Leona P. Taylor, family matriarch
Leona P. Taylor, 83, of Laurel, passed away Sunday, April 27, 2014.
Mrs. Taylor was born Feb. 17, 1931, in Roxana to the late Hollie J. and Pearl Lynch. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Robert Lee Taylor Sr., who passed in 1995, and siblings, Louis, Vaughn, Rebecca, Margie, Harold and Jehu.
She was a wife and mother foremost, but she also worked at the Seaford Leader newspaper, Vlasic Foods and a sewing factory in Berlin, Md.
She enjoyed radio contests, puzzles and word find books. She was a big fan of Dan Satterfield, the WBOC meteorologist. Many people called her “Mom”. She was a feisty woman and very strong willed enough to shake her fist at her doctor and chase kids with a flyswatter. She would do anything for anybody.
She is survived by three sons, Robert Lee Taylor Jr. of Laurel, Virgil A. Taylor and his companion Cheryl Norman of Millsboro, and David A. Taylor and his wife Emilita of Laurel; three daughters, Betty Ann Spencer and her companion Max Tijerino of Dagsboro, Mary Jane Willing and her fiancé Raymond Bailey Jr. of Laurel and Nancy Billings and her husband William of Laurel; and two brothers, Joseph and Dallas Lynch. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Laura Villegas, James Spencer Jr. Robert Taylor III, Robert Toomey, Kim Enger, Maria Bailey, Cody Downs, Anthony Taylor, Sarah Taylor, Thomas Dukes and Kasey Downward, 18 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren, along with many extended family members and friends.
A funeral service and celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, May 2, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may call after 1 p.m. Burial will follow at the Oddfellows Cemetery in Laurel. Pastor Bob Hudson will officiate.