Personal note from Victoria's Daughter, Christina Taft
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 town, had volunteered in it and did not want to leave it. I wish we had.
All of my culture comes from her, not necessarily from my surroundings or education. I loved listening to her unique stories when I was a child about the film industry and her experiences. I love her and will miss her forever.
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 home after I was born in 1993. We then lived in Arizona for 12 years and moved to Paradise in 2008.
Because we didn't have mandatory orders from authority or any warnings 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,
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 …
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"Victoria Taft paragliding"
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"Victoria Taft, brother Donn Debaun, and sister Kathy Debaun."
"Victoria Taft in Encino"