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Giffen-Mack Funeral Home & Cremation Centre

2570 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON

OBITUARY

Elizabeth Martin Taylor

October 5, 1928September 7, 2019

Elizabeth Martin Taylor was born on October 5, 1928 and passed away on September 7, 2019.

Services

19 September

Memorial Visitation

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Giffen-Mack Funeral Home & Cremation Centre

2570 Danforth Ave
Toronto, ON M4C1L3

19 September

Memorial Service

12:00 pm

Giffen-Mack Funeral Home & Cremation Centre

Peter Giffen Memorial Chapel

2570 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, ON M4C 1L3

Memories

Elizabeth Martin Taylor

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Fiona Ashenden (Payne)

September 18, 2019

Dear Auntie Betty,
Though I only met you a couple of times you have my love and respect for being such a good sister to my mum Annie.
You were there for her through her hard and sad times and shared her happy experiences when you invited her over to your home. I will never forget how uplifted she was when she returned from her visits. I will always remember you for this.
Rest in Peace

Janis Mcgrath

September 18, 2019

Dearest Aunty Betty, Graeme and I were sad to hear of your passing. We can't thank you enough for making us feel so very welcome when we came to visit while on holiday in Canada. Aunty Betty you still had your Scottish sense of humour and we had a great laugh. My dad loved you very much as he did Aunty Annie and Uncle Alex and now you are all at peace together. Lots of love from Janis, Graeme, Cameron and Martin xxxx

Danny McBride

September 17, 2019

For the last few years, our family has been incredibly fortunate to have my Mother's amazing sister Elizabeth Taylor (Aunty Betty) in our lives. When they were young children during the Second World War back in Glasgow, Scotland their mother died and Betty became caregiver to her younger siblings.
In 1957 when our mother was planning on traveling on a passenger ship with my infant sister Lorraine to meet up with my father and start a new life in Canada, Betty insisted on accompanying them. On arriving in Toronto, Betty also decided to remain in Canada.
On Saturday September 7th, we had the incredible privilege of paying back some of her kindness and holding her hands as she passed on to the next realm at the fine age of 90.
Although we were never able sufficiently pay her back for the lifetime of sacrifice and caring she has given our family, we are confident that in her final days, she knew that she was loved and appreciated.
Special thanks from our family to Sherine Smith and her amazing team of caregivers at Ballycliffe Retirement Residence in Ajax and at Parkway Place Retirement Residence in Pickering who went above and beyond expectations in providing loving care for our aunt.
Aunty Betty's dear friend Coletta Huber-Haines also must be acknowledged for her love and dedication to our aunt. Every day on her way home from work, Coletta called to chat with Betty. During her regular visits at Parkway Place, Coletta commandeered the Beauty Salon and kept Aunty Betty's hair coloured, cut and styled.
Betty will be missed by all of us including her friends and neighbours
in her former neighborhood at Main and Danforth in Toronto.
Until we meet again...

Kristiina Mcbride

September 17, 2019

Some of my favourite memories of you will always be how happy you made the kids. Playing and singing with them. You were such a bright light in our lives. Lyla always loved her visits with her Great Great Aunty Betty. I loved listening to your stories about our family and listening to you sing old Scottish songs to the kids. It was a nice reminder of my grandpa as well, singing those songs to me as a child. You were always so positive, nurturing and happy. Thank you for the good times and wonderful memories Aunty Betty. Love and miss you so much!! Forever in our hearts RIP

Eileen Crook

September 16, 2019

Dearest Aunty Betty although we lived so far away you were always close to us through the memories mum told us of the early years in Glasgow and her trips to Canada and other holidays and how close you are as a family and we continue that tradition. Hope you are ha ving a great party now you are together again much love and respect RIPxxx

