Lena Lorene Taylor
May 31, 1919 ~ November 5, 2022
Resided in: Torrance, California
Lena Lorene Taylor earned her wings November 5, 2022, after living a vibrant and full 103 years. Mrs. Taylor was born May of 1919 in Wellsville, Missouri to parents Carl and Beulah Porter. She lived her early years on the family farm with her 8 siblings. Lena later left her quiet farm life behind, moving to California at age 21 with several of her siblings. She attended Beauty College in Santa Monica and became a beautician, a career she truly loved. All these years later she still held on to her hair cutting scissors.
She married Cleo Taylor in 1944. Together they had 3 lovely daughters. They moved into their forever home in Torrance in 1957. Unfortunately, their love story ended too soon when she was widowed in 1977 at age 58.
All of Lena’s life she truly lived life to its fullest. Other than being a homemaker, and beautician she worked at Jefferson School as a noon aide for over 20 years. Of her many hobbies bowling and dancing were her favorite. She joined a bowling league and quickly earned quite a collection of bowling trophies. She always loved dancing. When she lived in Santa Monica, she would attend USO dances. She always wore a flower in her hair, her favorite was gardenia’s and off she would go to dance with the military men. Even at 100 years old when she heard music, her fingers started tapping and her foot started moving. Later in life she learned to square dance, line dance and also attended clogging classes. After going on a cruise with her square-dancing friends, she was bitten by the travel bug and continued to see the world one cruise at a time. Lena also loved creating handcrafted items. She has a huge collection of hand sewn quilts and crocheted afghans. She attended the Torrance Senior Craft Sales for many years always bringing baby blankets, quillows and other cute holiday items. Her handmade items were a labor of love.
Lena lived a full and wonderful life, not only full of adventure but also full of family. She had 3 daughters which blessed her with 4 grandchildren who later made her a great grandmother to 3 great granddaughters. She enjoyed reliving her younger days by sharing fun filled stories with her family in later years. She was a hardworking, independent, very strong willed and a devoted Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. She never missed birthday parties, holiday celebrations, weddings, school functions and graduations for her children, grandchildren, and her great granddaughters. She loved her family.
With heavy hearts we say good-bye but are blessed she touched our lives and our hearts. She taught us to hug your loved ones a little tighter, smile a little bigger, laugh a little longer and never forget, when you hear the music, I hope you DANCE. She credited her long life to always laughing at jokes and her firm tradition that no morning was complete without coffee and a donut.
Memorial Services will be held on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, at 10:00 am at Lighthouse Memorial & Receptions-Rice Center, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503. In lieu of flowers, donations to American Cancer Society would be preferred.