Monday , November 26, 2012 - 9:52 AM
Zelda Christina Taylor of Ogden reached her 95th birthday on Thanksgiving Day. She celebrated the day with a dinner surrounded by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Born on Nov. 22, 1917, in Evanston, Wyo., to Arthur N. and Ivie N. Smethurst, she graduated from Ogden High School in 1936. She married Gilbert O. Taylor on July 2, 1936. Their vows were later solemnized in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Logan Temple. They celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary together before he died on April 6, 2011.
She was trained and certified as a nurse’s aide at the Dee Hospital. She volunteered for the Red Cross while he served in the Navy during World War II. She worked for various doctors and managed Stacey’s Balcony for many years.
They spent time fishing and traveling together, and enjoyed many winters in Southern California and Arizona. They also traveled to various countries. They enjoyed exhibition dancing, and spent many years ballroom dancing, square dancing and round dancing.
She still participates in many activities, supporting her grandchildren’s, great-grandchildren’s and great-great-grandchildren’s activities. In her spare time, she crochets afghans to give to her family.
Her three daughters and spouses are Fay and Vern Stacey, Judy and Bruce (deceased) Beckey, and Christy and Kevin Bailey. She has 14 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.