Martha was born on February 4, 1930, to Glenn and Beatrice Taylor in Shreveport, Louisiana. She passed away peacefully in Sacramento on September 2, 2017, at the age of 87. She is survived by her two sons, Steve (Sandy) of Sacramento and Gary of Red Bluff, and her daughter, Anita Knowlton (Bob) of St. George Utah, 8 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She also leaves behind her sister-in-law Mary Alice Taylor of Cheney, Washington, brother-in-law Louie DeRoss of Weed and sister-in-law Mary Pendergraft of Walnut Creek, CA. She was predeceased by her husband, Ino, her parents and brothers Glenn and Don.
Her early years were spent in Shreveport until her father was transferred to Weed as a manager for the Long Bell Lumber Company. Tragedy struck in 1944 when her brother Glenn died when the plane he was piloting crashed in France during WWII and later in 1949 when her father suffered a heart attack and died. She finished elementary school and high school in Weed where she was the valedictorian of her high school class. She attended Oregon State College for a short time but left in 1949 to marry the love of her life, Ino, and joined him in Santa Barbara where he was attending photography school. She was his favorite photo subject. This was the beginning of a 61 year marriage ending with Ino’s death in 2010.
Martha was employed as a bookkeeper at the Bank of America, Mallory Chevrolet, and the College of the Siskiyous, all in Weed. After retirement, she volunteered to keep the books at Holy Family Church and for the Sons of Italy where Ino was the president for a number of years. She also was active with the Friends of the library, Altar Society, and the Siskiyou Seniors. They traveled extensively in Europe, visiting relatives in Paderno del Grappa and throughout the USA to see her cousins in the south and attend the annual reunions of Ino’s Army regiment. She was full of energy and loved being involved.
Funeral Services will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Weed on October 13, 2017 at 10:00 am, with a reception immediately following in the church hall. A private burial will be held at Mt. Shasta Memorial Park later that afternoon.
Martha experienced the progression of Alzheimer’s dementia for many years and it eventually took her life. We would like to thank Dr. Harvey Sternberg and Marie Peterson for their help in the beginning stages of this disease, A & V Comfort Home Care in Sacramento for their wonderful care of our mother and Vitas Hospice for the care and support over the last two years of her life. Memorials may be made to either the Alzheimer’s Association, 2290 N. First Street, Suite 101, San Jose, CA 95131-2017, Weed Sons of Italy Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 387, Weed, CA 96094 or a charity of your choice.