Eden Peacock Taylor passed away in her home surrounded by family on June 23, 2018. She was 59 years old. Eden was born May 3, 1959, in Price, Utah. She was the second of eleven children of Zora Eden and Var Lynn Peacock.
Eden 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 (UT), Corvallis (OR), and Raeford (NC) before settling in Baker City (OR). 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.
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, UT; Timothy N. (Nick) Taylor (Cassie Morrissey) of Halfway, OR; Tiffany Hobbs (Damian) of West Jordan, UT; Trevor Taylor (Sara Markham) of LaGrande, OR; Taralynn Cutler (Bryson) of Riverton, UT; Trent Taylor (Cheryl Pearcy) of Provo, UT; 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 2 on the way, 8 brothers, 2 sisters, and her mother, Zora.
She was preceded in death by her father Var Lynn Peacock and father-in-law Timothy La Verne Taylor (Baker City).
Her funeral will be held on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at 1 pm at the LDS church; 2625 Hughes Lane. There will be a viewing on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel from 4-8pm.