Susan Rae Taylor

Susan Rae Taylor, beloved wife of Marty Taylor, passed away peacefully in her home Feb. 10, 2020. An Oakland native, she left high school at age 16 for her first job with Hills Brothers Coffee. In 1973, she met the love of her life, Marty, and moved to Alameda.

Susan later worked at Southern Pacific Railroad before creating her own business, Isle City Typesetting. Susan  was a former member and Board of Directors member of the Alameda Jaycees, she became editor of the California State Jaycees newspaper, The Quake. Her typesetting work highlighted her excellent language, grammar, spelling, and photographic abilities. Among her proudest moments was winning second place as a newsletter editor during the U.S Jaycees National Convention awards event.

She and Marty entertained often. Friends, family and guests looked forward to her fried chicken and Black Forest cake. In addition to motherhood, she later pursued a degree in criminal justice at community college. 

As a mom, she had a natural way to impart lessons and values without judgment or lecturing. Susan’s young neighbors, Sheri and Josh, have come to think of her as their “other mom.”

Susan is survived by her husband Martin Taylor, daughter Angela Traeger, son-in-law Douglas Traeger, grandson Thomas Traeger, nephew Clyde Francke, cousins Janet Martin, Kathy Martin, Randy Martin and numerous friends whom Sue considered “family by choice.”

A memorial service will be held this Saturday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m., at the Alameda Funeral & Cremation Services Chapel, 1415 Oak St. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the March of Dimes.

For more information contact Harry W. Greer, funeral director (FDR-745).