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Our mother, grandmother and friend, Maxine Blain Taylor, 84 of Payson passed away peacefully in her sleep in the early morning hours of Sunday, August 19, 2012 in Payson, Utah.
Mom was born in the small mining town of Dividend, Utah on June 5, 1928, the 2nd daughter and 4th of 5 children born to Arthur and Ruth Pearl Robbins Blain. She loved living in Dividend and spent many happy days running through the cedars along the hillside and playing hide-and-seek in vacated buildings. She moved from Dividend when she was six, living in Elberta, Santaquin and Payson. World War II was in progress and Mom was attending Payson Junior High School. One day her best friend's mother received a letter from Glen Taylor, a G.I. from Payson who was stationed in Casablanca, Africa. After reading the letter aloud, so everyone could read it, she suggested to mom that she should start writing to him. Mom and Dad exchanged letters until he returned home in September of 1945. After dating for a time, they were married on May 23, 1946. Our Dad passed away 56 A� years later. On January 22, 2009 Mom, Dad and us kids were sealed together forever in the Provo LDS Temple.
Maxine loved making things to give to others. Her award-winning handwork was well known. She made amazing crocheted tablecloths and bedspreads, embroidered pillowcases with crocheted lace on the edges, sewed beautiful clothing, as well as dozens of afghans and quilts for her family and friends. Even with failing eyesight she continued to crochet dishcloths and baby blankets to give to those who cared for her. At Christmastime everyone looked forward to her homemade candy, especially the chocolates and divinity that would melt in your mouth. Her children could hardly wait for her Christmas fruitcake. It was the best in the world. Her family will miss her Hawaiian Coconut Cookies (they were Grandpa's favorite).
She is survived by three children, Sarah (Brent) Johns of Payson; Glen (Janet) Taylor ofSandy; and Kim (Bill) Hudson of Spanish Fork; 15 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; 4 siblings, Orpha Taylor, Dale, Ivan and Archie Blain; and two great-grand daughters.
We, her children, wish to express our gratitude to the staff and residents at Parkway Health Center for the loving, kindness shown to our beautiful mother the last 5 years. It has been a life changing experience for us all.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 25th at 12:00 noon in the Mt. View 4th Ward Chapel, 681 E 500 N, Payson. Friends and family may call at the church from 10:00 to 11:45 am prior to the services. A special viewing will be held that same morning from 9:00 to 9:30 am at the Parkway Health Center. Interment will be in the Payson City Cemetery.