Dawn Patricia Taylor

February 20, 1947January 9, 2019
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Dawn Patricia Taylor was born in Layou, St. Vincent and The Grenadines to the late Patrick and Una Claire Joseph on February 20, 1947. She was the second out of 7 children who loved to care for her siblings and was greatly loved by her family. In July of 1976 Dawn immigrated to the United States and brought with her the spirit and culture of her beloved homeland. Mother to all, confidant and friend to many, and forever warm and kind, Dawn lived her life as a form of ministry and never grew weary in doing good. Her faith in the Lord was unshakeable and helped her to live a life of purpose. She served as the secretary to the Ministry of Education in St. Vincent and her compassion led her to work in the health field where she cared for her patients by lifting their spirits with her humor and laughter while diligently tending to their needs. A faithful and loving wife and mother to 11 children, Dawn believed in growing up a child in the way of the Lord. She instilled the love and fear of the Lord, the passion to learn, the desire to work hard and the need to show kindness freely and often. Dawn taught her children to hold on to the promises of God’s word and to never let circumstances dictate faith, but to instead let faith lead you through each circumstance. Most of all, she had an unconditional love and passion for her children and family and enjoyed spending time with them. She took great pride in being a mother and grandmother. Her love and service to others was unfathomable and unable to see a need unmet, Dawn opened her arms wide to as many needs as she could and to love as many as she could as her own. Dawn enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. She often volunteered for Sunday school ministry and vacation bible school and enjoyed mentoring and working with the youth. Her favorite pastimes were cooking, baking, deep sea fishing, spending time with her husband and family, speaking with her siblings, singing and playing the piano and tending to her flowers and plants. She was an excellent cook and pastry chef and enjoyed sharing her food, bread and cakes with family and friends. Dawn’s green thumb could make anything grow and blossom. In turn like her plants she was able to help her family and friends blossom with her laughter, a word of comfort, a prayer, or a pruning if it was needed. On January 9, 2019, Dawn Patricia Taylor, good and faithful servant, was called home to be with The Lord. Dawn leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember her. Dawn will be reunited with her parents, Patrick and Una Joseph and brothers, Arthur, Lionel and MacKree and grandson Rory Elisha. She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 32 years, Leon Taylor; children, Laura Cancel and husband Pedro Albert Cancel, Brian Joseph and wife Glenda Joseph, Hazel Roseboro and husband Robert Roseboro, Dwight Joseph and wife Kyria Joseph, Donna Marie Taylor and husband Ricardo, Leon Taylor Jr. and wife Myomi Taylor, David Joseph, Ricardo Taylor and wife Michelle Taylor, Marsha Lee Taylor, Tamara Taylor-Fair and husband Keith Fair, Jennifer Taylor; siblings, Monica, Karen, Andre, Eugene, Renrick, Ken, Hyacinth, Vilma; and grandchildren, Aaliyah, Dorian, Stephanie, Joshua, William, David Jr (DJ), Robert Jr. (RJ), Kyle, Marcus, Kaitlynn, Ricardo Jr., Keligh, Kiara and Liam and a host of nieces nephews and cousins and friends. Although she will be greatly missed let us honor her by giving God His rightful place in our hearts and in our lives and by living a life that touches others with kindness, love and God’s grace.


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Dawn Patricia Taylor

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Jen jen Tqylor

February 22, 2019

Mom, I miss you so much!

Jennifer Taylor

February 20, 2019

Happy birthday mommy,
I miss your laughter your sweet touches and even that finger you would point, when you had something important to say. I know that you’re having the best birthday in heaven right now with our Heavenly Father. I hope you’re doing a lot of dancing “Jam it” and playing sweet songs on the piano.

Love your baby girl for ever,

Jen Jen

Tonya Bender

January 31, 2019

Aah... Miss Dawn 💖
That is who she was to me, like a second mom. Many of my fondest and dearest youth memories were spent in her open home, developing lifelong friendships with her kids. I can still hear her voice of truth when we youngin's got a little out of line. I will always cherish her loving lectures...and her smiles, and her meals, and just - her.
Prayers & hugs to the family! 💖

Pamela Lipscomb

January 26, 2019

I am so heartbroken over the loss of my friend Dawn.  She was an amazing mother, dear friend, and dedicated Christian.  She often gave me words of encouragement and when needed, a loving rebuke.  That was my Dawn.  She always told you the truth.  I remember there were times in the evenings when I was looking for my son, I often found him sitting at Dawn’s dinner table eating some delicious meal like, stew chicken and rice. 

