Alene Taylor (Kofford)

6 Jul 1916 - 24 Mar 1999


Alene Taylor (Kofford)

6 Jul 1916 - 24 Mar 1999
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Veda Alene Kofford was born on July 6, 1914 in Orem, Utah. She graduated from two years early from Lincoln High School at the age of 15. After she graduated, she worked at the store/ gas station that her father owned, located on State Street in Orem. She was very good at clerical work and bookkeepin
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Alene Taylor (Kofford)


Orem Cemetery

770 Murdock Canal Trail
Orem, Utah, Utah
United States

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Etching of "Cherry Hill Farm" on headstone


July 19, 2011


July 18, 2011

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Contributor: Chynna67 Created: 11 months ago Updated: 11 months ago

Veda Alene Kofford was born on July 6, 1914 in Orem, Utah. She graduated from two years early from Lincoln High School at the age of 15. After she graduated, she worked at the store/ gas station that her father owned, located on State Street in Orem. She was very good at clerical work and bookkeeping, but spending so much time in the shop often made her feel lonely. She was not yet a member of the church and was no longer in school, so she had a limited social circle. Later she started working at Telluride Motor and then Geneva Steel Plant doing office work. On December 27, 1941, she married Paul Hector Taylor, also a Lincoln High graduate. Initially, Paul had delayed marriage because he wanted Alene to join the church before they got married, but they ended up getting married first, and then great-grandma was baptized and confirmed a member of the church a few months later, on February 22, 1942. They were then sealed together in the Salt Lake Temple. After they got married, Alene and Paul lived on Cherry Hill Farm. They had five children, Janet, Paula, Bryce, Jill and Byron. Great-grandma showed her devotion to her family through her hard work. Although she didn’t necessarily love farm life, she did love my great-grandpa, and she was a very hard worker. She would get up around the same time that Great-grandpa got up to milk the cows (about 4:30 or 5 am). She spent the early morning hours preparing a hearty breakfast, sometimes muffins, or biscuits or hot cereal. She made breakfast for Great-grandpa, his breakfast was usually three hard-boiled eggs. She frequently made a big lunch too, bigger than what we usually eat for lunch today. If the hired hands were there, she would feed them too. Great-grandma was a wonderful cook, and she was known for her skill at baking. Some of her most memorable treats were angel thumbprints and congo bars. For a simpler dessert, sometimes she would make tapioca pudding with homemade strawberry or raspberry jam. Another one of her talents was making candy. She didn’t even need to use a thermometer to check on the candy; to test if the candy was ready she would just drop a little bit into a cold glass of water and check the consistency. One testament of her hard work and love of cooking is the lengths great-grandma went to to prepare chicken dinners. She only made it every few weeks, but what an ordeal it was. The process began with taking one of the chickens out of the pen in the back and cutting its head off. Then she had to let it hang up so that the blood would all drip out. To make the big feathers easy to remove, she would scald the bird in hot water. Then she had to singe the chicken to get out the pin feathers (the smaller feathers). From there, she washed the chicken to get all the smoke and soot out, and then she gutted the chicken. After all this work, Great-grandma could start to cook dinner, preparing the chicken and making potatoes and gravy to go along with it. Great-grandma had many other talents. She was a skilled seamstress. She often sewed dresses for her daughters. One time she even designed her own pattern for an apron. After she designed and sewed the apron, she gave it to a neighbor to use. She was a perfectionist in her sewing; if she or one of her daughters didn’t sew a seam just right they would have to get the seam ripper and take it out. There was a lot of seam ripping. Another one of her talents was writing. She helped her children and her husband write reports and talks, and find just the right wording. She liked finding a unique way of wording things. For a while, she wrote the editorial in the ward newsletter under the alias “Aunt Ekalweiv”. The alias was “Lakeview” (the name of the ward) backwards. Another story illustrates her devotion and love as a mother. When one of her sons was a young teenager, he really liked hunting. One day he caught a badger. He decided he wanted to learn more about taxidermy and the badger presented the perfect opportunity to do so. He signed up for a correspondence course in taxidermy and received all the materials he needed. However, one thing remained: the badger had to be skinned. Not only that, but every last bit of fat had to be removed from the skin. This was a messy, stinky, nasty job, but Great-grandma took it in stride. The time she spent working on cleaning the badger skin was no doubt a testament of her devotion to her son. Great-grandma passed away on March 24, 1999. She left a legacy of devotion, hard work, and service for her posterity.

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Alene Taylor (Kofford) was born on 6 Jul 1916
Alene Taylor (Kofford) was 12 years old when Walt Disney character Mickey Mouse premieres in his first cartoon, "Plane Crazy". Walter Elias Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons. As a film producer, Disney holds the record for most Academy Awards earned by an individual, having won 22 Oscars from 59 nominations. He was presented with two Golden Globe Special Achievement Awards and an Emmy Award, among other honors. Several of his films are included in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
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Alene Taylor (Kofford) was 23 years old when Adolf Hitler signs an order to begin the systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and disabled people. Adolf Hitler was a German politician, demagogue, and Pan-German revolutionary, who was the leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer ("Leader") of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator, Hitler initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September 1939, and was central to the Holocaust.
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Alene Taylor (Kofford) was 25 years old when World War II: The Imperial Japanese Navy made a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, intending to neutralize the United States Pacific Fleet from influencing the war Japan was planning to wage in Southeast Asia. World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most global war in history; it directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of total war, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
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Alene Taylor (Kofford) was 37 years old when Jonas Salk announced the successful test of his polio vaccine on a small group of adults and children (vaccination pictured). Jonas Edward Salk was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. Born in New York City, he attended New York University School of Medicine, later choosing to do medical research instead of becoming a practicing physician. In 1939, after earning his medical degree, Salk began an internship as a physician scientist at Mount Sinai Hospital. Two years later he was granted a fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he would study flu viruses with his mentor Thomas Francis, Jr.
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Alene Taylor (Kofford) was 48 years old when Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968. Born in Atlanta, King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, tactics his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi helped inspire.
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Alene Taylor (Kofford) was 56 years old when Munich massacre: Nine Israeli athletes die (along with a German policeman) at the hands of the Palestinian "Black September" terrorist group after being taken hostage at the Munich Olympic Games. Two other Israeli athletes were slain in the initial attack the previous day. The Munich massacre was an attack during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, in which the Palestinian terrorist group Black September took eleven Israeli Olympic team members hostage and killed them along with a West German police officer.
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Alene Taylor (Kofford) was 66 years old when Michael Jackson's Thriller, the best-selling album of all time, was released. Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. Dubbed the "King of Pop", he was one of the most popular entertainers in the world, and was the best-selling music artist during the year of his death. Jackson's contributions to music, dance, and fashion along with his publicized personal life made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.
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Alene Taylor (Kofford) died on 24 Mar 1999 at the age of 82
Grave record for Alene Taylor (Kofford) (6 Jul 1916 - 24 Mar 1999), BillionGraves Record 56414 Orem, Utah, Utah, United States