In the early hours of July 8, 2015, my wife of almost 50 years, Althea “Alfie” Jane (LaPlant) Taylor passed away after a 14-year journey with Alzheimer’s which eroded a healthy, independent woman into a helpless, totally dependent woman incapable of initiating any function or of speaking. One only hopes that in death her soul has found release.
Althea was born in San Francisco Oct. 7, 1945 and was the only child of Marian and Freeman LaPlant. A tomboy at heart, she loved the outdoors and as a teenager was totally involved with horse activities. Her love of the outdoors continued through her active life. She was involved with Audubon for a number of years and has a fairly extensive bird list. She also liked to travel and we were fortunate to have taken many memorable vacations together. We were also in the Trinidad Lions Club together.
Althea graduated in 1963 from Charter Oak High School in Covina, Calif. She went on to earn a BS in Biological Science from Cal Poly, Pomona in 1967. Her working career began as a medical technologist then became quite varied: manufacturers’ representative, partner in a reference laboratory, Park Service dispatcher at Hearst Castle, proprietor of a fine arts and decorative accents shop known as Alfie’s Accents.
On behalf of Althea and myself, we want to thank the beautiful ladies that have been a part of her life and care since 2004 and who made the quality of her life so special through their dedicated care, compassion and love that she found the strength to stay with us.
Besides me (her hubby, Vic), Althea leaves behind our lovely daughter, Keri Furtado, our wonderful son-in-law Jim Furtado, and our fantastic grandkids: Justin and Jenna.
Our family requests that in lieu of flowers donation be made to Humboldt Senior Resource Center in support of Alzheimer’s patients, caregivers and families.
There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, Aug. 22 from noon to 3 p.m. at the home of Jim and Keri Furtado. Please call Vic Taylor at (707) 498-0999 or email me at [email protected] if you need directions.
To Alfie: Whatever lies ahead, I do not know. What I do know is that I thank you for sticking by me for almost 50 years, in good times and tough times. Goodbye, sweetheart. I love you.
– Vic Taylor