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In Loving Memory

Gwendolyn Helen "Gwen" McGrew Taylor

April 3, 1935 – April 26, 2020

Gwen Taylor, 85, passed away peacefully in her Friendswood home the morning of April 26, 2020.

Gwen was born on April 3, 1935 in North Chicago, Illinois to Lindsay McGrew and Charlotte Gajda McGrew.  She graduated from Waukegan Township High School in 1952. After high school graduation, she attended Lake Forest University where she earned the degree of Bachelor of Arts in English in 1956. Gwen received the Shield Honors and the Sigma ETA Award for Excellence. Additionally she was honored with the McPherson Prize in Foreign Language.  She was a member of Alpha Delta Pi and Student Congress.

On August 18, 1956 Gwen married William "Hal" Taylor; they moved to San Diego, California for Hal's job and started a family. In 1962 the family moved to Houston, Texas as Hal began his career with NASA.  The family; Hal, Gwen and their three daughters settled in Friendswood, Texas in 1964. Gwen was a faithful member of Mary Queen Catholic Church since 1965. She spent numerous hours volunteering at the church and was awarded a Lifetime Service Award in 2019.  You could find Gwen every Wednesday morning helping at the church food pantry.  Gwen had a passion for playing tennis, attending jazzercise classes, walking and going to the YMCA.  She enjoyed spending time with family and her many friends.

Gwen was preceded in death by her parents and her loving husband of 58 years, Hal Taylor.  She is  survived by her daughters: Dana Arp and husband Ronnie of Pearland, Texas; Karen Taylor of Houston, Texas; Terri Pyryt and husband Chris of Murphy, Texas;  loving sister Alexandra "Sandi" Nunn of San Diego, California; grandchildren, Sonja Harless and husband Ricky, Brandy Labban and husband Lawrence, Taylor Lawson and husband Kyle, Annie Pyryt and William Pyryt; great-grandchildren: Devon Garcia and Pete Perez; great-great granddaughter Dalilah Garcia; and many other relatives and cherished friends.

Gwen will be fondly remembered as a lady with a giving heart, a fun loving friend and a person devoted to her family and church.

A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, June 27th, 10:00am at Mary Queen Catholic Church in Friendswood.  Hal and Gwen's final resting place will be the Houston National Cemetery.

 In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Gwen's honor to  The Mary Queen Food Pantry 606 Cedarwood Drive Friendswood, Texas 77546 or Grace Hospice of Texas 2325 Timber Shadow Drive Suite B Kingwood, Texas 77339 or Lymphoma Society www.lls.org/texas-gulf-coast.

Condolences may be sent to the Taylor family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

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25 thoughts on “Gwendolyn Helen "Gwen" McGrew Taylor”

  1. Brad Stewart

    I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I have always admired your parents and remember their kindness and caring nature. May God grant you peace during this time.

  2. Karen keeping you and your family in prayer. I never met your mom but I can tell she was beautiful inside and out just like you.

  3. From Bluebirds, crafting into Camp Fire Girls, to being a role model and classroom Mom for all of us – Gwen Taylor's wide smile and generous activities will be fondly remembered. May the memories comfort you all in the rough times of missing her, wanting to talk to her again, and hug her just one more time. Love to you all –

  4. Andrea Beatty Leger

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep your family in my prayers during this difficult time.

  5. Ajanta and Raj Barua

    Will miss this beautiful, loving, elegant lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Karen and entire family.

  6. Dionisio Perez Sr

    Prayers to the family she's a wonderful woman will be missed glad she was in my son's life

  7. Kitten Brizendine

    When Heather and I moving to Friendswood in 1976, our new neighbors were Gwen, Hal and their lovely daughters. My Mom's middle name was Gwen and so is Heather's so that made the connection even sweeter. I have such fond memories of Terri coming over through the gate to cut Heather's hair and just hang out. They really made us feel that true "Friendswood warmth" and were truly a part of the beginning of knowing this was "home". Gwen was a treasure and remained a true friend. We will miss her. May all of God's comfort and strength be with Terri, Karen, Dana and their families .

