Baker City, 1926-2018
Sybil Friedman, 91, died June 17, 2018, in her home with her Ashley Manor family.
She lived a long and wonderful life. Sybil was born Sylvia on July 3, 1926, and was renamed Sybil by her sister on her first day of school, which was one of her favorite stories to tell.
She was the youngest of nine children. She left high school during World War II, to help her family while her brothers served in the military.
She started her career in Manhattan, honing and developing administrative skills that enhanced her already natural people skills. She had many jobs throughout her life, but enjoyed her family and the home she created more than all of them.
She married Joseph Friedman in 1951 and they had three beautiful daughters together. They moved their family from New York to Florida in the late 1960s, where they lived until they moved to Texas in the early 2000s. Joe passed away in 2012. Sybil came to Baker City in June 2016.
She had an artist’s eye. She painted, had a beautiful singing voice and played the piano by ear. She loved baseball, flowers and animals (especially cats), and enjoyed bowling and swimming, and played a good game of golf.
She was sweet to the core, with a sly sense of humor, family members said. She was a keen observer of everyone and everything.
Survivors include her “girls”: Debbie Friedman, Diane Stonecipher (Dr. Bob Stonecipher) and Barbara Boswell (Patrick Boswell). She adored her grandchildren: Dr. Lily Wittich (Chris Wittich), Luke Stonecipher, Raven Davis (Dru Davis) Colin Stonecipher and Dylan Stonecipher. She also is survived by her older sister, Mildred Harris Rosenbaum; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to Best Friends of Baker City and New Hope for Eastern Orego n Animals.
Baker City, 1959-2018
Eden Peacock Taylor, 59, of Baker City, died June 23, 2018, in her home, surrounded by her family.
A visitation will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 26 at Gray’s West & Company Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane in Baker City. The service will be live streamed for those who cannot attend. You can find additional information at www.grayswestco.com.
Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Eden was born on May 3, 1959, at Price, Utah. She was the second of 11 children of Zora Eden and Var Lynn Peacock. She grew up in Emery County, Utah. A lot of the county is desert, and since her father was a geology teacher, she enjoyed going to the desert to climb on rocks, picnic, run around or just drive. Her dad made every outing a field trip and loved to teach his children; this instilled a lifetime love of learning in Eden.
Eden Peacock loved to play sports with her dad and brothers. She was very competitive and didn’t like to lose. She participated and did well in many different sports including track and field where she competed in the 100-yard dash, triple jump and 4 x 100 relay. She also loved music and played the bass clarinet.
After graduating as valedictorian from Emery County High School in 1977, Eden attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. She soon met Timothy Melvin Taylor and they quickly fell in love. Their first date was to a basketball game, where BYU ended up losing. Tim always said that he was ready to propose that very first date and would have if BYU had won. Some of their best dates continued to be at ball games, usually for family.
Tim and Eden were married and sealed in the Manti, Utah, Temple on June 16, 1978. This last month marked their 40-year anniversary and their family was able to celebrate their amazing legacy of love and commitment.
Eden wanted to be a mom more than anything in the world. Tim and Eden had seven children over the years that they lived in Provo, in Corvallis and in Raeford, North Carolina, before settling in Baker City. While in Baker, Eden worked for several years at Elkhorn Title Company. Eden had a passion for taking pictures of her family and created many photo books. This eventually led to becoming the sports photographer and writer for the Record-Courier newspaper.
Taylor loved supporting her children in their sports and activities and always made it a priority to attend all their events. When Tim became a bus driver she often chaperoned choir, band and sports trips and would say that it was because she got to share a room with the bus driver. Eden was heavily involved as a parent of the performing arts and of course took lots of photos for their events as well as all the different sports. While cheering on her children she became a great fan of all things Baker Bulldog and was a constant figure in the stands or on the sideline.
Eden had many hobbies but all who knew her were impressed with her sewing skills. She made her daughters’ wedding dresses and so many other beautiful clothes and quilts for her family and loved ones. Having one of her amazing creations was a very special treat. Eden also was a great speaker and participated in Toastmasters for many years. She loved the Gospel of Jesus Christ and was constantly heavily involved with service at the LDS church. Eden was very proud to be a grandma and loved making things for all her grandchildren and visiting them as much as possible.
Survivors include her husband, Tim; seven children: Tina Lyon (Craig) of West Jordan, Utah, Timothy N. (Nick) Taylor (Cassie Morrissey) of Halfway; Tiffany Hobbs (Damian) of West Jordan, Utah, Trevor Taylor (Sara Markham) of La Grande, Taralynn Cutler (Bryson) of Riverton, Utah, Trent Taylor (Cheryl Pearcy) of Provo, Utah, and Teancum Taylor, currently serving in the LDS New Hampshire, Manchester, Mission. Along with a loving extended family she will be missed by 18 grandchildren plus two on the way; eight brothers, two sisters; and her mother, Zora.
She was preceded in death by her father, Var Lynn Peacock; and her father-in-law, Timothy La Verne Taylor of Baker City.
To light a candle for Eden or to leave a condolence for the family, to to www.grayswestco.com