening a B & B which she ran for 14 years.
The Lovely County Citizen chose her twice as Citizen of the Week, when she turned 80 and again last year at 90.
She was preceded in death by her husband Raymond, sons Rod and Kent Taylor, and daughters Ronni Brady and Taree Taylor.
Surviving her is daughter Kymm Fleischmann, son-in-law George Fleischmann, and daughter Cindy Skoglund, all of Eureka Springs; also grandchildren Anne Stathas, Larry Stathas, Paul Dodd, Andrea Marshall, Jessica Auxier, Allison Taylor, Shannon Walton, Devon Skoglund, and great-grandchildren Pearson Dodd, Aiden Chalifant, Lauren Stathas, Fisher Stathas, Madaline Marshall, Loiver Auxier and Marley Taylor Tennan.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 2 p.m. at Nelson's Funeral Home in Eureka Springs. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Good Shepherd Humane /Society or the American Cancder Society.