Augustine Linda Taylor, the Chocolate Diva, Age 71, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, died suddenly Monday August 17, 2020 in her Edmonton Apartment. She was born August 22, 1948 in Fyzabad, Trinidad to Ionie Taylor and Thomas Garcia.
She grew up in Fyzabad, Trinidad, a bit rebellious, and extremely protective of her siblings, especially her brother Fitzroy. One of the biggest influences in her life was the very close relationship with her grandmother, Angela Taylor. It was there she developed her diva swagger, and a smile that lit up rooms.
She attended Oropuche Anglican Primary, Forest Reserve Anglican Primary, and Southern Academy Secondary Schools in Trinidad.
She came to Canada in 1969, and lived in Ottawa, Ontario, with a family (unfortunately I do not remember the family name, but she always spoke highly of them and was very thankful for the help they gave, in starting her new life in Canada) for whom she was a nanny. During this time she received her degree in accounting at Carlton University.
September 22, 1971 at St. Joseph’s Church, in Ottawa, she wedded Desmond Taylor, the love of her life, who she met at age 16. The next phase of her life had begun as she began working for the Federal Government of Canada. After a miscarriage and the devastating news that she would be unable to have kids, Linda and Desmond brought their two young nephews, Selwyn and Robert to live with them. In the summer of 1980, the family moved to Edmonton, Alberta where she worked for the Provincial Government of Alberta. And spent the next 40 years forging great friendships… living life.
She enjoyed gardening, movies, and was an avid reader, especially of romance novels. She enjoyed her church activities, teaching Sunday school, assisting with baptism and communion setup, and decorating the Sanctuary. She especially enjoyed Sunday school and the various activities for the younger congregation at the Faith Fellowship Worship Centre Church of God. She was the pillar of the family in the home and to her extended family in Trinidad, lending support where she could, whether council, financial, or a timely smile. Our world is that much more empty and drab now that she is gone.
Her beloved family:
Husband: Desmond Taylor (deceased)
Parents: Ionie Taylor (deceased) and Thomas Garcia
Siblings: Elizabeth (Taylor) and Sonny Hodge (both deceased), Winston Taylor, Theresa Taylor, Fitzroy Williams, Hollister Williams, Jacqueline and Patrick Taylor, and Andy and Simone Williams.
Sister in-law: Joan Taylor.
Nieces and Nephews: Robert Parris, Robert Taylor, Roland and Marsha Taylor, Allan Taylor, Anthony and Dawne Taylor, Selwyn Taylor, Stacy Taylor, Maisha Williams, Takiya Williams, Zuwena Williams, Zain Williams, Darius Taylor, Ricky Taylor, Natalie Taylor (deceased), Damien Taylor, Stacy and Sherwin Nicholas, Donald and Stacy Taylor, Maleeka Williams, Akinee Taylor, Akindae Taylor, and Akeela Taylor.
Great nieces and nephews: Lyndon Taylor, Jemma Taylor, Kadejha Taylor, Kevin Taylor, Lisimba Taylor, Shequana Taylor, Latisha Taylor, Athaliah Williams, Zion Taylor, Jozel Taylor, Roel Taylor, and Rochelle Taylor.
Maternal grand parents: Angela and Adolphus Taylor (both deceased).
Funeral/memorial to take place September 12, 2020 at 12pm MST (Edmonton time), (which is 2pm AST (Trinidad time), or 2pm EDT (Ottawa time), or 1pm CST (Texas time)) at the Faith Fellowship Worship Centre Church of God. Live streaming at HTTP://distantlink.com/serenitySG.html
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to YESS (Youth Empowerment & Support Services) at yess.org.