Taylor Elizabeth Rittenberry Tanner was the most excellent Christmas gift, born on December 25, 1985. She left her loved ones to return to her true home on November 26, 2016, which was the fifth anniversary of her dear Mammo’s death. It is fitting but bittersweet that she left us on that day.
She was preceded in death by grandfather Bill Strickland, grandmothers Eloise Strickland and Janie Rittenberry, uncle Richard Strickland, and other precious souls dear to her heart, all of whom with which she is now reunited in paradise.
How can you sum up a life in a few paragraphs? The answer is that you can’t. To know Taylor was to love her. As a young child, it was clear that she possessed an old soul, wise beyond her years. She had an open heart for everyone she met. Taylor was not with us nearly long enough, but she lived fully while on earth. She had a love of life that was a joy to see, a giving spirit, and a great sense of humor. She is already missed immensely. Taylor was loved deeply by many, and gave love to others fully and with her whole heart. More than anything, she loved her husband and family. Her spirit of generosity was a blessing to friends and family alike. She also loved animals, except for cows … they scared her. Random, but true. To sum up Taylor, the only word that is appropriate is love.
Taylor is survived by husband Paul Tanner of Cedar Hill, Texas; parents Norman and Nancy Rittenberry of Duncanville, Texas; brother John Rittenberry and the love of his life, Catherine DeVore, of McKinney, Texas; grandfather Dick Rittenberry of Duncanville, Texas; aunts Karen Rittenberry, Jamie Austell and Tina Strickland; uncles Scott Rittenberry, Michael Austell, and Allen Strickland; cousins Mike Walker, Keera Ketterman, Emily Ray, Eve Terrell, and Kelsey Salcedo, and their spouses; and numerous other family and friends whom she loved but are too numerous to list.
In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be made to Taylor’s favorite causes, Tri-Cities Animal Shelter in Cedar Hill, Texas, the SPCA, or the charity of your choice. The family humbly thanks everyone for their care, concern and prayers. They are overwhelmed by the numerous kindnesses that have been extended to them.
Visitation with the family will be Tuesday, November 9, from 6-8 p.m. at Jaynes Memorial Chapel. The visitation is the only planned event.