Avlon Conwell “Mike” Anderson Taylor, 90, died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Murray Gossett and Charlie Cox officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Cox Funeral Home, 4180 Canyon Drive.
Avlon was born Dec. 14, 1925, in Warrenton, Fauquier County, Va., to Lloyd Conwell Anderson and Lucy Menora Coons Anderson. She attended public schools in Warrenton, Washington, D.C., Richmond, Va., and Virginia Beach, Va., where she graduated from Oceana High School.
After her 1948 graduation in advertising art from Richmond Professional Institute, an extension of College of William and Mary, Avlon worked as an illustrator for the Quartermaster Corps of the Army at Fort Lee, Va.
She and Edward Pitts “E.P.” Taylor married in Richmond in 1950. They started married life in Blacksburg, Va., where Avlon, who was nicknamed “Mike” in college, worked for the staff of Agricultural Education Department at Virginia Tech until 1952, when E.P. completed his architectural degree.
After living in several cities in the East, including Knoxville, Tenn., White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., and Pittsburgh, the Taylors moved to Texas. Homes in Texas included Dallas, Irving, Lubbock and Houston. By now having two Texans motivated the Taylors to continue to live in Texas rather than go back East. They moved from Houston to Amarillo in 1961, happily put down roots and became long-time members of First Presbyterian Church.
Mike’s avocations included reading, writing, pencil drawings, watercolors and needlework. Her writings consist of a Civil War novella and a collection of short stories set in the Civil War era. Non-fiction pieces included a journal intended for the families. Mike was devoted to her family, her husband’s family, many local friends and those who became close friends down through the years.
Mike’s volunteering in Amarillo included church activities and political campaigns. For 10 years each she served as a volunteer for Sunshine Club for the Blind and for H.O.S.T.S. program. She had been a member of Panhandle Professional Writers and Thursday Bible Study. She was employed by Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Amarillo until joining her husband in operating a bookstore in 1993. E.P., who was retired as a professional builder and Mike fulfilled a life-long dream – owning a bookstore. The store, located in West Hills in Amarillo, was named One More Time. After E.P.’s death in 1999, Mike continued to operate the bookstore until 2006.
Mike and E.P. were ardent students of history, especially the Civil War era, and after settling in Amarillo, they became very interested in the history of the Texas Panhandle and New Mexico. As a history buff, Mike learned she was a direct descendent of Carter Braxton, a Virginia signer of the Declaration of Independence. On her father’s side of the family, they were related to Chief Justice John Marshall, who also was from Fauquier County, Va. Many Virginians in the late 18th century were related and as Braxton and Marshall were cousins of Robert E. Lee, Mike claimed a round-about kinship to General Lee, her all-time favorite hero.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Joseph Anderson Taylor, in 1998; her husband, E.P., in 1999; and her sisters, Catherine Berenice Anderson Fox, in 2000, and Erva Elizabeth Anderson in 2002.
Survivors include a daughter, Julia Scott Taylor Koumalats; a son-in-law James “Jim” Koumalats; a grandson, Scott Douglas Koumalats and wife Kallie Clayton Koumalats;
and a granddaughter, Taylor Anne Koumalats, all of
Amarillo. Other grandchildren who live in Lawrence, Kan. are Whitney Taylor and great-
granddaughters, Joliauna Raine Borges-Taylor and Jade Raquel Borges-Taylor. Grandson, Joseph Anderson Taylor Jr. wife Kristl Llamas Taylor; and a great-granddaughter, Isabelle Ann Taylor, also reside in Lawrence.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
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Amarillo Globe-News, Jan. 15, 2016