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Mom & Home Lost in CampFire - Christina Taft

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My mom Victoria Taft died in the CampFire in Paradise, California on November 8th when our home burned down. She was a single mother and my only family.

It's devastating that my mom is gone, along with our home and anything in it.

 
Current Challenges/Needs:
-Funeral/cremation costs for my mom
-Longterm housing to finish last year at CSU Chico 
-Gas/Grocery/School materials funds

Funeral / Cremation Costs:
My mom, the only family I had, passed away in the Campfire on November 8 (please see below for my tribute to my wonderful mom, Victoria Taft). Our home was lost in the fire as well. Losing my mom is absolutely devastating. I now need to cover the cost of cremation/funeral expenses while facing homelessness and grief.

Need housing near CSU Chico
Our home was lost in the fire as well. I am currently changing locations frequently and running out of options. I go to CSU Chico for Business Administration and will graduate in fall 2019. If you know of anyone who can offer semi-permanent housing near there, I would be grateful.

Living Expenses:
My mom and I lived together my entire life, the past 10 years of which was in Paradise. We were dependent financially on each other. In addition to funeral costs, I need funds for housing, food, school, gas, utilities, etc.

Thank you for any time, help, or donations.


My Tribute to My Mom

Victoria Taft was nice, generous, social, independent, honest, trustworthy, caring, facetious, dependable, sarcastic, modest, smart, stubborn, and loyal. She cared about other people more than herself. She always thought the world was better than it was. She was liked by whoever knew her. She mostly went by Vicki. We had lived together in Paradise for 10 years. She loved the community, had volunteered in it, and did not want to leave it.  I wish we had.

Victoria, my mom, was 66 and born November 11, 1951 in Pennsylvania. Her birthday was just 3 days after the fire. She grew up in Los Angeles. She was a single mom who mostly stayed at home after I was born in 1993. We then lived in Arizona for 12 years and moved to Paradise in 2008.

In her life she did acting, real estate, and other jobs in Los Angeles and Southern California. Her last job, aside from a temporary caregiving one for several months in Paradise, was as a stunt double in Dick Tracy in 1989/1990.  In the 1970's, she went to Los Angeles Valley College, but left early for a career. In her 20s or 30s, my mom wrote a book called Tara about her life and traveling with her friend in Europe. I was not able to not read her book before it was lost when I was younger. She also was disabled at the end. I loved her. She deserved a longer life and I miss her. 

Because we didn't have mandatory orders from authority or any warning to leave, my mother didn't know it would be as bad as it was and didn't evacuate with me. I feel pain, guilt, shame, loss, death, and anger about what happened. I wish I had stayed longer and that the emergency response was better. The fire was deadly.

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Eulogy for Victoria Taft (my mom). Thanks for the donations because when I publish this, it is quite long which makes it costly, but worth it:

Victoria "Vicki" Taft was born November 11, 1951 in Norristown, PA, the daughter of Larry Debaun and Marian Bradford Taft, and died November 8, 2018 in Paradise, CA. Vicki spent the majority of her life in Los Angeles and grew up in the world of the film industry. Her friends called her an elegant, effervescent "golden girl" and "extravagant beauty" with a stunning presence.

Vicki remained modest about her accomplishments which included working as an actress, stunt-doubling, working in real estate, and authoring a book called "Tara," based on her travels in Europe with a best friend and meeting people in Hollywood.

Vicki grew up visiting her father, a cameraman, on sets for Paramount Pictures, Columbia Studios, MGM and later of the classic American television show "Happy Days." In Scottsdale, AZ she started acting at six-years-old in the play, "Gentleman Jane," with her real life dad, Larry, who was the male lead. Her paternal grandfather, Everett Debaun, had been a screenwriter for television. In the late 1960s, she was a publicity agent and rock groupie for The Doors. Vicki followed in her family's entertainment industry footsteps.

