Christine Taylor was born Christine Jeanette Hopkins on Nov. 19, 1925, in Tupelo, Mississippi. Her mother was Mattie Sue Hopkins, a homemaker. Her father was Joe Hopkins, a supervisor at a fertilizer plant.
Christine had four sisters and one twin brother. Her sisters were: Carrie Ruth Hopkins Mosley of Tupelo, Miss.; Helen Goosby, of Chicago; Hattie Hopkins, of Chicago, and Mattie Hopkins Gamble, of Tupelo. Her twin brother is James Hopkins, of Chicago.
In Tupelo, Mrs. Taylor attended Carver High School. At the age of 17, she moved to Chicago, where she worked at Oscar Meyer packing plant. She moved from Chicago to Oklahoma City, where she worked as a cook in a hospital. From Oklahoma City, she moved to Wichita, where she bought a home on Chautauqua Street and worked 34 years as a cook at St. Josephs Hospital, waking up at 4 oclock every morning.
Christine Taylors husband, Arvell Taylor who owned Taylors Detail Shop on Broadway, died at the age of 78 in February 2011. She took care of him until he passed, often getting up in the middle of the night to cook a breakfast of scrambled eggs and bacon. (He would get up for her too to make peanut butter sandwiches.) She loved her husband.
During her life, Mrs. Taylor loved to dress up and go to church on Sundays. For more than 20 years, she was a member of Community Baptist Church.
Mrs. Taylor loved to cook and prepare Sunday and holiday dinners for her family. She had a gift for cooking. Her specialties were turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy; macaroni and cheese; green been casserole and peach cobbler. Her recipe for sweet potato pie was published in The Food Section of The Washington Post, where a story of her life and love for cooking Soul Food was featured. Every Sunday, she would greet her family at the door after church and tell them: Dinner is on the stove. Help yourself.
Mrs. Taylor was a member of the sister chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho. She loved social club meetings and making finger sandwiches. She loved to travel and take road trips to visit her extended family in Oklahoma and in Mississippi. She was always there for everybody, her granddaughter said. She was always dressed up and ready to go. She never missed important family milestonesweddings, baby showers and Baptisms.
Mrs. Taylor was a beautiful woman. Her favorite color was red and she loved red roses. She loved tending to her garden in her backyard, where she also grew red roses, tulips and purple irises. Her garden grew in abundance.
Mrs. Taylor was a strong, strong woman of courage. She had a strong faith in God. She loved the Lord. I just pray all the time, she would say. I pray for everybody.
She is survived by her three children: Mildred J. Brown of Wichita, Ks.; James T. Reed, of Boulder, Colo.; and Carl Reed, of Wichita, Ks.
Christine Taylor is survived by ten grandchildren: Debra Ware; Teresa Thomas; D. Brown; Danna Copeland; Jay Reed; Jon Reed; Kristofor Reed; Weslynn Reed and Joshua Reed.
She is survived by 9 great-grandchildren: Latrish Wiseman; Tyree Straughter; Rickey Cherry; Brandon Morton; Christina Morton; Candace Morton; Bryce Biglow; Kimberly Copeland; John Robert Robbie Lee V.
Christine Taylor, who was 86, is survived by 24 great-great grandchildren.
She always told them she loved them. She loved her grandchildren. From her favorite chair by the front door of her living room, she sat with her bowl of candy. You might hear her say: Get somewhere and sit down.
But then you would hear her say, I love you, baby. I love you, darling. I just love everybody.
Born: November 19, 1925
Place of Birth: Tupelo, MS
Death: August 26, 2011
Place of Death: Wichita, KS
Organizations: Sister of Sigma Gamma Rho Inc.
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