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Tanya S. Taylor

February 28, 1968March 30, 2021
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Tanya Smith Taylor, age 53, passed away peacefully in her home on March 30th, 2021 following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born in Stuttgart, Germany on February 28, 1968 and was raised in Tallahassee, Florida.

Tanya was a beautiful, creative, and kind soul. She was empathetic and compassionate, yet still managed to be strong and determined. She was diagnosed with lupus early on in her adulthood and despite all of the struggles and challenges she faced due to such a horrific and incurable disease she persevered. Her kindness and strength never wavered, even in the face of insurmountable obstacles. She remained a dedicated wife, an amazingly caring provider to her children, and loving daughter. She was never afraid to follow her passions, and stand up for what she believes in. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Alan Taylor, with whom she will now be reunited. She is survived by her mother, Sherrie Ferrell, and father, David Ferrell, as well as her daughter, Andrea Smith, and son Joshua Taylor.

She will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends she leaves behind.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Big Bend Hospice or your favorite charities.

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 9 at 10:00 am at Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home, 700 Timberlane Rd. A graveside service will be held on Friday, April 9 at 11:00 am at Culley's MeadowWood Memorial Park with a reception to follow.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, April 9, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, April 9, 2021

  • Catered Reception Following Committal Service

    Friday, April 9, 2021

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Andrea Smith

April 8, 2021


It’s hard to believe she’s actually gone.

When I feel trapped by the feelings of grief I look back on my childhood and I’m overwhelmed by happy memories.

My mother was fiercely protective, while being unconditionally forgiving and understanding. She shielded me from the hate and ugliness of the world, while being honest, open, and trusting. She provided for my brother and I even after tragically becoming a single mother, and even after being diagnosed with a nearly debilitating disease. In spite of these seemingly insurmountable obstacles we never went without.
Regardless of what we believe happens in the after life, I find solace in the ending of her suffering. She has been reunited with the love of her life and no longer has to worry about the inevitable pains and disappointments of life. I know that I can bear the pain of her loss because she no longer has to bear any pain at all.

I see her in myself more strongly than ever. I’m forever grateful to her for teaching me to love and care for everyone regardless of their background. She taught us the golden rule early on in life: Treat others the way you wish to be treated. This has been my ever guiding principle. I know she is proud of the woman I have become and I will continue to try my best to make her proud.

“My mom is a never ending song in my heart of comfort, happiness, and being. I may sometimes forget the words but I always remember the tune.” -Gracie Harmon

Brian Smith

April 3, 2021

Tanya and I met at Leon High School. We were young and in love. Soon After high school we got married, and five years later Andrea Lore Smith arrived.

She was kind, sensative, smart, funny, and so much more. Her smile was medicinal.

She loves her children dearly, and you would know it when you see her face when she talked about them.

Josh ... Andrea... she loves you both, BIG TIME!! If or when you have kids one day, this will be a Wow moment in your life as you will experience love for a child you help create or give birth too. It is then that you know the love she has for you. This is the moment I realized what true love is..

Tanya, you will never be forgotten! You are forever in our hearts!!








Hannelore Henderson

April 3, 2021

Tanya, was the mother of my granddaughter Andrea. I am so grateful that she came into our lives more then 30 years ago. Tanya was beautiful, kind and very smart. We are going to miss her a lot but we are also so very thankful that she no longer has to suffer. I will keep her in my prayers always.
Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unheard but always near still loved still missed and very dear.

Love you Tanya,
Grandma Hanna

Julia Clark

April 2, 2021

Tanya always is so sweet and smiled with us every Thanksgiving dinner with our relatives at our place. We surely missed her and love her. Let’s Tanya in a peaceful with no more illness or suffer. Now she rest in a beautiful peaceful and go up to her new home with the Lord.
We will always remember her. Please accept our deepest sympathy from our love. Julia and Charles Clark

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