SOUTH PARIS – The 60th wedding anniversary of James W. and Lena (Lee) Taylor Jr. of South Paris was celebrated with a reunion of their immediate family.

The Taylors, known as Jim and Lee, were married on July 27, 1944, at Barksdale Army Air Force Base near Shreveport, La. Three months later, Mr. Taylor was sent overseas as an aerial gunner and served in combat from the Battle of the Bulge to V-E Day. Mrs. Taylor had served as a “government girl,” working as a clerk in the General Accounting Office in Washington.

Their first child, Patricia Ann, was born as her father and all of the Allied forces in Europe were celebrating the cessation of hostilities on May 7, 1945.

The family attended several outings in Maine, with the largest gathering at the home of Albert and Mary Fox in Stoneham. The couple’s four children and most of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren enjoyed the rare event of this widespread family being in the same place at the same time.

Participating were daughter Patricia Ann and husband, Stanley Knotts, of Laytonsville, Md.; daughter Mary Elizabeth and husband, Albert Fox, of Stoneham; daughter Janet Lee and husband, Keith Schmidt, of Fallon, Nev.; and son James William III and wife, Jan, of Caldwell, Idaho.

The group was well-rounded with grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who kept all the activities alive and up to the present.

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