Karen Surat Taylor
Karen Surat Taylor, 80, Alta Loma, CA passed away unexpectedly Saturday, May 2, 2020. Karen Dee was born on October 23, 1939 to Alvin and Ruth (Houska) Surat of Bijou Hills in Mitchell, SD.
Due to the current COVID-19 circumstances, a celebration of life and internment will be planned at a future date to allow friends and family to gather, exchange hugs, and share their fond memories.
She attended Bijou Hills Country School and graduated from Platte High School in 1957. She went on to attend Stewart’s School of Hairstyling in Sioux Falls and moved to Huron to work as a beautician. In 1961 she moved to Pomona, California where she was surrounded by cousins and South Dakota friends and became the family hair stylist.
Karen was united in marriage to Lee Winston in 1964 and to this union was born two children, Craig and Lori Jo. In 1977 she married Leo Taylor and welcomed three more children: Terry, David, and Steven.
She worked at the University of Calif, Cal Poly for the Dean of Engineering for 30 years retiring in 2000. She enjoyed traveling and especially enjoyed her trips to South Dakota to visit her mother in the Platte Care Center, to Colorado to see her great grandson, and Florida to visit her grandchildren.
Karen loved the beach and for 20 years rented a place at Newport Beach where her grandchildren came from all parts of the U.S. to visit each other. Her green thumb was evident by the beautiful flowers in her yard.
After retiring, her creative talents turned to china painting. She displayed her beautiful pieces at the Los Angeles County Fair winning blue ribbons every year. She served as secretary to the Downey Porcelain Artists Club and was recognized by the Porcelain Artists of Calif as Honored Artist of 2013.
Her house was a hub for family and extended family celebrating all the joys of life. It was a warm home filled with love, kindness, home-cooked meals and “baked goodies”. Her family always knew she would be there when they needed her.
She was spirited, quickwitted, and loved to make people laugh. She leaves behind a legacy of love and selflessness. She was a special woman who will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Grateful for having shared in Karen’s life: her husband: Leo Taylor; two children: Craig (Bridgette) Winston, Alta Loma, CA; grandchildren: Jeff (Michelle) Winston, and Garrett Winston; step-grandchildren: Ryon Moisio, Magen Clawson, Tawni Moisio, Seth Moisio, Ian Moisio; great-grandson: Axel Winston; step-greatgrandchildren: Landon De Los Rios, Harrison Schwing, Weston Clawson; Lori Jo (Bob) Urbatsch, Norco, CA; grandchildren: Kyle Urbatsch and Lucas Urbatsch; Three step-children: Terry Taylor, Patriot, OH; grandchild: Justina Taylor Labutski; David (Dawn) Taylor, Alta Loma, CA; grandchildren: Amber (Matt) Shinn, Shelby, Maddie, Hannah, and Sarah Taylor; great-granddaughters: Maeve Shinn and Epik Horzen; Steve (Teresa) Taylor, Land O’ Lakes, FL; grandchildren: Nicki, Kelsey, Austin, Logan, and Ashley Taylor; Sisters: Carol (Bob) Smith, Upland, CA; Carmen (Rick) Arrowood, Woodbridge, VA; brother: Wayne (Pat) Surat, Bijou Hills, SD; and many nieces and nephew.
Karen was preceded in death by her father Alvin, brother Walter, and first husband Lee.