Taylor Jereyce Ester

June 3, 1997May 31, 2019
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1 Corinthians 13:6 “Love takes no pleasure in evil, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails”.

On May 31, 2019, we lost our beloved daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece and dear friend, Taylor Jereyce Ester. Taylor was 21 years old and a shooting star that burned so brightly. Taylor was born in Seattle, Washington and spent her formative years in Seattle until her family moved to Kirkland in the fall of 2009. Taylor graduated from Lake Washington High School in 2015. With a passion for cosmetology, Taylor attended the Toni and Guy Academy in Shoreline, Washington to pursue a career in hair styling and makeup artistry. Taylor recently began working at Amazon Fulfillment Center in Kent, Washington and part time at the Plaza Salon in Bellevue, Washington. Taylor’s most recent endeavors included making wigs for family and friends and songwriting. Taylor loved family and had the biggest forgiving heart. She believed in second and often third chances. She continued to demonstrate her endless capacity to love in her devotion to her mother and how she cared for others, especially children. Her laugh and smile and laugh was infectious.

Taylor was passionate about fashion, music and arts. Taylor recently had a performance at Central Saloon in Seattle Washington, for her first live show. Growing up, every song on the radio was her song. She loved to laugh, watch scary movies and take midday naps.

Taylor is survived by her mother Malini Wilkerson; father, Tyrone Ester; stepfather, Toure Taylor; sister, Olivia Wilkerson; and stepbrothers, Montayas and Tavius Taylor; grandparents, Gloria and Charles Mann; grandmother, Jeanette Ester; grandfather, Michael McCullough and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Shooting stars never die but their energy merely transforms. Taylor was here for such a short time and touched so many lives. She loved to laugh, party and spend quiet time with family watching movies. While we will miss her, we will see her again. Singing sweetly and burning brightly as stars do.

In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to the Olivia Wilkerson Benevolent Trust Fund at BECU.


  • Funeral Service Friday, June 14, 2019


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Trey Allen

June 18, 2019

I am Taylor’s Uncle Trey. I will always remember Taylor as a warm, kind, and friendly little girl who blossomed into a beautiful, talented, and strong young woman. I really enjoyed visiting with her at our family reunion, and I loved talking with her about her career aspirations when I came back to Seattle in 2013. Taylor will be missed dearly, as she left us far too soon. In the words of my 4-year-old daughter, Lena, she is “an angel.”

Lei Lan Jones

June 14, 2019

I've known you since the day you were born. My first "sister" my first Girl best friend. We have learned so much together to riding the unicycle to taking swim lessons together -- all down to purchasing our first cars together. You have been the best God sister a girl could ask for. It was almost to good to be true. You have been there for me when I felt like no one else was -- and there I was for you as well. My beautiful little sister, thank you for being you. All the goals we wrote down, and talked about. I will accomplish each and every one in honor of you. You were strong, motivated and inspired. You were my light literally in such a dim world. I did not worry because I knew I Had you and to me that was enough to feel like I could do anything -- we could do anything. I will remember you always, Me waking up to you every morning and us just being us. No matter what .. we loved being around each other and no matter how far I traveled you always remained MY #1.
So much I can say sis. I love you. You were AMAZING and one in a lifetime . my baby. my angel <3

Mesha Woods

June 13, 2019

Aaahhh is saddens my heart as this also came close to home. Taylor and my daughter Mechela became high school friends. I remember Taylor coming to the house and Chela would be so delightful as she finally met someone who she can sing with, write music, be fashionable, hair and makeup.. lock themselves in the bathroom and take selfies, and laugh all night. I remember when she first got her permit or license, however she pulled to the house in that luxury car like it’s ME! Spoiled ole ME! Her mother always made sure her kids had the best ❤️. Taylor and I along with her boyfriend and my husband were hanging out downtown last year in April.. just to see her grow into an young adult and as I ran into her, it made me realize how precious our kids are..they leave home and become adventurous and mothers..we wish we could hold our kids hands forever and protect them from harm..May God touch her mother and father, sisters and brothers, family and friends, give us peace, understanding and wisdom as we get through this tough time.. I love you Taylor and you will be forever missed❤️😥

Alexis Pereira

June 12, 2019

Taylor you are and will always be my best friend. I’ve known you since the beginning of 7th grade and we’ve been buddies ever since. I’d say out of everything we’ve done in the last few months taking that little get away with livvy and the boys to Anacortes was the best just because we were so relaxed and really spent quality time as a family. We have an endless amount of memories that I will cherish forever! There is nobody like you and I am so blessed to have had you in my life as well as my kids. You are the best auntie/godmother they could have ever had. I love you so much Taye. ❤️

Jeanette Ester

June 12, 2019

This is for Taylor from your grandma Jeanette I was so glad to be a part of your life my baby girl I was really happy when you was the first person I would let drive my car and you had the biggest smile on your face I would never forget that but I know you are with God now. We enjoy being together. I Love you your grandma Jeanette I going to miss you, Love

Kameron Brown

June 11, 2019

I remember when I moved back to finish my last year of high school I got to meet you outside of your mom's belly for the very first time. I can remember you so shy and sweet. And then your mom says say hi to Cousin Pete and I can remember your sweet voice say hi Cousin Pete. Ever since then I was Cousin Pete to you. I love you more than words can imagine the Earth has lost a beautiful soul but the heavens I've gained and even greater angel. And I'm honored for us to be cousins. I love you from Cousin Pete

Kery McCullough

June 11, 2019


Your beauty and your smile were unlike anything else in this world. Your heart was so big and I could see from the way you carried yourself you had class. You were a queen.

I will forever miss you. From this earth you left, but your love and spirit we will keep. We love you, angel. ❤

Dorothy Glover

June 11, 2019

I've probably known Taylor the shortest time; But in that short time her smile and laughter was contagious!!
I met Taylor at a family gathering where we ate, played games and laughed all night!!!!! she even sang a few bars (wow such a wonderful voice)!! And then later I actually got to hear you sing with your sister...It brought tears to my was great!!! Thank you for that

Words can't express who you are but I'm glad that I got to meet and share a memory with you!!!

Thank you!!

Kyanne Wilkerson

June 11, 2019

Taylor was a good kind big hearted person Always had a smile on your face we was so alike we would talk about everything and anything when we were having a bad day or going through a rough time we would just talk everyday to make each other feel better . You loved doing music it was like our passion when I was gonna come down to visit we was gonna do a song and turn up it breaks my heart your gone so soon I was just talking to you you would always tell me you wished I lived down there so we could spend time together I love you so much cousin

Auntie Ann Hall

June 10, 2019

The beautiful jewel of the family is gone but never from our hearts. Coming over to visit Taylor and family I gave her a family heirloom, that I had hoped she would wear and someday pass on one day, to her little jewel, a golden butterfly... The time I was honored to spend with her for a girl's visit, in Lake Chelan will forever stay in my heart.. We were all so anxious to do it again. She was the best part of loving, and kind a wonderful daughter, an awesome big sister, An aunties dream.. I would trade places with her if I could. So little girl, go rest high on that mountain, where no one can hurt you again, and until we meet again..