    1. elaine chapman

      Gwen was such a caring and good friend to all. She was one of the first people I met in Friendswood at Friendswood Racket Club. We were mutual Notherners. She was a card sender and will miss her and the Bithday cards. I am so sorry.

  8. So sorry for your loss, she is a beautiful spirit of Earth and Heaven and her love will remain in our hearts for ever♥️🌈💫

  9. Caroline Roessler

    So sorry for your loss. Gwen was a substitute in our Bunko group for years and finally she joined us as a regular. I enjoyed her company and will miss the sweet person she was. I know you will be comforted with wonderful memories of her.

  10. Cheryl Bolen

    From the first time I met Gwen as a substitute in our bunko group several years ago, I was aware of her keen intelligence and friendly spirit. We'd also meet at the Y. She was so physically vibrant and mentally sharp. Our bunko group was happy and honored to welcome her into the group as a full-fledged member just this year–only to lose her suddenly. We loved Gwen and will miss her, and we're so sorry for you loss.

  11. Patty Snyder

    GWEN was a part of our "birthday group" of tennis players who got together for celebrations and camaraderie. She was always caring, empathetic, encouraging, prayerful and proactive. We loved getting her cards filled with love for every occasion. We are all missing sweet Gwen. We know that she is finally resting and is at peace with HAL. We'll always love you, Gwen.

  12. Gwen was one of those people who truly made a difference in this world. I had a lot of respect for Gwen and I will miss her sweet personality and the kindness she showed to all of us.

  13. I worked with Gwen at The City of Friendswood. She was always so sweet and loving. She took care to be helpful to our citizens, always having a sweet smile. She was a pleasure to know. Very saddened for your Family's loss. May she Rest In Peace.

  14. Gwen was a sub in our Bunko group and one of the sweetest people I'd had the pleasure of meeting. My heart was broken when I learned of her passing. Rest easy my sweet friend.

  15. Stephen Sharma & Samdaye Sharma

    Many regards to the Taylor Family,
    I hope your remembrance of the wonderful mother you had Karen and family.
    Bless everyone who had great memories of her life and work and dedication to outreach ministries.

  16. My condolences to Gwens family. . She was a dear sweet lady and I'm so saddened to hear of her passing. Gwen was always so friendly and giving to others! She truly had a servants heart and touched many lives. I had the pleasure of working along side her in the ministry of serving the homeless at the Loaves and Fishes . She will hold a special place in my heart. We have all been blessed to know her and will be missed her in the community.
    May she rest In Peace.

  17. Cathy Waldner

    I am so sorry to just now be hearing of Gwen's passing. We shared a love of tennis and had many fun times on the court as well as many memorable lunches. Even though we didn't see each other often, she never failed to send me a card on my birthday and at Christmas, which must have kept her really busy as she did the same for so many! She was truly one of the kindest and most thoughtful people I know and she will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to her family.

  18. I was so sad to hear of Gwen's passing. She will be missed by everyone she came into contact with. Always had a smile and a kind word for me every time I saw her.

  19. Mariella Gasparini

    Gwen was such a good friend and a much loved and admired lady! I loved working with her at the Food Pantry, I still cant believe that she is gone. She will be missed by all that knew her but it is comforting to know that she is now in the presence of God. We offer our sincere condolences to her family.

  20. Linda K. O'Brien

    Have know Gwen for 55 years and she was the kindest and wonderful friend you could ask for . Love playing tennis with her and our husbands worked many years together. She will be so missed.

  21. I knew Gwen through tennis and always enjoyed getting a card for my birthday and at Christmas. We shared lots of stories when we met for the monthly birthday meetings and annual Christmas parties throughout the years. My sincere condolences to her family.

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