Obituary of Lillian Jean Taylor
Lillian ‘Jean’ Taylor, beloved wife, mother, sister, grandma, aunt and cherished friend, passed away peacefully with family at her side on June 20, 2023. Born on February 12, 1939, in Nipawin, Saskatchewan, she lived a life filled with love, laughter, and a deep commitment to those around her.
Jean's journey began on the family farm near Nipawin, where she grew up as the youngest of four siblings. The farm was homesteaded in 1912 by her father and uncle. Her childhood was marked by the strong values of her family which shaped her character and laid the foundation for her compassionate nature. Throughout her life, Jean fostered deep connections and nurtured lasting relationships.
Jean began her career with Sasktel in 1956. Over the years she embraced various positions but being a Telephone Operator is what Jean liked best. This gave her the opportunity to relocate to Prince Albert, and while living in a houseful of cherished friends she met Bob Taylor. Bob's irresistible charm, dancing prowess, and undeniable good looks captivated Jean and they were married on September 2, 1963. Bob and Jean remained married until Bob’s passing in 2021 - almost 58 years! Jean loved her job as well as the close-knit community of girls she worked with. The flexible shift schedules allowed her to actively participate in the lives of her 4 children while maintaining a fulfilling career. After dedicating 43 years to Sasktel, Jean decided to retire, having taken breaks along the way to prioritize her expanding family.
Jean possessed a sweetness and selflessness that endeared her to all who knew her. She had a knack for capturing life's precious moments, armed with her trusty camera, which became an extension of her hand. Her collection of photographs grew exponentially over the years, as she meticulously documented every occasion. Jean's determination to capture memories often led to comical moments, as she struggled with the camera's intricacies and could never click the button fast enough. Nevertheless, she leaves behind a treasure trove of cherished memories and triplicates of every snapshot she ever took!
Her green thumb and creative talents were evident in her love for gardening, sewing, baking, and painting. Jean found joy in nurturing life, both in her vibrant flower beds and in the warm embrace of children. Her compassionate spirit extended beyond her immediate circle, as she often welcomed new immigrants into her home, providing a safe haven and assistance in learning English.
As a dedicated volunteer, Jean contributed her time and energy to various organizations. Her involvement in the Girl Guides and Trefoil Guild exemplified her commitment to empowering young women and nurturing their potential. Additionally, Jean found strength in Al-Anon, offering support to those affected by alcoholism.
Active and vibrant, Jean immersed herself in physical activities believing in the power of movement and its positive impact on both the body and mind. Jean and Bob embarked on a journey of cardiac rehabilitation together, walking regularly as part of Bob's recovery after his stroke. Aquasize classes, active participation with the Heritage Seniors community and her beloved Calvary United Church further exemplified her dedication to leading an active and fulfilling life.
Jean's zest for life knew no bounds. She delighted in the simple pleasures, relishing in the sweetness of dessert and the company of loved ones. Hardworking, charitable, and community-minded, she was the life of the party, a natural gatherer of people. Jean's warm heart extended to her family and friends, cherishing each moment spent with them.
Jean was predeceased by her parents, George and Winnifred Hunter, sister Margaret Greier, her brother Allan Hunter, her nephew Larry Greier and her husband, Bob Taylor.
She is lovingly remembered by her children; Leslie (Rodd) Sawatzky, Lance (Tanya) Taylor, Christopher Taylor, Lindsey (Darren) Lloyd; her grandchildren Kennedy, Dawson and Brooklyn Sawatzky, Jackson Taylor, Chloe and Olivia Lloyd; her brother, Murray (Mollie) Hunter, sister-in-law, Elaine Hunter, brother-in-law Brian (Denise) Taylor, sister-in-law, Christine Taylor, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
A Celebration of Jean’s Life will be held at 11:00 am, on Friday, July 14, 2023, at Calvary United Church, 114 25 Street East, Prince Albert, SK. For those unable to attend the service, a link to the recording is provided here https://youtu.be/4BoqysxzpQM In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Jean’s name to the Calvary United Church in Prince Albert or the Alzheimer's Society of Saskatchewan.
Family and friends wishing to send online condolences are welcome to visit www.beaulacfuneralhome.com Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Beau “Lac” Funeral Home and Crematorium, Marianne Turcotte, Funeral Director, Prince Albert, SK 306-763-3322