Taylor, Augustine Linda

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.

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Aggie Colangelo

I worked with Linda at both the Federal and Provincial Governments from about 1987 to her retirement in 2009. Somewhere along the way we became good friends and it stayed that way. We always went together to meet our mutual friends for whatever the occasion, be it a birthday, a funeral or just because. We went grocery shopping and I would drive her to her medical appointments. She sent us daily inspirational messages and prayed for us. Thank you my friend for always being there for me! Forever in my heart!
My sincere condolences to her family!

Maia Maksymiuk

Beloved Linda, I miss you and your Daily Inspirational and Sweet Messages. I look forward to seeing you again!

Pam and Jackie Gaskin and Family

Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Linda

Paulette Lewis

I am deeply sad today after the passing of sis. Linda. I firstly, want to express my condolences to Sis. Linda’s family.

It was four years ago when my daughter began University at the U of A. As a mother, I needed someone from Faith Fellowship Worship Centre, who lives close by, to be a support system for my daughter. I will say that, once they got to know each other, sis. Linda became her surrogate mother. This was extremely helpful because my daughter is an out-of-province student. There were many instances in which sis. Linda made sure that my daughter was safe coming home, late at night from school. I particularly remember, in many instances, when she would meet my daughter halfway at the bus stop, to walk her home when she could.
Sis. Linda also provided food for my daughter when she needed it. They even hung out together. I am truly thanking her for all the times she went grocery shopping and church with my daughter. Some might say this was a unique friendship between a university student and a mother of the church.

The Lewis family, especially my daughter, will forever be grateful to my sister in Christ. She truly loved my daughter, unconditionally. May your soul Rest In Peace until we meet again. In our often messages, I will never forget her quote to me and my husband when we would come to her house for tea. She would say, “mummy leave the girl alone, she only studies,” and my response would be“ okay, the both of you are friends, so let me stop “

Cynthia Duncan

Sis Linda Sometimes I am ready to forward to you my Trinidad jokes/information and then I remember that you are no longer here to read them. Will definitely miss watching you set up the communion table. My sister may your soul rest in peace.

Gary Davis

Linda and I worked together for almost thirty years. We worked for the federal, provincial governments and for a wonderful place called the Youth Employment Centre. Everyone loved Linda. She was brutally honest when necessary, kind and a terrific conversationalist. We often talked about our kids as they grew up and exchanged parental expertise (as we knew it) In so many conversations. Linda was well loved by her work friends. For the past year a group of us received daily inspirational quotes from Linda. Her family and friends have been blessed by Linda’s presence. She is in a better place now.

Gary Davis

My sincere condolences to Linda’s many relatives and friends. I have known Linda for over thirty years. We worked together with the federal government and provincial governments. Linda also worked with me for a few years at the Youth Employment Centre where she was loved by the entire staffShe watched over my kids at times and we always talked of the best ways to parent our children. She was always very supportive and went straight to the point when necessary. All of us miss Linda tremendously. Her family can be very proud of the way she lived. Linda was truly pure of heart. Prayers

Trevor and Beverly Noel

I remember Sis. Linda as a very sweet, friendly woman who would visit our church ( Fyzabad Open Bible) every time she visited Trinidad. May God bless and keep her family at this time of bereavement.

Joanne James

Linda, I miss you my friend, I am so sorry I was not there for you in your last hours but I know that God was there for you. I will miss our little chats, tea dates and your advice . I will remember how you step into our live and became part of the family. My children will miss Auntie Linda. you was more than a friend you was family. with love the James Family

Sherol leslie

On behalf of the leslie family. We want to extend our deepest condolences to the whole family. She would always support the Caribbean functions in Edmonton. Had a very quiet deminor but was such a pleasant lady. May her journey with the lord be peaceful just as she was

Damon Bailey

Condolences from the entire Bailey family. Linda was truly a wonderful lady, loved seeing her when I came to Edmonton. RIP Linda!


Dear Aunty Linda. One of the sweetest people I have known. I remember she would baby sit my sister and I when we were very young! Such a close family friend! Nothing but joyful memories! God bless her! May her soul find rest in the Lord.

Kurt Sorochan

Linda was one of the sweetest most caring people I’ve had the privilege of knowing. She was always a gracious host welcoming all into her home. Deepest condolences to all her family and friends the world truly lost an amazing woman but heaven has gained an angel.

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