2017-06-08 / Obituaries

Jane Taylor

Jane Conway Taylor passed away Friday, May 12, 2017 at Sutter Hospital in

San Francisco, following complications from heart surgery. She had just turned 86 on May 9.

Jane was the first child of Harold and Grace (Colligan) Taylor. She was born May 9, 1931 in Cleveland, Ohio.

The family moved from Cleveland to New York City to Los Angeles. Due to her father’s military service during World War II, the family moved repeatedly around the country, settling in Campbell, Calif. Jane graduated from Campbell High School in 1949. After high school, she attended University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., where she received a degree in Speech Pathology.

It was at University of the Pacific that she met fellow student John Poulos, youngest son of Anastasi (Frank) and Stavroula Poulos. They were married in 1953, at the Officer’s Club, Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii. Together they had three boys, Jeffry, Jerald and Joseph.

Jane began her teaching career working at McKinley Elementary School in Tracy, Calif., as a kindergarten teacher. She then moved into special education for San Joaquin County. She taught at various special education programs in the Central California area, the longest being Mariposa Middle School in Mariposa for 18 years. There she was known and loved as Miss T.

She retired to her mountain retreat in Mariposa in 2003, after 45 years of teaching. She came down from the mountain in her final years, living with her son Joe in Hilmar, close to her grandchildren and their families.

Jane enjoyed and excelled at oil painting, watercolor and photography. She instilled in her children and grandchildren an appreciation of beauty, color, art and classical music. She encouraged her grandchildren to try their hands at painting, and spent many treasured hours guiding them. Jane loved to quilt and created many exquisite heirlooms for her family to cherish. All of her great-grandchildren were gifted with a quilt made by her hands.

Her last few days included a great send off. She was able to hang out with almost all of her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. And she laughed. She loved to laugh. She didn’t know how the surgery would turn out, but whoever knows what it’s like to do something you’ve never done. We don’t know what will happen when we step up to the plate, but if we have the courage, we’ll swing the bat. She went out swinging. That’s what she did. It’s how she lived.

Jane was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Mary Bridget. Jane is survived by her sons, Jeff Poulos (Ellen), Santa Rosa, Calif., Jerry Poulos aka Otis Hackett (Sandra), Elkhart Ind., Joe Poulos, Hilmar, Calif.; her brothers, Harold Taylor (Greta), Poway, Calif., Frank Taylor, Tucson, Ariz., and Chris Taylor (Colette), Corvallis, Ore. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Meghan Ellis ( Jeremiah), Kayla Poulos, Shannon Roberts ( Jordan), Elijah Poulos (Shaina), Joshua Poulos (Rebekah), Sarah Poulos (Ryan), Rachael Poulos (Doug), Caleb Poulos (Sara) Danielle Poulos ( John), Tom Shanks and Katie Holt;14 greatgrandchildren; and 14 dear nieces and nephews.

As per her wishes, Jane was cremated. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 25 at the Hilmar Grange located at 8188 Lander Ave, Hilmar, CA 95324. The family will be greeting friends and relatives from 1-6 p.m. A light meal will be provided. Internment of her ashes will be private.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to your favorite charity in her name.

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Wonderful Woman! Love you Mrs. T. My favorite teacher hands down. Have fun in your next adventure, we know you will.

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