Victoria was involved in over 25 movies, television shows, and plays. Her acting roles mainly mirrored her interest in comedy. A short list of her roles include: "Checkered Flag," a small part in "Rocky III," and a role in "Malibu Hot Summer" (an early Kevin Costner film that website Rotten Tomatoes lists as a "b-movie classic"). A 1978 casting sheet from the American Services of the Arts of Southern California states that she was cast in "Survival Skills" and in "Flying High" as a stewardess. One resume states she was in "The Dating Game," "Love Boat," "Lady in Red," "Black Stallion," and "Scarface" among 20 roles. On IMDb, Vicki is listed as being an associate director of "Two Top Bananas," associate producer of "Heat," and assistant to the producer of "The Johnny Cash Christmas Special." Vicki was further involved with commercials and modeling, according to her brother, Donn. She was a stunt double in the 1990 film adaptation of the classic comic, "Dick Tracy," where she doubled for Glenn Headly.

Vicki loved spending time socializing and partying in Beverly Hills, Laurel Canyon for the rock scene, Hollywood Hills, and Palm Springs with her friends - like Michelle Diamond and Lori Mattix. Vicki accompanied tennis star Roscoe Tanner on his tour in Europe, met rock stars, and was involved in the Hollywood scene. She traveled the world, went to Europe in the summers, and visited the South of France, Italy, England, Spain, Greece, Morocco, and Egypt. She attended Los Angeles Valley College, real estate school, and film training. As a realtor, she was proud of a Doheny Drive listing in Beverly Hills with Par Realty.

After her career in film, Vicki became a protective stay-at-home mom in Arizona, dedicated to raising her only daughter, Christina, and volunteering in her daughter's schools. In her daughter's childhood, Victoria raised her on a ranch in Kingman, AZ. A loving parent, she purchased art, tennis, and horseback riding lessons.

In 2008 Vicki returned to California, moving to Paradise with her daughter to support her step-mother, Marjorie Norvell Hilley. In 2012, Vicki volunteered with the Paradise Lion's Club. Her mother, Marian, had also been involved with the organization. Vicki kept her mother's poetry book and wanted to pass on memories.

Vicki was facetious, independent, honest, trustworthy, caring, dependable, sarcastic, intelligent, modest, stubborn, social, positive, and loyal. She cared about others more than herself and always thought the world was better than it was. She held high standards. Vicki is remembered by her neighbors and friends for her warm smile and generosity.

Vicki enjoyed tennis, swimming, yachting, skiing, and spoke conversational french. She preferred the beach, shopping, colors, outdoors, travel, culture, and sunshine. In music, she enjoyed soft rock, a variety, and her radio was frequently on in her home. Her favorite singer was Paul McCartney of the Beatles. She also liked Rod Stewart, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles and more. She often was on her laptop reading on the internet. Loving to write, Vicki wrote long notes in birthday cards, letters, and also left notes around her home of her thoughts. She could talk to her friends for hours on the phone. In her last year, she socialized at lunches and enjoyed watching sitcoms such as "Love Boat," "Malibu CA," "Happy Days," "Cheers," "Newhart," and other comedies from mostly the 1970s and 1980s.

Vicki has a daughter, Christina A. Taft, living in California, and a brother, Donn L. Debaun, living in Sedona, AZ.

Vicki's northeastern maternal grandparents were Jerome Bradford Taft, Vice President of an advertising agency, and Edith Baldwin. Vicki was named after her step-grandmother, Victoria Bornemann. Her paternal grandparents were Edna Snedeker and Everett Debaun. Her mother, Marian Taft, did some modeling in Los Angeles before moving to Oregon to a ranch and practicing business.

Victoria Taft became spirit with us far too early in the devastating November 8, 2018 Camp Fire in Paradise, California at age 66. She is dearly missed by her beloved daughter, brother, friends, neighbors and admirers.

Eulogy: https://beyondthedash.com/obituary/victoria-taft-1951-2018-1072567193
https://everloved.com/life-of/victoria-taft/

IMDb page: https://imdb.com/name/nm0846450/
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I'm researching my Mom (Vicki Taft)'s prime from the 1960s-1980s. I found this resume a couple of days before her memorial on Jan 12th. It shows that she was in 20 movies, TV shows, and plays.

For me, it really helps to see her happier or to hear about her more fun times than how it was at the end :(

After the fire, I've seen her in Malibu Hot Summer, Checkered Flag, and in the background of Lady in Red. I maybe saw her in The Doors documentaries, but wasn't sure as she would be a late teen with short hair. My half uncle and I think maybe she was on the boat and by the Palm Springs waterfall.

