Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
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Sedro-Woolley, WA
Betty Lou Taylor Memorial
Betty Lou Taylor Memorial

Betty Lou Taylor

Betty Lou Taylor

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Betty Lou Taylor, age 75, a longtime resident of Concrete, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, April 6, 2014.

She was born July 31, 1938 to Charles “Hobe” and Erla (Biggerstaff) Holyfield in Sedro-Woolley.  Growing up in Concrete, she was in the Concrete High School Band, playing the clarinet, when they were nationally recognized, making a record of their efforts.  After graduation in 1956, she worked for the Baker Dam on the upper Skagit River, where she met Lenoir Taylor, and they were married in 1961 in Concrete.

Betty enjoyed gardening, canning and cooking, doing crafts, feeding the hummingbirds, reading, and knitting, but mostly following her grandkids around in their sporting events and babysitting.  She also enjoyed a bit of fun at the casinos with her sisters.  She was the longtime Treasurer of the Forest Park Cemetery Board, and was a former member of the “Firettes” with the Grassmere Fire District 10.  Betty took good care of their dog, Missy, feeding her a hot meal daily, and enjoying her ice cream. 

Betty is survived by her husband of 53 years, Grady Lenoir Taylor; daughter Kelli and her husband, Rick Hinds, of Phoenix, AZ; son, Rick and his wife, Sherri Taylor, of Concrete; grandchildren, Sabrina and her husband, Joey Peninger, of Sedro-Woolley, Tyler Knopf, of Phoenix, Raymond, Sonny and Nicole Taylor, all of Concrete; great granddaughter, Jaycee Peninger, and another on the way; sisters, Mary Johnson and Norma Bianchini.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Connie, and brothers in law, Tom Johnson and Armand Bianchini.

A Graveside Inurnment Service will be held at 3:00 PM, Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the Forest Park Cemetery in Concrete, with Pastor Bruce Martin presiding.  Following the Graveside Service, the family invites friends to join them in a Potluck reception, at the Grassmere Fire Hall.  


  • Kelly Regan (Jarmin)

    My Dear Lifetime Friends,
    I was so sad to hear of Betty’s passing. My deepest sympathy to you all. I have such fond memories of Betty when I would hang-out with Kelli at the homestead. She always made us laugh, cooked us food and was there for us when we needed her comfort. Betty was loved by many, she will be greatly missed. I loved the ROCK painted in Betty’s memory. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you try to move forward.
    Love to you,

  • Mark & Julie Taylor

    So sorry to hear about Betty. We always talked about going out West for a visit but never made it. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Sherrie Iund Bond & Vi Iund

    Lenoir and family
    I am at a loss for words as I address Betty’s passing. It truly breaks my heart when one of “my steadfast Concrete residents” moves on. Betty was one of those people in Concrete that I thought would always be around; she was one of the “big girls” … those young teens who were high school age when I was still in grade school and I admired her so much. She always had a giggle (didn’t all of the Hollifield Girls?), a smile and a hug. Another trade that I so admired in Betty is that she gave you her full attention in a conversation … not one to interrupt or be reminded of something she wanted to say, but a sincere listener and a wonderful friend.
    Please know that you all are in my prayers and on my mind during this difficult time. Take care of each other and know that Betty is beaming that beautiful smile down to you each day and remaining watchful over each of you. With love and sincere sympathy …

  • Elli

    My heartfelt sympathies and prayers go out to the Taylor family. I enjoyed knowing Betty, and she was a very sweet person. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Jim Earley

    Some people you meet in this life, not only do you enjoy being around them, they make you a better person. Betty was one of those people. What a great time we had running all over this state, watching kids playing sports, and just enjoying the country and each other, I will never forget you. Mona and I always enjoyed going to your home, a big smile, a cup of coffee, and most of the time cookies. There aren’t many like you and I am glad to say that I had the joy and privilege of knowing you for almost 40 years. I sit here with tears in my eyes, thinking of all the wonderful times we had, and thankful that you were part of Mona’s and my life.

    My thought’s are with you
    Jim Earley

  • Cindy Taylor Shuler

    Uncle Lenoir, Rick and Kelli,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Aunt Betty will be missed greatly. My heart goes out to all 3 of you. You all will be in my prayers for the days to come. I know in my heart that her and daddy are catching up on old times and laughing. I love you all and God loves you too.

    with all my Love,


  • Gary and Stacy Claybo

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Betty. Our hearts go out to all of you in this difficult time. Betty was very sweet with a kind heart. She will be watching down on all of you everyday. Love to all Gary and Stacy

  • Mark and Joan Berg

    Grady, Kelli and Rick, Sheri and Rick, and families:

    Our hearts and prayers are with you all. I remember my mom, Dorothy, telling me how kind Betty was to her. We also wanted you to know that after our son’s, accident, Betty thought it would be good to bring your dad to see how well Larse had recovered. Betty was wise to do so as it was healing for them both! We all got to talk and share our feelings and we will always remember that and be thankful for her wise decision and kind ways.
    Our prayers are with you and know that God will send many angels to comfort and help you in the days ahead.

    With love and prayers,
    Mark and Joan Berg

  • Billie Bjornstad

    Lenoir, Kelli, Rick and all of Betty’s family,
    Betty was a fixture in my life for as long as I can remember. She was there when I was a child as my mothers best friend and as an adult when my mother passed away. I hope you know she made a huge impact on the world through you and how proud she was of each and every person in her family. I’m sure she is in such a better place where she will be waiting to great everyone with her warm smile and her happy laugh. Prayers for you all in this time of sorrow.

  • Deanna Ray

    I am so sory to hear of your loss. Betty was always so friendly and pleasant.
    All my sympathies are with you and all your family has been through
    In recent times. Betty will be missed.

  • John and Mickey Zitkovich

    Lenoir, Kelli and Rick,

    My heart is breaking for you. The loss of Betty leaves a huge hole in your hearts. Betty was such a sweet kind sole. I remember riding the school bus when we were little and pulling up to your house, there was Betty in the window to see her precious children get on the bus and in the afternoon there she was to greet you both when you got off the bus. I thought to myself, what a sweet, sweet mom to take such special care of you, watching over you. Now her job on earth is done and she is in Heaven enjoying the gift of eternal life with our Lord and Savior. Prayers for peace and comfort to you all in the days, weeks and months to come.

    With all our love,

    John and Mickey Zitkovich

  • Janet D'Amico (Helland)

    Betty will be missed by many. She was a wonderful person.