Obituary: Mrs Brenda Ann Taylor

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Mrs Brenda Ann Taylor has died in Bristol Royal Infirmary. She was 67.

Born in Sleaford on March 29, 1947, and raised in Aisby, she was the daughter of Beatrice Smith and the late Arthur Smith. The family moved to Oasby in 1965.

On December 29, 1971, she married Graham Ronald Taylor. Their son, Hayden Kingsley, was born on January 29, 1981.

She attended Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School, where she was a member of Bronte House and was appointed a school prefect and games secretary. She excelled academically and attended Liverpool University, obtaining a degree in architecture and receiving the Ravenhead Travelling Scholarship.

She moved with her husband to Bristol, where she enjoyed a successful career in architecture, with the Alec French Partnership and later in practice with Graham, also an architect. Mrs Taylor was formally chartered as an architect on April 9, 1980.

Mrs Taylor was a talented artist with a particular skill in pen-and-ink sketching. She also enjoyed photography, painting, theatre, and travel, particularly throughout Scandinavia and in Germany. She won the 1971 Daily Express-organised garden design competition at the Chelsea Flower Show.

The funeral service was held at St Michael and All Angels Church in Heydour, conducted by B. E. N. Lyte. Burial followed in Heydour churchyard.

Family mourners included: Dr Hayden Taylor, Mrs Beatrice Smith.

Other than the immediate family, mourners included: Graham Mackinder, Christine Hackett, Anne Wilson, Sue Robinson, Nikki Grant, Jo Sharpe, Mike Lovelee, Linda Whatton, Denis Selby, Pat Watson, Stuart and Val Whatton, Mr and Mrs M. Bromige, Ron and Eileen Harris, Mr and Mrs Dench, Betty Baxter, Mr and Mrs R. Jones, Shirley Johnson, Jean and Dick Freeman, Joan Parker, Eileen Whatton, Frank Blinkhorn, Sally Johnson, Margaret Lee, Jim Blackburn, Mrs B. Blackburn, Mary MacDonald, Mrs King and Patricia Finney, Mrs Finney, Pat Izzard and Bob, Josephine Soper, Joe Turner, Mrs P. Southerington, Mr and Mrs Jesson, Anthony Blinkhorn, Steve Staff, Mike and Pippa Kennedy, Angela Longland, Debbie Callaghan, and Pauline and David Roe.

Funeral arrangements were by Robert Holland, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham.

Donations for Cancer Research UK and for the Bristol Royal Infirmary “Above and Beyond” fund are being received by the funeral director.