Twylah Sherae Tarkington was born July 15, 1957 to parents Elizabeth Gean Taylor and Seth Walker Tarkington. Twylah was the second child of Elizabeth Gean Taylor and grew up in the Chollas View area of San Diego. She attended Chollas Elementary School, Gompers Jr. High Scholl and graduated from Abraham Lincoln Sr. High School; Class of 1975.
She was affectionately known as LaLa by her brother and niece because they couldn’t pronounce Twylah. She was known as T-Bird in Elementary and Jr. High school because of her very slim stature. Twylah earned other nicknames as well, Lady T, TNutty and Miss T as a result of what she meant to others.
Soon after high school Twylah became the mother of two sons, Loren Teryl McGee and LaRon Daryl McGee whom she loved and adored. One her children reached school age Twylah began working for San Diego Unified School District with special education children She worked at different schools and settled down at Morse Senior High School where she also supervised the drill teams. She worked as a Morse Tiger but was a Lincoln Hornet 4 life.
Twylah was known and loved for her sharp tongue as well as her laugh that brought tears to her own eyes. She has long time loving friends who had their own individual activities with her. She shared traveling, parties, concerts, sewing and thrift store shopping with her family and friends. Her family and friend would always receive a little gift from Twylah, sometimes for no reason at all. The times that Twylah loved and cherished the most was holiday time spent with her sons and grandchildren. And, a function was not a function if Twylah’s famous Lemon Cake or Cornbread Dressing wasn’t there!
Twylah was preceded in death by her Mother: Elizabeth Gean Taylor, Father: Seth Walker Tarkington, Brother: Larry Daniel, Sister: Lynn Loman and Uncle: John (Dora) Taylor.
Left to mourn Twylah’s passing are her sons Loren and LaRon McGee, Brother John Miller, Aunt Lillian (Rodney) Carroll, Uncles Teddy Taylor and Sammy Taylor, grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins, friend and students that cherish her memory.