I've seen her resume before, but I was too young to see many of the films since many are older etc and 1970s is challenging to find.

If anyone wants to help find my mom in these scenes or know more about her, the resume is newest first. They are small scenes likely.

Also, thanks to any of her older friends who can tell any stories about her! I tracked a couple of them down from the 80s, including that best friend she traveled with to Europe.

Movies:
Neon Maniacs - Mother
Lady in Red - Call Girl
Rocky III - Press Photographer
Scarface - Bathing Beauty (I couldn't figure this one out)
Black Stallion - Horsejockey
Malibu Hot Summer
American Hot Wax - Fashion Buyer
Gemini Twins - Astrologer
Highway - Publicity Agent
Feast of Friends - Rock Groupie

Television:
Love Connection - Winning Contestant
Dating Game - Winning Contestant
Love Boat- Newlywed
Flying High - Stewardess
IFR 7000 - Steel Baroness

**Also: I am in University Housing right now until May. I may be graduating in Summer.

Thanks to the new friends after the fire and Adopt a Family.

Thanks to everyone who has given support.

This has been devastating.

It helps that my mom can be remembered since it's all that I can do now.
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Join us in the memorial and
Celebration of Life for Victoria Taft
Mother, Stuntwoman, Actress, Inspiration


January 12, 2018
3:00 PM
East Lawn Memorial Park
4300 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA

RSVP to VickiTaft.RSVP@gmail.com

Victoria Taft - Paradise, CA
November 11, 1951 - November 8, 2018


You are cordially invited to the celebration of life and memorial for Victoria Taft of Paradise, California by her daughter Christina Taft and friends of her beloved mother who tragically perished in the Camp Fire. She is no longer with us in physical form but Victoria remains with us in spirit. This event is to remember who she was and to realize she is with us all, bigger than ever.

The celebration of life and memorial are being held at the beautiful East Lawn Memorial Park location at 4300 Folsom Blvd. Sacramento, California 95619 on Saturday January 12, 2018. Attendees who only knew of Victoria as a victim of the Camp Fire are welcome.

We do ask all attendees RSVP to VickiTaft.RSVP@gmail.com by January 2 for the service which will begin promptly at 3:00 pm.

A group dinner at a venue is planned for 5:00 p.m. after this event with attendees provided a meal. Those who RSVP will be told the location of the dinner and those who cannot attend the ceremony, but want to attend after are welcome.

It is our wish to keep up the memory of Victoria.


Transportation to East Lawn and Accommodations:

Below attendees will find embedded maps for both Google and Apple Maps to East Lawn driving, from Amtrak and from the Sacramento Greyhound.

Hotels with bereavement rates, both within 2 miles:
Courtyard Marriott Midtown $110 - No Breakfast 10.00 Parking
Hampton Inn and Suites $130 - Breakfast included Parking waived

Recommended budget motels
Super 8 (84$)
Motel 6 Downtown $6o (average)

Driving directions from major metropolitan areas:
From Chico California
From San Francisco
From LA


Bereavement rates and scheduling transport:
We have been informed by Amtrak because of limited travel back and forth from Sacramento to Butte County rates are quickly escalating. Train schedules are also not well coordinated with the time of the service so overnight accommodations are recommended.
Greyhound is the most well-timed method of travel from Butte County as Amtrak times would require attendees to book an overnight stay.

Because of the sensitive nature of this celebration of life and memorial we ask questions be directed only after RSVP. All RSVPs will receive a separate email for questions about coordinating your meaningful time with those who loved Victoria Taft. Again, please RSVP before January 2, 2019 so we may have an accurate attendee estimate.


Victoria Taft as Candi in the b-movie classic staring Kevin Costner (in cowboy hat to left) Malibu Hot Summer, (re-released as Sizzle Beach)


Acknowledgements:
We want to graciously thank East Lawn for the generous donation of their services and the space. We would also like to thank Seasons of Life for their donation of floral arrangements, E49 Corporation for their venue, and Sacramento Kindness Campaign for the dinner. Other acknowledgements will be in the service program.
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