Jill, passed from this world during the evening of March 22, 2022. Born in Illinois, the daughter of Joseph and Kathleen Taylor, in August 1942, she grew up in many places – Illinois, Texas, Minnesota, Virginia – due to her father’s service in the federal government. As a child she inherited her father's love of words and writing and hoped to become a writer. In the early 1970’s she moved to England and married an Englishman, an event which once again supplied evidence in support of the saying about two great nations separated by a common language! Cattycorner and copacetic! Beaver and Belvoir! In the early years the family’s location was dictated by her husband’s service in the Royal Navy, but because of daughter Lisa’s education they settled in Plymouth, Devon for a number of years. Throughout these years she had written short stories but at this juncture it was agreed that she give up secretarial work and concentrate on writing. She found her niche. Over the following years she had over a hundred short stories read on the British Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio Four’s “Morning Story” program, where proper using her own name for one set of stories, a pseudonym for others. Jill also wrote short mystery stories which were published in various magazines.
In 1993 her husband retired from the Royal Navy, and she and he moved to Virginia, he as a resident alien! There, they both became eager volunteers for the Friends of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, helping to raise added funds for the library and its literacy promoting programs. It also fueled their joint love of books! In 1999, following her husband’s slightly earlier example, she too joined the local volunteer rescue squad and both of them qualified as emergency medical technicians. She was a very popular friend, a good, conscientious worker, ever ready to help others who needed care. “If someone needed medical help then maybe we could help them or get them to someone who can!” She continued to write short stories and even tried a novel or two!
In 1999 Jill’s volunteering with the Friends of the Library was curtailed and her time with the volunteer rescue squad curtailed. Even her desire to write was taken away by a medical condition which resulted in her becoming a paraplegic. She faced it bravely, but eventually she succumbed to her condition. She was a wonderful person, intelligent, kind, loving and popular, but able to make the appropriate decision when necessary. Those who knew and loved her actually lost her twice.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at the Century Room at Gordon Avenue Library in Charlottesville, 2pm-4pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the friends of the Jefferson Madison Regional library 1500 Gordon Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903.
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