Rose Mae Taylor Salazar, 56, of Cherokee, went to be with the Lord on Oct. 1, 2013 at the Cherokee Indian Hospital following an extended illness.
Rose was the daughter of the late John B. Taylor and Mary Maxine (Bigwitch) Taylor. She was a home maker and the loving wife to Antonio “Tony” Salazar for more than thirty years. She was a fluent speaker of the Cherokee language, and losing a fluent speaker is a precious loss in of itself.
Rose was also preceded in death by her two brothers, Marvin J. Taylor and Mason R. Taylor
She is survived by her children, Sandra Salazar with companion Sergio of the home, Helena “Lena” Salazar with companion Jose both of Cherokee; brothers Elisha Taylor and Ricky Joe Taylor with companion Holly of Cherokee; half brother (adopted) George Polecat with wife Frances; sisters, Nannie Taylor, Sallie Smoker with husband John; half sister, Maggie Armachain; sister-in-law, Lora K. Taylor; three grandchildren, Samantha, Eric and Soqwili Salazar all of Cherokee, and many Nieces and Nephews.
A visitation was held at the Cherokee United Methodist Church on Wednesday, Oct. 2. The body remained at the church until the hour of service on Thursday morning, Oct. 3. Pastor Red Bradley, of Waterfalls Church, and Pastor George Polecat, of Stillwell, Okla., officiated the formal services. Rev. John Ferree and the staff of the Methodist church assisted in the services. Pall Bearers were among the friends and family of Rose. The funeral was followed by the immediate burial in the Bigwitch Cemetery near the decedent’s home.
Long House Funeral Home assisted the family in the final arrangements.