2017-03-16 / Obituaries

Lee Taylor

Lee Sweeney Taylor, aka Belva Lee Morton, was born Oct. 1, 1935 in Bakersfield, Calif., to Sam and Imogene Morton and passed away on March 2, 2017 in Stockton, Calif. at the age of 81.

She graduated Taft College before going on to San Jose State College where she graduated in 1957 becoming an elementary school teacher. Lee taught school for 34 years with Oak Ridge School District in San Jose, Calif.

After retiring, she moved to Mariposa, Calif., where she lived for 12 years. In 2006 she moved to Acampo, Calif., buying a home next door to her daughter, Shannon, and later granddaughter, Dustee, who brought her so much joy spending time with every day. Lee had a great love of reading, painting and other art, writing as well as being the published author of “A Toehold on Life.”

She enjoyed traveling and also had joy in having many pets over the years.

Lee was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel Mahlan and Belva Imogene Morton; her sister, Leora Pauline “Cookie” Davis; and brother John Mahlan Morton.

Lee is survived by John’s wife Eula Morton of Taft, Calif., her brothers Bob and wife Sandy of Bakersfield, Rocky and wife Donna of Gilroy, Calif., and sister Debbie and husband Sandy of Maricopa; her sons, Sean and wife Zulema Sweeney of Vista, Calif., and Kelly and wife Sue Sweeney of Australia; daughter, Shannon Rahn (widowed) of Acampo, Calif.; her granddaughters, Sarah Gasch, Lysha Sweeney and Dustee Rahn; a great-grandson, Carter Gasch, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will a celebration of life on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Clements Buckaroo Rodeo grounds Clubhouse - 19813 CA-88, Clements, CA 95227. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Lee Taylor fund to assist the family with end-of-life care and expense. There will be a basket at the celebration or checks can be mailed to: 25183 N. Watkinson Road, Acampo, CA 95220.

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