She never let me chastise Hassan for eating at her house without permission.  She would say, that sweet sing-songy St. Vincent accent, “Pam, Hassan can eat here any time he wants. He is family!”  That was my Dawn, a house brimming with children, yet she had room for one more.  I had spoken to Dawn over the phone from time to time, but hadn’t seen her for many years. 

Our last visit was two years ago, when Hassan and I visited her beautiful home in Georgia. Dawn prepared a meal of salmon, asparagus, and rice, as we sat and got caught up on things.   She almost apologized for not prepare her usual home cooking.  She said she was eating healthier lately.   I laughed and told her, so was I.   It was a beautiful day, with great fellowship, with Dawn.  I will never forget her.  There will never be anyone like Dawn.  I am so sad to know she is gone, but I know where she is.  She is in the loving arms of her savior.  God, bless you sweetie.  Until we meet again.  Love, Pamela Wilson - Lipscomb

Yvonne Knight-Williams

January 26, 2019

I remember my vacations in St. Vincent when I met Dawn, such a warm, caring and gentle person. Rest in Peace. Condolences to the Joseph and Taylor families.

Vilna Barker

January 26, 2019

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.

I am so grateful for the early memories I have of my dear sister Dawn and feel privileged to have been a part of her life's journey, even for a short time.

I am reminded of the Bible passage which says "Blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be comforted."
I pray that her family will find that comfort. Because of her faith in our Savior Jesus Christ, we are assured that the woman we knew as wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, has gone to a place of rest.

May we all be comforted and strengthed by this truth.

May her soul rest rest in peace.

Sister, Vilna Barker

KB (Tine)

January 26, 2019

Psalm 34:18 "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Praying for comfort and strength for the entire Taylor-Joseph family. So many memories from those early Bronx years! That smile, the gentle approval (aww, she liked my singing!) the genuine interest and concern she showed for those around her, and that island-warmth that made her such a joy to be around. Dawn Patricia Taylor: What a testimony of dedication and service she leaves behind. She will be missed!

Trudy Sydney

January 25, 2019

I had the privilege of meeting her once and I’m so happy I did. What a pleasant person, beautiful spirit. Our deepest condolences from the Sydney family. Praying for peace and comfort for the family.

Tanga Lewis-Wilson

January 25, 2019

Proverb 31:10-31 talks about a virtuous woman. Ms.Taylor epitomizes virtues that all women should aspire to have . It always amazed me when I went to Hazel's home, how well she kept her home.
Although it was a small space, there was a warmth in her home that was filled with the love of God. The pride she had in her home and her family was felt immediately. She was a woman that all women should aspire to be .
Ms. Taylor has imparted such a rich legacy in the lives of each of her children. Because she has imparted greatness into your lives, you family will multiply her legacy for generations to come. Your children will benefit from the small seeds of kindness that she has shown over the years . Although Ms. Taylor isn't present with you in the physical nature, remember that her spirit lives on in you. Her drive to be successful will continue to live on in you. And lastly, her joy lives on in you.

May God bless you and your family during this difficult time.
With my deepest sympathy,
Tanga Wilson and family

Chelsea Guarriello

January 24, 2019

Dear Dawn,
My heart is so heavy about you being gone, I know you will forever look down on us with a smile and so much love in your heart. You had such a strong and spiritual presence about you that I will forever look back on and be thankful for the short time I was in it. Jennifer has brought me so much joy, laughter and memories and I will forever hold her close to my heart. Such a beautiful woman and mother- you left such a mark on my life. From the check in calls to the home made bread and brown stew chicken that you used to send with Jen for me. Thank you! For being a kind and gentle soul when my family was so far away. Thank you for inviting me into your home and allowing me to love your daughter like my own family. You will forever be missed Dear Dawn. Thank you for everything.