|Birth: ||Aug. 25, 1919|
|Death: ||Sep. 21, 2013|
Thora Taylor Pearce Bishop, age 94, died peacefully with her family at her home in St. George, Utah on September 21, 2013.
Thora was born August 25, 1919 in Plain City, Utah to Elmer A. and Olive H. Taylor.
She married Percy H. Pearce on March 11, 1941 in Ogden, Utah; the marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake City Temple. He preceded her in death on June 8, 1951. She later married Marion Maughan Bishop on June 7, 1955; he preceded her in death in November 1982.
At a young age, Thora started her career as a hat and clothing model. She modeled for thirteen years for L.R. Samuels, Auerbachs, Utah Tailoring Mills, and Donna Marie Hats. Many of her pictures appeared in Harpers Bizaare Magazine.
One of the highlights of Thora's early life was winning the Miss KLO Radio Beauty and Talent Contest in Ogden, Utah, and traveling to Hollywood as KLO 's ambassador. While in Hollywood, Thora socialized with many celebrities of the time, including Jack Benny, Edgar Bergen, Leslie Howard, Dorothy LaMour, Andy Devine, and Robert Young.
Returning to Utah, she started her own business, Thora Pearce's Freezer Food Plan, which sold freezers filled with food. She also sold insurance. She was in real estate for twenty-five years and managed the high-rise Carlton Towers and the Highland Terrace Apartments. She loved oil painting, ceramics, and crocheting. Thora had many talents. To know her was to love her.
She was preceded in death by her youngest daughter, Debra Kay Bishop; sisters, Orell Hunt and Fern (Joyce) Humphreys; and her brother, Junior A. (Fern) Taylor. She is survived by her daughter, Pamelyn Miller of Midvale; her son, Drew (Elaine) Pearce of St. George; her sister, Norda Primavera; seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
A visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 South Highland Drive (1495 East), East Millcreek, beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Internment will follow at 1:00 p.m.
A celebration of Thora's life will take place in St. George at a later date.
Our very special mom, we will remember always your strength, courage, and loving guidance. We're so sad to lose you, but so very glad we had you. With cherished memories, "We love you, Mom."
Published in the Salt Lake Tribune on September 25, 2013.
Elmer A Taylor (1892 - 1967)
Olive H Taylor (1894 - 1984)
Percy Harrison "Pep" Pearce (1915 - 1951)
Marion Maughn Bishop (1921 - 1982)
Orell Velate Taylor Hunt (1916 - 1973)*
Thora Taylor Bishop (1919 - 2013)
Elysian Burial Gardens
Salt Lake County
Created by: Ryan Curtis
Record added: Sep 25, 2013
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