The family of Colleen Taylor, age 58 years, of Bears Pass announces her passing on Friday, September, 4, 2009 at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Centre in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Colleen was born June 18, 1951 in Fort Frances, Ontario to the late David and Evora Crowe.
Colleen was a woman that wore many hats. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother of four children and grandmother of twelve.
Colleen was the person behind the scenes that kept the hobby farm, line construction business and tourist camp running smoothly and looking beautiful. A renovator, interior decorator, drywall finisher, fashion consultant and gardener.
People gravitated to Colleen and her tender sweet spirit. She was gentle and loving, and had incredible faith. She was a blessing herself, just as she felt blessed by those around her.
She was a good friend, and a life coach to her children and sisters. Colleen tried to be there for everyone, no matter how great or small the need. She was there to support and encourage by phone when not available in person.
 Colleen was a very talented and humble Artist who loved to Paint. With her paintings, she loved to encourage others with her inspiring scenes and portraits. Her favorite subject choice was to paint the ones she loved. The grandchildren appreciated her talents on canvas and the paintings she leaves behind will be a part of her legacy.
Never giving up has given those who loved her a high standard to live up to as she did so much with very little and produced so much… “No Quitters Allowed” and perseverance are good words to describe Colleen. She touched the lives of so many.
Her strength was her faith in God and the love of her life “Ed”, her devoted husband, best friend and partner. Colleen’s character and strength live on in her children and grandchildren . . . time will tell her story in generations to come.
She was predeceased by her sister Freda Kearney and infant sister Carol-Lynne Crowe; niece Billy-Jean McKee; and nephew Michael Kearney.
Colleen leaves behind to mourn her husband, Ed Taylor of Bears Pass; four children, Ron Taylor and wife Kristen of Fort Frances, ON., Carrie and husband Michael Andrusco of Cochrane, AB., Candice and husband Tony Kadikoff of Fort Frances, ON., and Cherie and husband David Serrano of International Falls, MN.; and twelve grandchildren (Mackenzie Taylor, Michael, John and Grace Andrusco, Tyson, Aaron, Zach, Journey, Sam and Valley Somerset Kadikoff, and Edward and William Serrano.
She is also survived by three sisters, Bonnie and husband Lawrence Simmons of Fort Frances, ON., Karen and husband Bob McTavish of Devlin, ON., and Jenny and husband Glenn Bodnar of Winnipeg, MB., and two brothers, David Crowe and wife Elaine of Fort Frances, ON., and Allan Morrisseau and wife Mary of International Falls, MN., and by brother-in-law Mike Kearney of Emo, ON., and by numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service to celebrate Colleen’s life will be held on Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 1 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, Ontario with Pastor Gary Crowe officiating.
Honourary pallbearers will be Colleen’s grandchildren.
Should family and friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Arthritis Society, 393 University Ave., Suite 1700, Toronto, ON., M5G 1E6, or to the charity of your own choice in care of Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, ON., P9A 3M8.
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