Cori Taylor-Wall, resident of Grapeview, Washington, passed away Friday, September 17th, 2021 after a fierce battle with Covid-19. She leaves behind two daughters, Kellie Wall (Corvallis, OR) and Jennie Wall (Port Orchard, WA), and four siblings, Lori Eisenhard, Barbara Millington, Frank Taylor, and Jack Taylor (all near Palatine Bridge, NY). She is dearly missed by the many whose lives she touched.
Cori was born January 6th, 1962, in Fort Plain, New York to Frank and Ursula Taylor. From the beginning, she was a spirited adventurer, wandering out the front door to who-knows-where at the ripe age of 1 year old. Growing up, she was always at home in the dirt, hunting for Herkimer “diamonds” and playing with the goats and chickens on her family’s rural homestead.
In 1983 Cori ventured out west, riding into the sunset on the back of Rick Wall’s motorcycle. She spent two years in the Philippines, where she was captivated by nightly sunset strolls along the beach and the aerial acrobatics on display at the Naval Air Station. In 1993 and 1995, her Birdie #1 (Kellie) and Birdie #2 (Jennie) were born. Motherhood was one of Cori’s greatest joys and motivations in life.
In the face of various hardships, Cori’s strong will, faith, love for her family, and support from community carried her through. Her unique experiences shaped her compassion, resolve to help others, and a deep gratitude for life. She poured her heart into cooking—decades of love were consumed in the form of pierogies, pumpkin pies, profiteroles. She seemed always to be thinking of the next gift, meal, or service that could brighten someone’s day.
Cori thrived in nature and was the definition of a green thumb. Her home was filled with the most lush begonias, Christmas cactuses, and violets you’d ever see. She had a fondness for big trees and dreamed of hugging the Redwoods and Sequoias someday. She found love in running, hiking, and kayaking, savoring the fresh air in her lungs and sun on her skin like she herself could photosynthesize.
She had a special soul connection with dogs. She was an artist even though she didn’t believe it, inspired to paint landscapes, sculpt ceramics, design perfectly rustic wood crafts, and crochet countless garments and home goods. She rode dirt bikes, to the great shock of her daughters(!). She was a beautifully multifaceted human, and the loss of her strong yet tender heart leaves a gaping hole in her family and community.
A private celebration of life will be held by Cori’s family. In her honor, please enjoy a quiet walk in nature or planning a special act of kindness for a loved one.
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