Florence Taylor: May 20, 1914 – Jan. 24, 2014 Her family is sorry to announce that after a marvelous life of almost 100 years, Florence Ida Parker Taylor (nee Vint) has passed away in Toronto.
She was predeceased by her husband, Hugh B. Parker (1963); second husband, Leon A. Taylor (2004); and stepson, David Taylor (1990).
She has left wonderful memories for her children and their spouses: Carol Shaw (Wayne), Hugh C. Parker, (Judy), and Joy Parker Blackwood (Billy Ray), and for her stepchildren, Peter Taylor, Patricia Taylor and Glen Taylor (Joanna).
Florence enjoyed and was loved by her grandchildren, Ross Galloway (Liz Marshall), Lynn Galloway (Nicholas Goboly), Christine Parker (Todd Joyes), Karen Craig (Ryan), and Victoria and Leilani Taylor, as well as great grandchildren, Brody Galloway and Quinn and Abigail Joyes.
She will be missed by her sister, Lois Parker; sister-in-law, Dora Davenport and niece, Joan Munoz, as well as by Murray Galloway, Jill Burns, and countless friends in Florida, Montreal, Ontario and elsewhere.
Florence loved life. Born in Toronto, she attended Balmy Beach and Williamson Road Public Schools, Moulton Ladies College, and Shaw’s Business School. She was a talented musician with dreams of a concert pianist career; a dream cut short by the depression of the 1930s.
She loved participating in sports of every kind, and continued to swim lengths of the pool almost daily at her home in Florida and at Amica at Bayview, until well into her nineties. Florence loved travelling and saw much of the world.
Her main passion was her love of, and devotion to, Christian Science. She was a Christian Science Practitioner, and was active in every avenue of her church. Having lived for 36 years in Florida after her husband retired, it was quite a decision to return to Toronto at age 92 to be closer to her family. But she easily made friends at Amica and participated in everything from bridge games and movie nights to the glee club and the Sudoku group. She was one of the last members of the Monitor Club of Toronto. Thanks to Ruth, Beverly, Novlette and Solange for their loving support and care, as well as to the staff at Amica. The love of each of us goes with you on your on-going journey, Mom!
An afternoon to remember Florence Taylor will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a contribution to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.