Doris (Hillstrom) Oaks Taylor
Monday, April 10, 2017 12:22 PM
Doris (nee Hillstrom) Oaks Taylor, 96, passed away on April 8, 2017 in Wayzata.
Funeral service 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 12 at Roseville Memorial Chapel (2245 N. Hamline Ave, Roseville 651-631-2727) with visitation preceding from 9-10:30 a.m. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers (she was highly allergic to plant pollens) donations requested for Sharing and Caring Hands.
Doris Elizabeth Hillstrom was born on June 21, 1920 in Belle Plaine to parents Clara (Townsend) and Harry A Hillstrom. During her early years we know of nine towns the family lived in before settling in St. Paul at age 16. Doris is a graduate of Central High School class of 1939.
In 1945 Doris married Edwin H. Oaks Jr. in New Orleans. Together they raised four children moving from Chicago, Vancouver, Minot, Duluth before eventually settling in St. Paul.
Doris created a career with the State of MN and later became the first woman tax assessor for Ramsey County.
She married Harold Taylor in 1971. Doris’ life is an example of independence, courage, kindness, grace and love.
She enjoyed bowling and square dancing...but most of all a good game of bridge. She was known to be an excellent bridge partner.
For several years she volunteered with Meals on Wheels in Roseville.
She will be greatly missed by her surviving four children, Bud Oaks, Elizabeth Kassekert, Jinna (Ken) Cox and Barbara (Roger) Swenson; 11 grandchildren, Heather (Damon) Graham, Megan Oaks, Danielle (Charlie) Fehring, Kristine Kassekert, Theresa (Stan) Walker, Tony Kassekert, Tom Kassekert, Karen Kassekert, John Kassekert, Roger (Kelly) Swenson and Clair (Joel) Joyes; and last but truly not least her beloved six great-grandchildren, Caitlin Oaks and Jordin Graham, Grizzly and Rocco Steuck, Maxwell and Winston Fehring, Michael and Isabelle Walker, Hadley and Cameron Swenson.
Her family is very grateful and wants to acknowledge their thanks to the caring staff of Meridian Manor in Wayzata.