Betty Taylor entered into her Heavenly eternal life just a few hours before her sixty seventh wedding anniversary on Wednesday. She was born in Welsh, West Virginia to Salvation Army Officers, Claude Raymond and Barbara Burns McDilda.
The three of them pioneered and grew Salvation Army units in various cities and towns. In 1947 she married William Lewis Taylor in Wilson, NC and started her family as a GI bill Wife at NC State College in Raleigh. In 1952 Bill and brother, Charlie bought a landscaping business and the two families developed that into Four Seasons Garden Center where Betty was floral designer and famous for the red velvet bows she custom tied during the Christmas season.
Betty was an avid Church worker, choir member and soloist and a blessing to lots of people. Since 1985 she cherished her ministry of placing God’s Word as a member of The Gideons International Auxiliary in Raleigh East Camp.
Betty was predeceased by her parents, a half-brother, Kenneth McDilda of Raleigh, foster sister Ethel Henilius of Virginia Beach, VA. She is survived by her husband, Bill of Knightdale, daughters Lynn Joyner (Jack) of Clayton, Pam Carroll (Bobby) of Wendell, half-brothers Michael McDilda of South Hill, VA, Ronald McDilda of Emporia, VA, grandchildren, Renee Joy, Amy Cookman, Brad Carroll, 4 great-grandchildren, and special shopping buddy Carol Williams.
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A memorial service to celebrate Betty’s life will be held at 4:00 pm, Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at Radiant Church (formerly Raleigh Christian Community), 7000 Destiny Drive, Raleigh, NC 27604. The family will receive relatives and friends prior to the service from 3:00 to 4:00 pm at the church.
Condolences to the family may be sent to poolefuneral.com under Obituaries.