|“There’s an open gate
At the end of the road
Through which each must go alone
And there in a light we cannot see
Our Father claims His own;…”
Evelyn M. Taylor, along with her husband, the late Robert S. Taylor, devoted her life in service to Jesus Christ through the United Methodist Church. She began life in Alexandria, Louisiana, the daughter of the late Frank Brown and Esther D. Johnson Brown in Woodworth, Louisiana. All of her elementary and secondary education took place in Alexandria.
Following her marriage to Brother Robert S. Taylor, she stood by his side as he pas-tored from one end of the state of Louisiana to the other; starting in Spring Creek, Warren, Lake Charles to his retirement in 1973. Mrs. Taylor was an active participant in the Ministerial Wives body of Conference B and A and the United Methodist Women of the Louisiana Annual Confer-ence until failing health prevented her from doing so. She took pride in saying that during Brother Taylor’s more than 45 years of active ministry in the Louisiana Annual Conference, they “never missed” answering the opening session roll call.
Following Reverend Taylor’s retirement and a brief stay in Alexandria, Louisiana, Evenly and Brother Taylor moved to New Orleans, Louisiana to be with their only daughter Margaret T. Norris and united with First Street United Methodist Church. He was appointed an associate pastor with your truly, and both remained faithful souls until God decided both needed rest. So God closed Robert S. Taylor’s eyes on March 26, 1992 and called this beloved lady to come and be with her beloved on August 1, 1998.
To the faithful dead of years gone and those yet to die, the poet comforts us with these words:
“Beyond the gate your loved one
Finds happiness and rest
And there is comfort
In the thought
That a loving God knows best.”