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Taylor, Gwendoline May

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Gwen Taylor. Aunt Gwen died on Monday, Nov. 29, 2004, at the age of 102. A quiet service of prayer was held on Dec. 5 to celebrate her life.
She was born Gwendoline May Taylor on July 27, 1902, in Dorset, England to William and Melinda Taylor. Gwen was the eldest of three children, her sister, Marion Swinarton of Fort Macleod and one brother, George Taylor, previously deceased.
Gwen immigrated to Canada in early 1911 with her parents and baby sister. Gwen remembered the trip over to Canada via ship and often talked of that journey and how it was shortly before the Titanic had sailed.
The Taylor family settled in Medicine Hat where Gwen received most of her schooling and later graduated from Alexandria high school. Her father was employed with the CP Rail and was later transferred to Calgary with his family.
It was here in Calgary that Gwen began her work as a bookkeeper in the insurance industry and then was later employed by an accounting firm, D.J. Grier and Associates, (owned by Dave Grier, originally from Fort Macleod).
Gwen enjoyed her work and continued with her accounting position well into what most of us would think of as our retirement years. She even filed her own income tax return up until the age of 100 years, at which time her family jokingly expressed “that after that many years, one shouldn’t still have to owe the government any more.”
Gwen never did apply for a driver’s licence. She always took the street car to work then later the public transit bus which of course would require lots of walking between stops.
Gwen moved to Fort Macleod in 1983 following her retirement from the accounting firm of D.J. Grier and Associates at the age of 81 years. After moving to Fort Macleod she certainly never saw the need for a driver’s licence or car as she could walk any place she needed to go.
Gwen valued her health and took great care to stay active and independent, maintaining her good health. She lived in and maintained her own home until the age of 96, at which time she moved to the Pioneer Lodge. Her memory remained very sharp; she was always great company as she had many memories to share.
Gwen enjoyed many travels to Europe, Scandinavia, Turkey and Greece and traveled to her homeland many times to visit her cousins.
She had a fine eye for artwork and in her retirement tried her hand out and joined the local Pottery Club. She enjoyed her garden very much, especially the birds which visited. And of course anyone who knew Gwen would also know how much she loved bears and the collection which surrounded her. She was a great lover of animals and had adopted and sponsored the Grey Wolves at the Calgary Zoo for many years up until her passing.
Gwen will be sadly missed by her sister Marion Swinarton and her three nephews, Dwight (Donna) Taylor and daughters, Vicki and Elizabeth, all of Rimbey, Charlie Reach of Fort Macleod, his daughter Susan Reach and her son Colton, both of Calgary, and Robert (Eileen) Reach, their sons Brian (Ronda), children Randi and Jason Perry of Medicine Hat and Nicholas and Ashley and Scot (Bev) Reach and their sons, Brenton and Braydon, all of Lethbridge.

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