Patricia Ann TAYLOR
Pat passed away peacefully on October 26, 2023 after a short battle with cancer and on the day of her 66th wedding anniversary.
She was born at Thessalon, Ontario on September 3, 1939 to Martin and Margaret King, the youngest of 6 children. Her surviving siblings are Lyall (Val) King of Aurora and Arla Smith of Bruce Mines, Ontario.
Early in her life her father suffered a very serious injury at a livery when she was only of 4 years age. Her earliest memories were of being at her dad’s side in the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and died. After his passing, Pat and her siblings had to take on most of the household responsibilities while their mother found steady work as a cook on a great lakes ship and as a gravel truck driver to support the large family. The household chores were shared by all the siblings and Pat’s regular chores were housecleaning, washing dishes and ironing.
The family home had only a wood stove used for heat, heating water and cooking. Wood for the stove had to be cut, carried, split and stacked which was hard work for the youngsters. They often filled hot water bottles to take with them at bedtime to help them settle in their freezing cold beds. Their only sources of entertainment at home were listening to radio, card playing and other games around the yard. They baked bread, foraged for berries, fruit, and vegetables from their garden as their main sources of food. Much of the food had to be canned and preserved by Pat and her sisters. Many of the clothes and blankets (quilts) were made by the mom and daughters for family use.
As a student, she attained good grades and enjoyed physical activities (Gym). While attending high school she played team girls hockey as a right winger. Her skating skills were quite polished from the experience. As a teenager she was most often dressed in jeans, white sweatshirt, bobby socks and white saddle shoes. Although she did some dating, the girls were not allowed out for weeknight socializing. During the week they were allowed out in the yard but had to be in by dark. The rules only allowed socializing for weekends, choir practice and special events like dances. At the dances she would meet boys and sometimes she would be walked home by a nice boy which she greatly enjoyed.
After completing her grade school education in Thessalon, she ventured to Toronto to attend the Marvel School of Hairstyling and graduated into the trade. While there, she stayed with her oldest sister (Laurna) and husband (Nick) in Newmarket where she met her future husband Bob. They began dating and many of those dates were for skating where they could hold hands. She always said these were her most cherished romantic memories. They soon married at Thessalon (1957) when Pat was only 19.
A year later they had their first child (Steven) with the second (Darrell) coming a couple years later. A few years later around 1962, they decided to go west to Calgary where her other sister Arla and husband Henry had settled. Bob found steady work and Pat stayed at home to raise the children. After much moving around they decided to buy a home in Leduc (1972) and mostly settled there. They left Leduc for a time but returned in retirement where they remained there today.
As an excellent cook she could often be found in the kitchen preparing classic family favourites like, shortbread, corn fritters and potato donuts. As an experienced seamstress she made most of the clothing for her children in the early years. She loved to be called upon to cut or trim hair, especially for her beautiful great granddaughters.
Pat made good friends easily with many of those bonds formed and continued over many years. She was smart and her friends admired her honesty, kindness and diligence. She brought great joy to those lucky enough to know her.
She will be lovingly remembered by her devoted husband Bob, sons Steve and Darrell, loving grandchildren Candice (Ryan), Nicholas (Crystal) and adoring great grandchildren Kate and Emmie as well as numerous family members and many dear friends.
The family wishes to extend huge thanks to our close friends and family for their care and support during the last few months. A special thanks to St. Joseph’s Auxiliary for the tremendous compassion and care afforded to our Patsy.
Please note that per Pats wishes there will not be a service at this time, but the family may plan a memorial at a later date.