Accident victim was well known to Mission police officers; picnic Saturday celebrates her life

Vickie Taylor
Vickie Taylor

Vickie Taylor was well known to the officers at the Mission Police Department.

Taylor worked at Pride Cleaners on Broadmoor in Mission. That’s where the Mission police take their uniforms, so every officer was familiar with her. Chief Ben Hadley had just talked with her there the day before an accident on Metcalf Avenue took her life last Friday night.

The officer who took the call to respond to the crash had seen her earlier in the day on Friday. Taylor died after a car came across the median on Metcalf Avenue and struck her car. She died at the scene of the accident.

“She would do anything for anybody at anytime,” said Taylor’s daughter, Toni McCleary. “She really got to know her customers.” Her mother, McCleary said, loved her job and interacting with people.

Taylor also was active in her church. “She did everything you could do (in the church),” McCleary said. More than 500 people showed up for a memorial service that was organized just two days after her death.

Taylor’s husband passed away eight years ago. She is survived by her daughter, son and grandson. She was looking forward to another grandchild on the way. A GoFundMe page has been started to help with burial expenses.

A celebration of life picnic will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Antioch Park in Shelter 3. People can come and go anytime during those hours.

As a tribute to her mother, McCleary said, people are asked to wear Converse tennis shoes to the picnic. She loved the Chuck Taylor All-Star Converse, McCleary said. “She had almost every color you could imagine.”