Julia Lee Holloway (Julie) Taylor, 81, died Friday, May 18, 2012 at her home in Clovis, New Mexico.
Memorial Services will be Saturday, May 26, 2 PM, at St. James Episcopal Church of Clovis with Father Alan Brockmeier officiating. A second memorial will be held at the Margaret, Texas cemetery September 1 at 11:00 AM.
Julie was born July 30, 1930 in Montgomery, Alabama and graduated from Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery in 1948. She then attended the University of Alabama where she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. While there she was honored by being selected as the Valentine Girl for the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Julie met her lifelong companion, Robert C. (Bob) Taylor at the University and eloped with and married Bob, March 26, 1949 in Columbus, Mississippi.
Bob and Julie made their home in 1949 in Amarillo, Texas where they subsequently had two sons, Robert (Rob) and Randy. They then moved to Tucumcari, New Mexico in 1955, where Bob became the local representative of Farm Bureau Insurance. In 1960, Julie and Bob moved to Clovis, New Mexico where they remained the remainder of their lives. Julie was active in all the activities of her children, following them faithfully to all of their baseball, football and basketball games often heading up the ladies’ auxiliary for those programs. Being a lifelong Alabama fan, she pulled for Alabama sports teams, particularly the Crimson Tide Football team, enjoying those numerous national championships over her lifetime. She was an outstanding Mother to her two sons imbuing them with her values of honesty, family, dedication, sense of humor and work ethic.
Julie returned to college and received her Bachelors in Business Administration with honors from Eastern New Mexico University in 1982. Upon graduation, she entered the travel business as a travel agent utilizing this position to travel the world. During her life, she visited 36+ countries and six of the seven continents, missing only Australia.
Julie was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the Confederacy. She was active in the AAUW for many years until determining the liberal policies at the national level of the organization did not reflect her values.
An avid reader, Julie was a member of the Board of Directors for the Clovis Public Library for several years until her death.
Her husband of 62 years, Bob, passed away in August of 2011. Survivors include two sons and their wives, Rob and Grace Taylor of Hobbs, NM and Randy and Pat Taylor of Littleton, Colorado; five Grandchildren, Lisa Mercier, Hartselle, Alabama, Marc Taylor, Nashville, Tennessee, Kyle Taylor, Lubbock, Texas, Michael Taylor, of Denver, Colorado, Lee Taylor of Greeley, Colorado and three Great Grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorial gifts be directed to either St. James Episcopal Church, 1117 North Main, Clovis, New Mexico 88101 or the Margaret Cemetery Fund, c/o Jackie Shultz, Route 1, Box 268, Crowell, Texas 79227.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Muffley Funeral Home and High Plains Crematory (575) 762-4435 www.muffleyfuneralhome.com.