Nadine Veysey Taylor


Nadine Veysey Taylor passed away of heart failure on May 9, 2013, at her home in San Diego, Calif. Nadine was born on July 22, 1930, to Lyle and Leona (Mays) Veysey of Montesano, Nadine was the last Veysey raised in the historical Veysey home, still standing on First and Kennaston. The Veysey family resided on portions of this acreage from 1918 to 2013.

Sadly, Nadine’s mother Leona , legal secretary to O.M. Nelson, passed away giving birth to Nadine. An only child, Nadine was raised by her father, grandmother, Evelyn and Aunt, Eva (Deputy County Clerk of Montesano). She had an enriched childhood with loving memories of family outings to Hood Canal and Ruby Beach that were shared with cousin, Marilyn (daughter of Clarence and Sybil Veysey Scheyer.) In her youth, Nadine enjoyed roller skating to grade school, tap dancing, accordion lessons, girl scouts and rainbow girls. She graduated from Montesano in 1949.

Nadine married her high school sweetheart, Paul Taylor, they had four children, Douglas Taylor of Hoquiam, Karen Bishop of San Diego,Calif., Diane Caress of Tacoma and Jack Taylor (deceased). In 1969, she married Ben Taylor (no relation to her first) and worked at the Montesano Courthouse with aunts, Eva and Elaine.

Ben, a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division during WWII, fought in Europe and the Normandy campaign. Ben returned from war, settled in Grays Harbor, raised a family and worked as a skilled sawyer in various sawmills. He was married to Nadine for 24 years. They managed motels in Washington, Idaho and California before retiring in Ocean Shores. After his death, Nadine relocated to San Diego, Calif.

In San Diego, Calif., she became Queen of the Ladybugs Red Hat Group. They sponsored Senior Center fashion shows and other holiday events. Upon her passing, the Senior Center honored her with admittance to the St. Anthony Mission League for her community service. With this honor, she will be remembered in daily Masses and prayers. Till the end, she was of sound mind, enjoyed music, attended the Lawrence Welk Theater near her home, played scrabble, cards and puzzles. Nadine is survived by her children, Douglas, Karen and Diane, she will be greatly missed.

The Grays Harbor Veysey family history dates back to 1892 with the establishment of the Veysey Brothers Stores in Hoquiam, Aberdeen, Elma and Montesano. Chas. F. Veysey’s name is still etched in the building on the northwest corner of Main and Marcy in Montesano. Nadine will be laid to rest next to her parents at the Wynooche Cemetery in the Veysey family plot at a private graveyard service.