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Marie Louise Taylor
Marie Louise (Swenson) Taylor passed in her sleep on Feb. 16, 2014 at her home in Round Valley.
Marie was born in Stockholm, Sweden and moved to the United States with her adopted parents, Mary and Bruno Swenson, at the age of 4. They entered through Ellis Island, N.Y. and made their residence in the East Bay Area of California.
Marie began her education in the public schools of San Leandro, Calif. When she entered school she did not speak English.
She graduated from high school with honors and was awarded a full scholarship to the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. She studied mathematics hoping to become an engineer. During her university years she would take summer jobs to raise money for school, including working in a cookie factory and for a catering company. Marie was an accomplished violinist.
Upon graduating from UOP, Marie lived in San Francisco where she went to work for Walkerâ€™s Western Manual of Corporations as an editor. She was subsequently hired by Dean Witter and Co. to work in the research department.
It was at Dean Witter where she met her future husband, Thaddeus Taylor, who was a stock broker for the firm, working in nearby San Mateo.
Thaddeus and Marie were married in San Mateo on May 1, 1976 and made their home in San Carlos. In 1979 they moved to Bishop where Thaddeus opened an office for Dean Witter. They bought a home in 40 Acres, where she lived until her passing.
A son, Daniel Harmon Taylor II, was born in February 1980 and four years later, a daughter, Sarah Marie, joined the family.
During her life in Bishop, Marie edited Sierra Life Magazine and was a frequent contributor to The Inyo Register writing a column called â€śGOP Talk.â€ť Her column for the Register was only part of her political activity. As an immigrant and a naturalized citizen she held her rights as an American most dearly. She believed that America is the land of opportunity and that people must have liberty in order to best realize their dreams. She is well known throughout the California Federation of Republican Women having served in local, regional and state offices.
Marieâ€™s civic and charitable activities include being a service person contact agent for the American Red Cross, serving several terms on the Round Valley School Board of Trustees and numerous activities with the Rotary Club of Bishop.
She left a loving family: Sarah Musselman of Denver, Colo., Daniel Taylor of Bishop and her husband of 38 years, Thaddeus. Her first love was her family and her second was the country that accepted her as a citizen: America.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that a donation to the American Red Cross be made in her name.
A celebration of life will be held, time and location to be announced.