In memory of
Mildred Bernice Taylor
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In memory of
Mildred Bernice Taylor
Mildred Bernice Taylor May 29, 1913 ~ Dec. 21, 2016 Resident of Alameda, CA Mildred "Mid" passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at her home in the Cardinal Point Retirement Community surrounded by her daughters and family friends. Mildred will be best remembered for her amazing memory, zest for life and her devotion to her daughters. She was 103 years and 7 months. Mildred was born in Minden, Iowa on May 29, 1913, the daughter of John Geiger, the town's Postmaster and owner of the Minden Hardware and Implements Store, and Minnie Geiger, a homemaker. Mildred was the youngest of 7 siblings and although they lived far apart, they continued to share a close relationship. Minden was a small town with a population of 500, mostly farms established by German immigrants. In her teens, Mildred moved to the "big city" of Omaha to attend Central High School and live with her sister and husband. After graduation, she attended secretarial school. There she excelled at typing 90 words per minute and took the fastest shorthand in her class. During World War II, she worked for the Army Corp of Engineers in Omaha. Mildred loved to dance, and after work she enjoyed the Big Band sounds at the beautiful Paxton and Fontenelle Hotels. It was there that she met her future husband, Alfred Taylor of Lake Okoboji, Iowa who had moved to Omaha to start a Dairy business. Mildred and Al were married in 1942 and he began a tour of duty as Chief Petty Officer with the Navy. Al was stationed in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska and was later assigned to Camp Diablo, established during the war to train in mountain warfare within the Mount Diablo State Park, outside of Oakland, California. Mildred and Al settled in Oakland after the war. Mildred began a job with the Army Corps of Engineers in San Francisco, commuting on the train which crossed the Bay Bridge at that time. In 1947, their first daughter, Judy was born and in 1948 they welcomed the birth of their second daughter, Nancy. Four years later, they moved to Hayward, California and the couple ended their marriage in 1955. Mildred began working for the City of Hayward so she could be closer to home. It was here that her excellent shorthand and typing skills were utilized when she joined the City Clerk's office. She would take the weekly Council minutes by shorthand, then transcribe them by typing for immediate distribution to the Mayor. Mildred became Deputy City Clerk and later was promoted to City Clerk of Hayward, retiring after 25 years of service. After retiring, Mildred joined the AARP Chapter in Castro Valley where she began 10 years as a volunteer with AARP, becoming President of her AARP Chapter, and later being promoted to Northern California, Assistant State Director. As Asst. State Director, she traveled to AARP chapters to support their programs and attended AARP's annual conventions. Mildred also was appointed to the annual California Senior Legislature which convened when the Sacramento Legislature was in recess. Here possible bills were developed and presented regarding seniors. Mildred's proposed bill was accepted and became the nationally recognized AARP "55 Alive" course that seniors could attend to refresh their driving skills and receive a discount on their auto insurance. This type of senior program continues to be accepted through AARP, the State and many other organizations. Mildred was also listed in the book, "Who's Who of Seniors" for two years for her achievements as a volunteer. Mildred was an accomplished pianist, and loved attending Broadway musicals in San Francisco and concerts, especially Neil Diamond who she saw 4 times with her daughter. She enjoyed visiting the casinos of Lake Tahoe and Reno, often taking the senior bus trips, or visiting the Indian Casinos around San Diego and the Bay Area. Because of Mildred's inherent curiosity, she kept up-to-date on the news of the world, especially her interest in politics and the last election. Mildred was also very interested in keeping up with the latest plans of each family member, and their friends. She especially loved visiting with her grandchildren and was proud of their accomplishments and the wonderful adults they became. Mildred will be truly missed by all those whose lives she touched. Mildred is survived by her daughters, Judy Taylor of Alameda and Nancy Casey of Bonita, California; son-in-law, Pete Casey; grandson, Ryan Casey of Pescadero, California; granddaughter, Shannon Lewan of San Diego and her husband, Trevor Lewan. A private Graveside Service will be held at 3:00 PM on January 12, 2017 at Glen Abbey Memorial Park in Bonita, California. The Reverend David McKinney will officiate. View the online memorial for Mildred Bernice Taylor
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