Helen Lee Taylor passed away Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Gulf Health Care Center in Galveston, Texas. She was born in Leavenworth, Kansas on June 17, 1914 to Virginia Matranga and Andrew Mamola, who worked for the railroad. Helen moved to Hitchcock, Texas with her family, where she met and married Floyd Taylor and had two sons, Walter Andrew and Robert Floyd Taylor. Helen worked for J. C. Penney in Galveston and later volunteered at St. Mary’s Hospital gift shop. She was a wonderful wife and mother and was known for her Italian spaghetti. She loved to play bingo with her friend, Nora Saracco, and later at Gulf Health Care, where she was an active resident until her death.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Floyd; her three sisters: Katherine Giamfortone, Frances Giamfortone, and Josephine Caballero, and their spouses. She is survived by her son, Walter Taylor and wife, Mary Ann, of Texas City; and son, Robert Taylor, of Galveston; grandchildren: Teri Jones (Ken) of Richardson, TX; and Kathryn “Katie” Taylor and Brett Taylor, both of Galveston; step-grandchildren: Michelle (Leo) Gonzalez of League City; Mark (Donna) Zientek of Cary, IL; and Michael Zientek of Galveston; great grandchildren: Preston and Nathan Ellis, Stefan Jones, Isabella and Madison Taylor; and step-great grandchildren: Brittany and Joshua Jones, Jessica Gibson, Alexandrea and Nicco Gonzalez, Dakota Zienek, and Chase Beck. Helen is survived by special niece and nephew, Patsy Schexnaider and Ray Caballero, and many other nieces and nephews, along with special friend, Dorothy Weaver.
Helen’s family will receive visitors beginning at 5:00 pm, Friday, May 31st, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A rosary will begin at 6:30 pm, led by Deacon Sam Dell’Olio.
Funeral Mass will begin at 10:00 am, Saturday, June 1st, at St. Patrick Catholic Church with burial following at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock.
Pallbearers will be Brett Taylor, Preston Ellis, Nathan Ellis, Ray Caballero, Lee Schexnaider, and Patrick Schexnaider. Katie Taylor will serve as an honorary pallbearer.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Gulf Health Care Center for their loving care and attention over the past years.