In Memory

Stella Mae Taylor Fogle (Tuscola Tigers) - Class Of 1940

Stella Mae Taylor Fogle

October 30, 1922 - March 23, 2009

Stella Mae Taylor Fogle, daughter of Walter J. Taylor and Lydia Belle Freeman,married to Arthur Elvis 'A.E.' Fogle, Jr. and buried in Elmwood Memorial Park Cemetery, Abilene, Taylor County, Texas.

Abilene, Texas

On March 23, 2009 Stella Mae Fogle was reunited with her beloved A E. and met her precious Lord Jesus. She dedicated her life and energies to her husband of almost 65 years, her three children, nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and her church.

The funeral service will be Thursday, March 26 at 2:00 p.m. in Abilene's First Baptist Church Sanctuary with burial following in Elmwood Memorial Park. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Rd.

Stella was born on October 30, 1922 in Tuscola, Texas to Walter J. and Lydia B. Taylor.


She grew up in Tuscola, graduating from Tuscola High School, going on to Hardin Simmons University. Her extracurricular interest in high school was music. She played the piano for congregational singing at the Baptist church in Tuscola. She married her childhood sweetheart, A. E. Fogle (Junior), on August 14, 1943. At his death in July 2008, they had been married almost 65 years. Their example of marriage commitment was a blessing and inspiration for their children and grandchildren.


Stella and A. E. were active participants in the life of First Baptist Church over the past 61 years. She taught second grade Sunday school at First Baptist for 51 years. She was also involved in the Women's Missionary Union (or Baptist Women), writing the organization's newsletter for many years. She played the piano for GLO daycare. She was also a longtime member of the Abilene Women's Club.


"Family" has always been a core value for A. E. and Stella, getting the family together to celebrate as often as possible. Stella, or MomMom, as her grandchildren called her, loved planning and preparing special meals for her family, especially for birthdays, Christmas, and other holidays. She also enjoyed documenting those occasions with photo albums and each grandchild has numerous albums chronicling their lives. A favorite memory is Christmas Eve with MomMom playing the piano, the grandchildren joining with their favorite instrument, and all singing Christmas carols. In the minds of her family, it was always considered a special time when they all got together at MomMom's and Grandad's!


Stella was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her brother, Doyle Taylor.


Survivors include her children, Carol Chastain of Frisco, Janice Allen and her husband, Bob of Abilene, and Ron Fogle and his wife, Anne of Abilene. Her grandchildren, Jeff and J. Chastain, Rob, Bryson, and Christopher Allen, and Whitney, Nic, Tommy, and Sean Fogle survive her. Two great granddaughters, Kyla and Jadyn Chastain of Frisco also survive her.


She leaves a legacy for her family of wonderful memories, treasured family celebrations, and the example of a life lived for God. "Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." Proverbs 31:30


The family requests memorials be made to the First Baptist Church Foundation or First Baptist Church Unified Mission Offering.


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