Consuelo "Connie" M. Taylor de Murrieta
Mujer, Madre, y Mas.. .. .. ..(Woman, Mother, and More)
Connie was born in Santa Cruz County, located in southeastern Arizona, to Nellie Murrieta de Hughes and Salvador Murrieta on June 2, 1921. She was the eldest and surviving sibling of three children. Her brother, Ernesto (Chacho), died at five years of age, and her sister, Evita, died at three, both from pneumonia. The death of her siblings was a constant sorrow in her life. Connie attended Tucson High School and graduated from Lamson Business College, in Tucson, Arizona.
She married Richard Taylor of Nogales, Arizona, and their union produced two daughters, Patricia and Giraldine, of Tucson, Arizona. Although their marriage was short-lived, their love for each other continued throughout their lives.
As a single woman with two children, our mother began to build a new life with the help of her mother. She joined the Women's Air Corp during WWII, attended basic training in Mobile, Alabama, and eventually was honorably discharged. After the service, she was employed with Vultee Consolidated Aircraft until she was recruited as manager of the Peoples Department Store with locations in Tucson and Nogales, Arizona.
Our remembrance of our mother is that she was artistic, musically talented, and independent in judgment and action, generous in spirit, humorous, graceful, wise, and beautiful in many ways. Most of all, she was most loving and always forgiving. Our mother was a remarkable woman whose actions and words made an incredible difference in our lives as she guided us on our journey of life. Unfortunately, her life was prematurely cut short at 52 years of age.
She lives on in our memory as a daughter of a pioneer family, a wife, a mother, a friend, a rodeo queen, a veteran, a businessperson, and a master of cuisine extraordinaire. Our mother, Connie Taylor, was a woman ahead of her generation as a working mother and an independent, accomplished woman.