Shirley H. Taylor |

Shirley H. Taylor

Aspen, CO ColoradoShirley Anna Hopkins Taylor, a former land and homeowner in Aspen, died peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007, in Billings, Mont., following a stroke.She was born Sept. 29, 1923, in Chicago. Shirley was the only child of Farley Hopkins and Margaret von Maur Hopkins. She was raised in Chicago and Lake Forest and graduated from Ethel Walker’s School in Connecticut.She married Walter Jennings Taylor on April 15, 1944, in Lake Forest, Ill. They began their life together in Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., and moved to Kirby, Mont., in the winter of 1949 after Walt purchased the Dick Glenn ranch. Leaving behind everything she had known, Shirley began her new life in ranching by moving into a two bedroom and one bath cabin with a newborn baby and two children, ages 2 and 4.Shirley shared more than 60 wonderful years with Walt, becoming involved in ranching and many local activities around Sheridan and Aspen, where they had a home for many years.Shirley was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Walt. She is survived by her four children: James Taylor and his wife Anne of Billings, and their children Marett Taylor and Farley (Stuart) Lansing; Susanna Meyer and her husband David of St. Paul, Minn., and their children David Meyer, Etta Meyer, Stacy Meyer and Stephanie (John) Levy; Walter “Watty” Taylor, Jr., and his wife Lila of Kirby and their children Kirby Taylor, Peter (Amanda) Taylor, and Walter “Jay” (Cherie) Taylor III; and Margaret J. Taylor of Bozeman. She also treasured her only great grandson Will (Jay and Cherie) and her many cousins, nieces and nephews.There will be a memorial service at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Sheridan, Wyo., at 3 p.m. Friday, March 9. A reception will follow at the Powderhorn Club in Big Horn, Wyo.Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 11390, Bozeman, MT 59719; Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, 821 Corporate Drive, Lexington, KY 40503; or Big Horn Equestrian Center, P.O. Box 6413, Sheridan, WY 82801.

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