2011-07-28 / Obituaries

Irma Marie Taylor

Irma Marie Taylor was born June 3, 1917 and died July 16. Irma was born 94 years ago in Colorado, with two aunts and her father in attendance, to Leanna Belle and Dr. Thomas A. Shannon, who was often referred to as “Ol’ Doc Shannon.”

She went into the family medical business. Irma was a psychiatric technician. Her mother and her sister were registered nurses. The family worked together in what would now be called a chiropractic health spa in Loma Linda. She moved to Tip Top Road in Mariposa in the 1930’s. Her claim to fame was naming Tip Top Road.

In the late 1930’s and early 1940’s she worked at the Madera hospital, in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s, she worked at several mental institutions around the country. She often referred to herself as an old “bug houser.” She had lots of funny stories from those times in her life.

She and her husband moved back to Mariposa in the late 1950’s to care for her elderly parents and never left again.

She volunteered at the Dorcus Society of the SDA Church, USDA, and Commission on Aging. She was active in the Order of the Eastern Star, Rebekah Lodge and American Legion Auxiliary until her health stopped her from attending. She took in strays of all kinds, human and animal, before there was an SPCA or homeless shelters.

She enjoyed spending time with her family. She loved puzzles, reading and spending time with the “17ers,” a club of people born in 1917, and people watching.

Irma was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Gertrude Lowrey; daughter, Deloris Dille; and son, Donald Rose.

She is survived by her daughter, Chelli Croucher and husband Dennis “Doc” of Cathey’s Valley; daughter-in-law, Melanie Rose of Mariposa; and sonin law, Dennis Dille of Fresno; grandchildren, D.J. Croucher and wife Jolee of Sacramento, Tomi Croucher of Texas, Keena Johnson and husband Bryan of Tulare, Mindi Hibpshman and husband Curt of Kentucky, Linda Lawson and husband Jimmy of Sacramento, Kim Beatrez and husband David of Fresno; 13 great-grandchildren and two great, greatgrandchildren.

Her family thanked Pricilla Obst for the time spent with Irma. She truly made her last years easier to endure.

She left like she came in, surrounded by family.

A celebration of life will be held at the Mariposa Seventh Day Adventist Church on July 29 at 1 p.m.

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