On September 16th, 1996 Taylor Ranae Paddock was born in Great Falls, MT, blessing her family beyond all measure. She was welcomed into the world by her parents, Bruce Paddock and Kyla Segmiller, and two older sisters, Daneal Lightner and Allie Paddock, of Fairfield, MT.
Taylor was 18 years old, a senior at Fairfield High School. After graduation she planned to attend the University of Montana. She had yet to narrow down her long list of possible majors, but looked forward to a bright future.
Although short, Taylor's life was full. She lived guided by her enormous heart. Her family and friends attest to countless stories of Taylor's generosity and compassion. From notes and gifts when others were having a bad day, to sneaking money, notes and trinkets to the unexpected, she was always giving. She was known for sacrificing her own needs for those of others.
Her selflessness was but one of many of her wonderful traits. Taylor was able to light up a room with her brilliant smile and quick wit. She was prompt with a joke or fun fact, making those around her constantly laugh and smile.
Taylor had many passions. One was for learning and reading. She was never to be found without a book or two. She also had a deep love for music. Her favorite band was One Direction. For her 18th birthday she had the privilege of seeing them live in concert, accompanied by her mom, sister and close friend. Taylor would speak of this concert to anyone, anytime she could; it was the trip of lifetime.
Her greatest love was for her family and friends. Taylor took every opportunity to spend time with the people she loved. She enjoyed ice fishing and calving with her dad, watching movies with her mom and making her laugh, and spending every second she could with her older sisters. Taylor was loved by many friends and jumped at opportunities to spend time with them whether at football games, movies, getting coffee or just hanging out. Her smile, dimples, beautiful eyes, big heart and sense of humor will be cherished and loved by her family and friends forever.
One of the most important things to Taylor was her faith. She was to be named God Mother to her nephew -to-be in the Catholic Church. A last piece of her wisdom left to us was "Having faith in God includes having faith in his timing." As we put this into practice, Taylor will be always in our memories, hearts and prayers.
Taylor is survived by her father, Bruce Paddock (Fairfield), mother, Kyla Segmiller (Fairfield), grandmother, Nina Paddock (Fairfield), grandparents, Milton and Kyleen Segmiller (Whitehall), sisters, Daneal (Colin) Lightner (Helena) and Allie Paddock (Fairfield). She is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and her friends that she treasured, Taylor is predeceased in death by her Papa Dale Paddock (Fairfield).
A viewing will take place on Friday, March 13th at 5pm at Gorder-Jensen Funeral Home in Choteau, followed by a Rosary at 7pm. The funeral will be held on Saturday, March 14th at 11am at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Black Eagle, followed by burial at Sunset Hills Cemetery in Fairfield. A memorial and reception will be held at Fairfield High School at 3pm.-