Crystal (Chris) Irene Taylor, age 86, died peacefully on January 20, 2015 at the Northwest Hospital in Amarillo after a brief struggle with lung and heart issues. Chris was born October 3, 1928 in St. John, Kansas, the daughter of Harold and Gladys Leitner.
She attended schools in St. John and graduated from St. John High School. Not long thereafter, Chris married Melvin (Mel) Taylor who had returned from World War II. Mel worked in the oil business and they lived in several western Kansas towns prior to moving to Oberlin, Kansas in 1965 where they lived until Mel’s passing in 1990. Subsequently, Chris lived in Great Bend Kansas. In recent years Chris has lived in Amarillo, Texas at the Craig Retirement Home.
Chris was a devoted mother and wife and had two sons, Larry Taylor born in December, 1946 and Tracy Taylor born in January, 1954. She was ecstatic when her both sons accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. She was also a devoted daughter and took care of her mother. Chris took care of Gladys in the last ten years of her life as Gladys passed away at the age of 99.
Chris enjoyed work and was a trained florist as well as a licensed beautician. She owned a flower store in Oberlin after she and Mel owned a clothing store in Oberlin. She enjoyed playing bridge with friends and doing ceramics and painting carousel horses. Chris was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church in Oberlin for over twenty-five years.
Chris is survived by a her brother, Carol Leitner of Twin Lakes, Michigan, sons Larry (Lorena) Taylor of Lenora, Kansas and Tracy (Kim) of Amarillo, Texas; five grandchildren, Sheila (Mark) Otter, Shawn (Sonja) Taylor, Ryan (Whitney) Taylor, Aaron (Nichole) Taylor and Braeton Taylor; nine great grandchildren Ashley (Steven) Redeker, Anna Otter, Alisha Otter, Marshall Otter, Zadok Taylor, Zordyn Taylor, Georgia Taylor, Vann Taylor, Remington Taylor, and one great, great grandchild, Kasch Redeker, and a number of other loving relatives such as Joy (Terry) Sallee and close friends.