Fearless Females Blog Post: March 21 – Precious Moments

March 21 — Describe a tender moment one of your female ancestors shared with you or another family member.

My cousin Zara Gale Taylor, who I always referred to as cousin “Z” and Aunt “Z” when I was growing up is my most favorite cousin.  She was always beautiful to me inside and out and she had a voice that you knew God was shining on her life.

Some of my most precious memories of Cousin Z was when I would spend time in her home to visit for a few days.  She always made me feel at home, and would say, “help yourself to anything you may want, this is your home.”

I used to love to watch Z go through her beauty routine.  She had the longest hair and she would take her time washing her hair, giving it an oil treatment and then blow dry her hair and then set it in these big rollers.  She was just absolutely beautiful!  Then she had this routine with her skin, and her make-up.  I think she would go through a three hour treatment of taking care of her hair and skin.  She then would do her nails.

Another thing I enjoyed about going to cousin Z’s house was the cookies she would bake.  She always made raisin oatmeal cookies, butterscotch cookies, chocolate chip and White Chocolate Chip cookies.  Z was amazing.  She not only could bake cookies, sing and be beautiful, but she was the nicest person in the world.

She always encouraged me to go back to school, telling me it is never to late and that I could be anything I wanted to be.

One of the saddest days of my life was when I had to say good-bye.  She passed away November 19, 2005.  I put together a memorial on findagrave.com.  (Click this link to read about her).

Zara Gale Buggs Taylor in January 18, 1997 at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Educator's Breakfast in San Diego. She was a guest speaker and singer.

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