Caryl Jeanne Tasker

Born: Fri., Oct. 15, 1926
Died: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018

Graveside Service

11:00 AM Mon., Jan. 07, 2019
Location: West Cemetery

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Caryl Jeanne Tasker, 92, of Portland Oregon, formerly of Griggsville Illinois, St Louis Mo., Winter Park Florida, Quincy Illinois, and Clarksdale Mississippi died Thursday, November 1, 2018 in Portland Oregon.  Caryl was the first born of Rex Raines Bailey and Ella Dorethea Nielsen Bailey on October 15, 1926 in Clarksdale Mississippi where her father’s company  helped guide the plantation owners  to recover their farm lands after the struggles of the civil war.  She was later raised on her family farm, “The Pines” near Payson Illinois where she spent the majority of her days playing with her sisters Mary and Phyllis and riding her dearly loved pony Teddy.  She attended a one room school house and In 1942 moved to Quincy Illinois where she attended Quincy Senior High School.  She was an outstanding art student, sketched portraits for the community and the Q review and enjoyed piano and violin.  She was accepted to the Art Institute of Chicago and resided at the 3 Arts Club, a home and club for women in the three arts of music, painting and drawing. She studied drawing, painting and printmaking. She exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Evanston Art center, Morse Gallery of Art, Argent Gallery, Southeastern Annual (Atlanta), Jacksonville Arts Center and Ridge Art Center. Her lithograph” The Fox” won her an honored exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. It was at the Art Institute that she first met her husband to be Stanley Douglas Tasker.  After graduation she returned to Quincy and was the resident artist at the Quincy Art Center where she taught classes to the community.  She did many sketches and watercolors of landmarks of the surrounding country-side and interesting portraits of the children of Quincy.  She started her own business making lithograph prints, selling many original modern designed Christmas Cards.  On July 7th, 1951 she married Stanley Douglas Stewart Tasker and they moved to Winter Park Florida where she and Stan were instructors at Rollins College.  She was commissioned by Brownie Wise, Vice President and General Manager of Tupperware Home Parties Inc. to paint a mural in the foyer of their headquarters building called “The evolution of dishes”.  Research, planning and personal expression united to create the mural.  Her symbolic style and vivid colors captured and recorded the feeling, the movement and the drama of a journey through the history of pottery that has led to the nature of the clear cut designs of Tupperware.  After the birth of their first child Douglas Raines Tasker In 1954 they moved to St. Louis, where Stanley taught at Washington University School of Fine Arts.  She gave birth to her second child Margaret Mary Tasker in St. Louis in 1957. Her years in St. Louis prioritized the raising of her two children opening their eyes to all of the beauty in the world surrounding them.  Upon retirement of her husband Stan, they moved to Griggsville Illinois where she and Stan renovated the historic Octagon House and made it their home.  She received a Memory Lane award in grateful appreciation of her years of service to the Griggsville Preservation and Restoration Society, Skinner House.  She participated in the annual Pike County Color Drive and was a member of the PEO chapter of Griggsville Illinois.  Upon the death of her husband Stan in 2006 she moved to Portland Oregon to live with her daughter where she enjoyed doing watercolors of the Oregon coast and doing sketches and mosaics of all the local beauty of Portland.  

Surviving family members include Phyllis Rae and Ron Regnier,  Kimberly Jongerius and family, Rex Regnier and family, Jeff and Carol Bunting and family, Tom Bunting Jr. and family,  Steve Bunting’s family, Douglas Tasker, Christopher Tasker, Blanca Morrison and Margaret Tasker.  

She was preceded in death by Mary and Tom Bunting, Steve Bunting and Stanley Tasker.

Graveside memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, January 7, 2019 at the Pittsfield West Cemetery.  Online condolences may be left to the family at  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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Leecia Hillebrenner
   Posted Thu November 08, 2018
What a sweet lady! I have missed seeing her and Mr. Tasker. I thought a lot of them both!

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