Obituary: Heide Hartmann-Taylor
Dr. Heide Hartmann-Taylor, known affectionately as "Dr. Heide" by her friends and patients, passed away April 24, 2015 in her home in Chino Valley, Arizona, finally succumbing to a very aggressive cancer.
Heide was born June 13, 1954 in Morristown, New Jersey, the youngest child (and only daughter) of Carl and Helen Hartmann. She graduated in 1972 from Mountain Lakes High School in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, and attended Stephens College in Missouri before enrolling in Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC. Heide opened her first chiropractic practice in Peachtree City, Georgia in 1979.
Heide moved to Arizona in 1985, first to Phoenix, then Payson, then Tucson, and finally settled in Chino Valley in 2000. She had successful chiropractic practices in each location, touching the lives and healing the bodies of literally thousands of people over the years. In the end, her heart belonged to her patients at the Advanced Chiropractic Health Center in Chino Valley.
Heide was always searching for the truth, always trying to better herself, always looking to love and connect more.
She found the love of her life when she married Dennis Taylor in 2000 in Tucson. She is survived by Dennis; and three step-daughters from Dennis' previous marriages, Sadie Taylor and Amber Taylor of Missoula, Montana, and Daniele Kelley of Eugene, Oregon; and step-granddaughter Cora Bertelsen of Tucson, Arizona.
Heide also had three other step-children from a previous marriage to Stephen Davis, Christopher Davis of Kennesaw, Georgia, Bryan Davis of Los Angeles, California, and Catheryn Davis McCraw of Greenville, South Carolina; along with three more step-grandchildren, Peyton, Grayson and Emma Davis of Woodstock, Georgia.
Her father, Carl Hartmann, now 97-years old, lives next door to Dennis and Heide in Chino Valley. (Her mother, Helen Hartmann, passed away in June, 2013). She is also survived by her brother Carl Hartmann Jr. of Indianapolis, Indiana; her brother, Jeffrey Hartmann of Statesville, North Carolina; and her brother Peter Hartmann of Charlotte, North Carolina.
There will be a Celebration of Heide's Life at 2 p.m. on May 30, 2015 at the Adult Center of Prescott, 1280 E. Rosser St., Prescott, Arizona. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in memory of Dr. Heide to Guide Dogs of America.
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