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Dorotha Chidester Taylor, age 83 passed away from this life and into the love of her Heavenly Father, her Savior, her parents and brothers on September 12, 2022. She was surrounded by her loving husband, Darryl B. Taylor, her sister Lora and all of her children. Her final wish was to have her family together at that time.
Dorotha was born into a home filled with love on August 12, 1939 in Bicknell, Utah to Clyde Dastrup & Hannah White Chidester. In 1957, she graduated from Wayne High School in Bicknell, Utah. It was there that she fell in love with the man she shared 63 years of marriage with, Darryl B Taylor. They married in Bountiful, Utah on May 15, 1959. They were later sealed together for time and eternity in the Salt Lake City Temple in 1962. Together they raised six children. Dorotha created a home filled with love, service, direction, teaching, faith, purpose, hard work, forgiveness, excitement, laughter, music dance and always enough food for anyone who walked in the door. She was always the last to go to bed at the end of the day, making certain that everyone was accounted for and taken care of. Her touch left an unforgettable mark everywhere she went. Her permanence will remain on this earth forever as her good works continue to flow to those she has touched and it will continue to flow for many generations to come. Her physical presence leaves a void we can tangibly feel, but her sprit will remain for eternity.
Dorotha spent her life in the service of the Lord. She had the pure love of Christ and she endured to the end of each day giving of herself to her family & friends. She made friends with everyone she came into contact with. She was always engaged in finding a way to benefit and bless others lives through her acceptance and kindness. She was never found in judgement of others. She gave her accepting and open heart to every son and daughter of God. Just imagine how loving and forgiving it had to feel growing up in her home. Her husband and children have a special understanding of the strength she carried, knowing that at times she carried us all through our own valleys of trouble and strife. She is the reason her family has survived all the trials given them. She learned at the very young age of 12 when she lost her father to a mining accident, the importance of showing up for others in need.
She could dance anyone’s pants off. Keeping up with her pace wasn’t easy on the dance floor. She had perfect rhythm and beat, having played the drums in the Chidester Orchestra. Even when she couldn’t get up to dance toward her final days she would still tap her toe to the music in the room.
Dorotha was her husbands business partner for over 41 years, helping in the building of a trucking company, and livestock operation. They lived the first years of their lives in Bountiful, Utah, then Boston, Massachusetts. The later years they lived in Neola & Roosevelt, Utah.
She served in many capacities in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; many positions in the Primary, a Young Women’s Leader, every position in the Relief Society including Relief Society President of the Ward and Stake. Most nights she would fix dinner for her own family and another family in need. She and Darryl served as Ordinance Workers in the Vernal, Utah Temple for over 20 years. In the year 2000 they sold their business and to serve a full-time mission for the Church and were called to the Philippines Manila Mission, touching the lives of hundreds of university students living in the Manila area.
Dorotha is survived by her husband, Darryl B Taylor, of Roosevelt; her children, JoAnn & Jon Wheeler of Bountiful, Utah; Troy & Sandy Taylor of Roosevelt, Utah; Scott & Heidi Taylor of Roosevelt, Utah; Kristine Hall of Neola, Utah; Perry & Natalie Taylor of The Woodlands, Texas; and Samuel Taylor of Cisco, Texas; 24 grandchildren; & 28 great-grandchildren; her sister, Lora Chidester Rees of Sandy, Utah; sisters-in-law, Donna Taylor Cook of Torrey, Utah & Eileen Jackson Taylor of Roosevelt, Utah; 25 nieces & nephews. So many friends they can not be counted.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde Dastrup Chidester and Hannah White Chidester; two brothers, Richard White Chidester and Phillip Clyde Chidester; her in-laws, Charles & Mildred; brothers-in-law; Lawrence Rees, Charles Sheldon Taylor, & Don Lamont Cook.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at Roosevelt 11th Ward Chapel, 250 West 200 North, where a viewing will be from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm. She will be laid to rest on Monday, September 19, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Bicknell, Utah Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers please send a donation to the Huntsman Cancer Research Center for Aplastic Anemia and Pancreatic Cancer.
Thanks and gratitude go to the many friends, family, ward members, the Relief Society of the Roosevelt 11th Ward, the many doctors and nurses at the Huntsman Cancer Institute and Good Shepard Hospice Care for their attention, love and kindness shown during the last months of Dorotha’s life. She lit up every time a friend or family member walked through the door. For years she gave care to so many and at the end she was supported and loved many times over.