Alison McBride

September 15, 2019

Dearest Aunty Betty,
I feel so honoured to have been able to accompany you during your last hours in this world. You lived a very long life and touched so many people in such a gentle and kind way. Since you lived so long many of those who were your friends and loved you dearly have already passed so they can’t say “Goodbye”. But they are fortunate now to be able to say “Hello”. No doubt you’ll be met by your loving family members - parents and siblings - as well as our father Danny and sister Lorraine. What a welcome party you will have!!
I want to thank you for the selflessness you showed so early in life when at the tender age of 11 you were forced by circumstances to become a mother figure to our mother, May, as well as Alex and Anne. And I’d also like to thank you for returning to that role more than 75 years later when you joined May in a retirement community. Our mother has dementia and once again you became her mother - doing her hair, helping her to dress, making sure she had her wee cups of tea and feeding her just a few too many cookies !! You still saw her as your Wee May and it melted my heart to visit both of you and see that loving relationship. The two of you would spontaneously burst into a precious rendition of “I love a sausage, a bonnie, bonnie sausage ...“
I also want to thank you for being our family’s memory keeper. Even at 90 you were sharp enough to give us cherished details about our family tree- who was who, dates, names, places... what a great accomplishment to be able to live so long, fill do many people’s hearts with happiness and still stay sweet and humble.
Though it sounds right to say “I’ll miss you”; I won’t. Because you are such an integral part of the fabric of our lives I feel your essence with me now as I write these words and know that it will always be that way.
I love you Elizabeth, my sweet Aunt

Teresa Entwistle

September 14, 2019

Dear Aunty Betty . Although we lived so far apart, you were always so close to us here in Lancashire , England. My Mum Ann and your brothers Bill and Alex in Glasgow and your Sister May were always close , despite being far apart. Of course you also had plenty happy shared visits with your UK family and the 100’s of photos I have from my Mum , is testimony to that ! You and Aunty May and Canadian loved ones gave my Mum a reason to live after my Dad died in 1985 by inviting her over and I will love you all forever for that . A family, whether near or far, is THE most precious commodity of all . For this reason and many others and if not at least because you were the most selfless, loving, beautiful lady, inside and out , I was so lucky and privileged to be visiting you and our family when you suddenly decided you were ready to go and meet your parents and siblings again. The last chat we had in your last hours involved you asking if I was having a good trip , asking about my Sons and Sisters. Selfless. I didn’t want you to go but you felt ready and that was your prerogative. You knew you were loved and cared for by so many people and I’m glad your passing was so peaceful . And that’s all that matters . RIP Aunty Betty. I love you . Teresa x

Dani Romero

September 14, 2019

Betty was always such a positive and giving person — She never asked for anything, and always made sure that everyone around her was happy.

I’ll always remember her singing Scottish ballads at the Christmas table with her arm around my grandma May: they never missed a beat!

Seeing the love they have for each other will always be a memory I cherish;
A love I aspire to always have with my own siblings;
A love that brought joy to everyone around her;
A love that came so naturally to her;
A love that our family members will always remember as Auntie Betty’s true essence.

I would like to recognize Betty’s strength and perseverance, for at a very young age Betty took care of her siblings, raising them to be successful adults, who later had families and children of their own. We owe so much of our family’s success and growth to her.

I’m so grateful to have met her: a strong and beautiful woman who always put everyone’s needs before her own, always with a big smile on her face.

We love you and will miss you so much Auntie Betty; thank you for all the love that you gave...

Sheila Munro

September 13, 2019

Elizabeth will be remembered fondly by me and my daughter Tara. She loved hosting little dinner parties for us and sharing her Scottish themed songs which my daughter still sings today almost 30 yrs later.
RIP Ms Taylor and sincere condolences to James, Margaret and April along with their families.

Sincerely,
Sheila Munro

KRIS MCBRIDE

September 13, 2019

My fondest memories of Aunty Betty are her and her sister May McBride at our family Christmas dinner singing together.
She was a very kind and caring person and I will miss her very much.

My condolences to her children.
Kris McBride.

FROM THE FAMILY