Maria K.

Maria K. "Mookee" Taft

Sunday, January 29th, 1933 - Friday, November 1st, 2019
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Maria “Mookee” Korbiniana Taft was born January 29, 1933 to Resi and Martin Beer in Westerham, Germany a small upper Bavaria village. She grew up with four other siblings; Detti (1934); Martin (1932); Martina (1931); Elvira (1928). After attending eight years of volksschule during the war years of 1939 to 1945 she started her long working years.

From 1947 to 1956 her jobs were plenty and diversified; babysitting, childcare, and learning how to cook. In 1956 she met her husband John Charles Taft and in 1957 they married for the next 43 years. “John made me a Hood River girl as he never left his birthplace (Hood River)”. Mookee started a cooking job at the Elks club in 1960 until 1972. Then from 1972 - 1995 she was the head cook at Hood River Valley High School.

All during those wonderful years she and John raised 2 adopted baby girls (Kacie, 1966 & Sissie, 1967) and even built their home. In 1999 Mookee lost her husband, but she continued cooking and catering for ten more years.

After moving to her White Salmon house lots of entertaining going on… memberships; Elks club; Beta Sigma Phi; Odell Lions club but the love of cooking was a major part of her life. She lived 3 years at Down Manor and moved to her home on May Street where she peacefully passed.

Mookee is survived by her brother Martin of Germany; daughters Kacie Sena of Hood River, OR & Christine Sollman (husband Robert) of Portland, OR; grandsons Alex and Evan; and numerous family and friends in Germany and across the US.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00pm Saturday May 16, 2020 at Anderson’s Tribute Center and a reception will follow. Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031. Visit to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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    Saturday, May 16th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, May 16th, 2020 1:00pm
    Anderson's Tribute Center
    1401 Belmont Ave.
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  • Reception

    Anderson's Tribute Center
    1401 Belmont Ave.
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    Immediately following service.


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judy nelson

Posted at 03:00am
Mookie was always a bright spot in one's day, always a smile as she busied herself taking care of others. Her cheerful spirit and prodigious output of nutritious foods as well as goodies cemented many relationships. Hopefully each of us can pass on her positive spirit.

Bryan Lloyd

Posted at 10:10am
Mookee was one of my best friends in life and I will miss her so very much.

Bryan Lloyd

Posted at 10:10am
Mookee was one of my best friends in life and I will miss her so very much.

Angie Carrara

Posted at 09:15am
I am blessed to have met such a wonderful woman. I am friends with her daughter & enjoyed many phone conversations between them. My condolences to the family as I know she is dearly missed.

Ingrid Schulz

Posted at 11:14am
Mookee was a longtime friend and colleague of my Mother, Elli Schulz.
She catered my sister’s wedding. What beautiful memories she gave to our family.
I remember her smile and kindness. It was an honor to have known her.
My sincere condolences to Casey, Sissie, and family.
Ingrid Schulz

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