Elizabeth Taylor, 95, daughter of the late Clinton and Elizabeth Howard, was born on November 21, 1928, in Long Branch, New Jersey. As a youth, Elizabeth resided on her family farm in Fair Haven, New Jersey, where she later married Raymond Taylor, Sr. also of Fair Haven.
Elizabeth Taylor, a cherished resident of Fair Haven, NJ, devoted over 40 years of her life to household service roles, leaving an enduring legacy of compassion and connection within her community. Her unwavering dedication touched the lives of countless families, forging deep bonds and friendships. It was during this time that she formed a profound connection with her dear friend, Sally Lou, both sharing the vibrant tapestry of life in Fair Haven. And let us not forget the time when Elizabeth and Sally Lou found themselves in Jamaica, where the famous actor Chevy Chase mistook her for the equally legendary Elizabeth Taylor, bringing a hearty laugh to everyone present.
Beyond her professional pursuits, Elizabeth exuded warmth, kindness, and a genuine devotion to those around her. Her home has long been a sanctuary for her loved ones and friends. Later, it would also be a familiar resting stop for the beloved pups and dogs of River Road, who eagerly awaited her generous treats and affection. Despite her petite stature, Elizabeth was known for her strong spirit and unwavering determination, earning her the endearing nickname "Dynamite Granny."
Elizabeth took immense joy in nurturing her relationships, especially with her cherished children and their families. Their stories and accomplishments were the heart of her conversations, woven into the fabric of her daily interactions with neighbors, friends, and newcomers alike.
Elizabeth's heart swelled with pride and joy in the presence of her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins, each one a precious source of happiness. Alongside her beloved husband Raymond, Elizabeth found solace and community in their steadfast membership at St. John's Episcopal Church in Little Silver, New Jersey.
Elizabeth and Raymond Taylor loved the small town of Fair Haven and looked forward to when everyone would gather each summer for the Fair Haven Firemen's Fair. Elizabeth, with her infectious spirit, loved to dance, especially to the soulful tunes of the legendary Barry White.
In honoring Elizabeth's extraordinary life, let us carry forward her legacy of compassion, love, and unwavering dedication to those around us. She will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.
She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers Herbert, Clinton, Rudolph, Porter, Whalen, Maurice, Winfield, and sisters Bessie, Jackie, Bella, Elsie, and Gladys.
Elizabeth leaves behind to cherish her memory: daughter Sandra Taylor of Fair Haven, NJ, mother of Elizabeth’s first grandchild, Gary R. Taylor of Maryland; daughter Jean Thomas and her husband Rodney W. Thomas of Neptune, NJ; son Raymond Taylor, Jr. and his wife Bernadette Connolly-Taylor of Pennsylvania; son Edward W. Taylor and his wife Sibyl Taylor of Missouri; son Ronald Taylor of Red Bank, NJ; son Marc Taylor and his wife Nina Lawrence Taylor of North Carolina; son Tracey Taylor and his wife Leslie Taylor of Long Branch, NJ; along with a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives, and dear friends.
Visitation will be held at Fisk Chapel AME Church, 38 Fisk St, Fair Haven, NJ 07704 on Thursday, February 8th from 10-11 am, with the funeral service to begin at 11 am. Burial will follow the service at Monmouth Memorial Park, Tinton Falls, NJ. Thompson Memorial Home of Red Bank, NJ has been entrusted with the arrangements.
The family wishes to thank friends and all who cared and shared during these moments of bereavement of our dear Elizabeth Taylor. May God forever bless you.