Eleanor Mae "Ellie" Taylor

Mom passed away peacefully at her home in Journey Club on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at the age of 84 with her family by her side.

She was born in Calgary on September 7, 1937 to parents Elmer and Nora Lausen. Mom was raised in Brooks, Alberta along with her sister Peggy.   Elmer was the Station Agent for the CPR and Nora was a teacher.   After grade school, Ellie attended the University of Alberta, Calgary, taking Education.  She taught in Ogden and at the one room schoolhouse still standing east of MacLeod Trail in Midnapore.

After a trip by ship to Europe with two best friends, she met and married the handsome Billy Taylor on December 19, 1959, then moved to the farm close to Carseland where the couple raised three children.  They moved from the farm to Strathmore in 2006.

Ellie was very involved in the community, volunteering her time in many ways.  She was a long-standing member of the Carseland Public Benefit Club, played the piano at the Dalemead Church for many years and served with several committees for the Calgary Stampede, including the Youth Talent Committee and as Chairperson of the Stampede Band Committee.

Ellie was creative, enjoying quilting, pottery, calligraphy, needlepoint and knitting.  She also enjoyed curling and golf over the years.

Mom and Dad also loved to travel and made many friends with trips overseas, the U.S. and our own great country. The family recreation home in Fairmont was also a place that great memories were made.

Above all, Mom loved her family. She is survived by her daughter Susan Eadie (Dwayne), son Bruce Taylor (Eugene) and daughter Nancy Kettenbach (Ray).  She is also survived by her granddaughters Kara Sallows (Brad) and Megan Finch (Scott) and her grandson, Riley Kettenbach and one great-granddaughter, Madelyn Sallows.

Ellie was predeceased by her parents Elmer and Nora Lausen, her beloved Bill and her sister, Peggy Brown.

We would like to thank her compassionate caregivers at the Journey Club in Westman Village who took such good care of Mom. She was special to all the people there and they were equally special to her.

Mom’s life will be celebrated at a private family gathering.  In lieu of flowers, for those who wish, donations may be made in Ellie’s memory to the Wheatland & Area Hospice Society,  https://www.wheatlandhospice.ca/donate or P.O. Box 2154 Strathmore, Alberta T1P 1K2 or to the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, https://hbi.ucalgary.ca/donate, specifically to Dementia and Cognitive Disorders.