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A memorial funeral service to pay tribute to Jessie Stewart (Florence) Taylor who passed away on June 14, 2009 was held at First United Church June 20, 2009, with Pastor Greg McKee officiating.
Jessie was born in Scotland on November 14, 1914. She moved to Sioux Lookout, Ontario with her mother, Jessie and siblings Mable, George (Doughie), Anne and Edie when she was six years old. Her father, Edward George had been working on the railroad gang as “cookie” as it made its way across Canada. He gambled and won his “fortune” (a house in Sioux) and sent for his family to join him to run the Ed Florence Bakery, that he had started. Jess and her mother, brother and sisters did just that. She remembered delivering baked goods by horse and buggy during her teen years.
Jess met and married Robert (Bob) Taylor (who had also emigrated from Scotland) in 1933 and their only child, Edwin George (Ted) was born in 1935. Bob, Jess and Ted lived in the north (Richan, Red Lake, Snake Falls and back to Sioux) for the next 15 years. They traveled by plane, dog sled, and boat as the roads in the north were nonexistent or merely trails in the bush. Jess always talked of these years as hard but the friendships she made were lifelong.
Jess, Bob and Ted moved to Dryden in 1950 and soon after that she started working at the St. Regis Bag Factory in the little cafeteria. Again she worked hard and made many new friends. During the next 50 plus years she was very active in the Dryden community. She was an avid curler and loved to boat and swim. She loved her Church and was a United Church Choir member for many, many years. She was an active member of the “Rebecca Lodge” for over fifty years and enjoyed the “Past Grand’s” meetings as long as she was able to attend.
Jess is most remembered as the lady from the candy store. When she was widowed at age 43, she took up a whole new career, and bought Milestone Grocery. Here, for the next 20 years, she touched and influenced the lives of many of Dryden’s youngsters. There are very few that grew up during those 20 years that don’t have a fond remembrance about Jessie and her store.
Jess lived the last number of years in a great deal of pain with little or no complaint. She courageously learned to walk without a hip and had a knee replacement in her 90s. She always had a smile and was most appreciative of the care she was given by her doctors and the staff at Patricia Gardens and then at Princess Court.
Jess was predeceased by her husband Bob in 1957 and her son Ted in 2004. She will be missed by her family and friends. Left to mourn are her daughter-in-law Irene; grandchildren Robert (Elizabeth) Taylor, Ron (Shawn) Taylor, Terri (Aaron) Sutherland; great grandchildren, Jamie and Jessie Taylor, Kadin and Koen Taylor and Jordin and Nicholas Parenteau. She will also be missed by her special friend Alice Allen and many nephews and nieces.
If friends so desire, donations may be made to DRHC CT Scan Fund or to the United Church Memorial Fund through Stevens Funeral Homes P.O. Box 412, Dryden ON P8N 2Z1. Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org subject: Taylor