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January 9, 1964 - August 26, 2018
Julia Grace Taylor nee Boyden
January 9, 1964 – August 26, 2018
“Life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death only a horizon; and the horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.”
–Rossiter Worthington Raymond
Julia Grace Taylor died peacefully in the loving arms of her husband Tom and their two sons Thomas and Nicholas the evening of Sunday August 26, 2018. She was 54. Ask those lucky enough to have heard Julia’s laugh about how it burst so free and contagious from the very core of her. Julia, it echoes now in the ears of the countless ones who walked through your door, friend and stranger alike. You never refused anyone a seat at your family’s table as you listened, your amber eyes twinkling, your smile bright, always offering your heart’s response. Tom, Thomas, and Nicholas will wake every morning for the rest of their lives to the sound of that beautiful laughter like the whisper or the roar of waves on a Georgian Bay horizon.
Julia is survived by her loving mother Blanche Boyden, who gave Julia her middle name Grace. Only a mother’s perception allows her to name a child so perfectly, and only a mother’s deep faith can allow her to grieve so painfully what no parent ever should. Julia’s father, Raymond Wilfrid Boyden, D.S.O., MD, CD, lifts his beloved blonde–haired daughter into his strong arms to rest her in his lap, Julia’s perfect baby Noah waiting happy for her there, too, filled strong with his grandfather’s stories. Each day’s horizon, Mom, is your daughter’s glow.
Julia joins her beloved Uncle Robbie, but leaves her deeply grieving siblings Bruce, Mary, Veronica, Suzanne, Joseph, Francis, and Raymond, and her dear half-sisters Theresa, Claire, and Angela (RIP). While we grieve hard your death, dearest sister, each of us will always know to glimpse your smile in the kindness of others. We will live to celebrate your shining generosity every day.
Julia leaves so many nieces, nephews, godchildren and her beautiful future daughter-in-law to live forward Aunt Julia’s most important life wisdom. She showed all of you, and all of us this: when you are surrounded by as much as you can possibly need, never build a higher wall. Instead always build a longer table.
Your family gathers by a warm fire on the shore to celebrate you, dear wife, mother, daughter, sister, and aunt, our arms around one another as we stare across the shining water to get a glimpse of you again.
Visitation will be held at ADAMS FUNERAL HOME (445 St. Vincent Street, Barrie) on Friday, August 31, 2018 from 2-4 & 6-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 10 o’clock a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 65 Amelia Street, Barrie, ON. Interment will occur at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. A reception will follow the interment at Adams Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Diabetes Canada or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.