Taylor was at Warner's side in January 1978 at the inauguration of Governor John Dalton. She campaigned with Warner as he sought the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate including a visit to Roanoke College. And she would make headlines of her own later in the year when she choked on a chicken bone during a campaign visit to Big Stone Gap.
At the state GOP convention in June, the Senate nomination went to Dick Obenshain, but he died in a plane crash two months later. Taylor mourned with Obenshain's family and friends in August. And she celebrated with Republicans in November after Warner won the Senate election.
"You did the right thing," Taylor the crowd of supporters on election night. "And it's just going to be so marvelous for all of us."
In a statement obtained by the Associated Press Wednesday, John Warner said he and his former wife were "always friends, to the end." Warner said he would remember Taylor "as a woman whose heart and soul were as beautiful as her classic face and majestic eyes."
Warner also said his children "bonded with hers, and they will be together at the services in California."