Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Notice for Taylor Lefever

Message: Taylor Lefever LEFEVER, Taylor 1950-2007 Taylor LeFever (aka Judith Ann Belcher Scroggins) found peace after courageously facing the challenge of ovarian cancer as she had handled all of life's challenges; with a selfless, realistic, yet positive approach, centering more on her family and friends than on how the outcome would affect her. She is survived by her beloved husband, Mike; sons, James and Kyler; grandchildren, Jennifer, Jessica, James and Julie; and brother, Mike Chastain. Taylor was born in Fruita, Colo., on Feb. 4, 1950, to Edith and Robert Belcher. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1968. With her beautiful blonde "perfect flip" and irresistible smile, she was in the center of activities as a Teddyette, energetic varsity cheerleader, and member of the honor society and in her senior year, easily the "cutest" member on Rose Festival court. She was married to Frank Scroggins, the father of her two sons in 1971. They divorced. On Aug. 2, 2003, she married Mike LeFever for eternity and settled in Battleground, Wash., with dogs, Sam and Tug, and cats, Buffy, Sam, Velvet and Leo, in a park-like setting perfect for giving plenty of space for the four grandchildren she cherished and nurtured, to run, play and swim in grandma's backyard! During the years following high school, while raising her two sons, Taylor always provided for her family financially by working at Columbia Helicopters, Columbia Distributing, and Spear Beverage while simultaneously supporting her sons in their efforts in school, music, and Portsmouth Little League. With her entrepreneurial spirit and skills in business and accounting she created and operated a children's consignment store in Portland's St. Johns neighborhood in 1983, known as Kidsville Station and later, her own specialty candy company called Cascade Cremes; they're Taylor Made! Taylor's career at Consolidated Freight (from 1984 to 2003) began as a night shift coding clerk and progressed upward through several positions ending as a supervisor and staying on to finish the job when the company filed bankruptcy. Wherever she went, she made lifelong friendships with co-workers, many of whom have provided devoted and personal time and loving care to assist Taylor and Mike through the difficulties of these final times. Other friends and family members are so grateful for their tremendous support, which was given out of mutual love and respect for Taylor and her family. In August 2004 Taylor began working at Borders bookstore, a job she loved and where she again made many new and lasting friendships. Her co-workers at Borders will always maintain a special place in their hearts and memories for Taylor. With her sense of classic fashion, Taylor always struck a figure of understated elegance with a splash of sassiness. Often, there was a "pop of red" (as she chose to describe it) and usually a lapel pin with a cat theme or brilliant with color on a demure suit jacket. And oh, how she loved to dance! From the "skate" during the '60s to jazzercise routines converted into line dances during the annual Little League Dance. Above all she loved complicated country-music line dances, and doing the Texas Swing with Mike; she could dance to them all with head held high and with a coy sideways glance and mischievous smile that let you know she was having the time of her life. We who know and love her also know she's still dancing and thinking about what she can do to Fbetter someone else's time on earth. Above all, Taylor left this world a better place because of the lasting influence she has made on so many people's lives through her examples of honesty, integrity, and most of all generosity; not only monetarily but through her unconditional loyalty to those she loved. Her family and friends are forever honored to be recipients of her gift of love and friendship. As a living testimony to her faith in us, her legacy will live on through those she left behind as they strive to always be deserving of her gifts and live by her example. A celebration of Taylor's life will be held at The Heathman Lodge at 7801 NE Greenwood Drive, Vancouver, starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. Published in The Oregonian on 4/15/2007.

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