Madline M. Taylor

Madline M. Taylor

7/9/2012 5:59:26 PM

On the 10th Day of December, 1932 on the island of New Providence, a bouncing baby girl was born to the proud parentage of Sybil Pratt and Cecil Kenneth Taylor now deceased. She was named Madline Marie Taylor. “Ma Taylor” as she was affectionately called was the first of eight children.

Madline received her early education at St. Francis Catholic School and Xavier College.  After graduating, she gained employment at the Hatchet Bay Plantation for 15 years. She later returned to Nassau where she began working as a cook at Longshoremen and Stevie Door Unions. Thereafter, she was employed as a domestic worker for Mr. Joseph Mills for many years. Her last employment was at the home of Mr. Sands, the proprietor of Bahamas Bus & Truck Company. She worked at the residence until she retired in 2008.

Madline was a strong-will, no-nonsense and an up-righted individual who spoke her mind. She had high standards and was a strong disciplinarian. As a single parent she was able to raise eight children on her own, three of whom were boys. Each of the boys can attest to how mama never allowed them to get away with anything.  The girls trembled at the thought that she might find out about some of their escapades and subject them to a wrath. The children were often grounded and learned quickly to orchestrate outing to ensure that they complied with Mama’s expectations.

“Ma Taylor” was known for her sweet hot cross buns especially during the Easter holiday and those light ‘n’ fluffy homemade bread on Saturday afternoons. You may enter her home empty handed, but when you leave you always left with something from the kitchen.

 Madline was a true follower of the Progressive Liberal Party where she was a Stalwart Councillor. She served under the leadership of  the Late Sir Clifford Darling. The Honorable Marvin Pinder and Melody Griffin

 During the year 2009 her health began to deteriorate, as a result, she left her residence in Jamaica Avenue, Elizabeth Estates and resided with her granddaughter, Former Senator Yvette Turnquest in Mount Vernon off the Eastern Road.

 At 9:15 a.m. on the 8th day of July 2012 after her usual morning prayer she made her way down the stairs for her early morning walk around the swimming pool and greeted her grand-daughter Yvette. Shorty afterward she made her way back into the house where she was found lying on the kitchen floor by her daughter Norma. Norma than shouted out Yvette come quick, mommy is on the floor. Yvette came quickly to the aid of her grandmother along with her son “Lil Peter”.  Yvette ask ‘Ma Taylor” if she was alright, she manage to say yea, Lord please take! Please take me now. Madline slowly begin to slip away, at that point her great grandson “Lil Peter” conducts CPR on her.  A glow and a pleasant smile appear on her face she was now absent from this world and present with her Lord.  Mama is resting peacefully in the arms of the Lord.

We love you, but God loves you best. Sleep on “Mama Taylor” and take your rest.

Left to cherish her memories are Five Daughters, Betty Rolle, Norma Duncombe, Caron Shirlene Williams, Julia Rolle and Shelia Clarke, Three Sons, Maxwell Dean, David Forbes, and Geno Taylor, Three Daughters-In-law, Margret Forbes, Natasha Taylor and Millie Dean, One Son-In-law, Joe Clarke, Two Sisters, Rose Gibson and Shirley Brown, One Brother, Robert Cecil Taylor, One Aunt, Iva Taylor, Twelve Granddaughters, Former Senator Yvette Turnquest, Marilyn Clarke, Shuvon Adderely, Lavenia, Andrea, Tameka Rolle, Stella Claire, Nora Taylor, , Zandrea Neely, Lonshanique Hamilton, Kishanel Clarke and Ragine Forbes, Twelve Grand Sons, Roni and Randy Duncombe, Dario Knowles, Rajiv Davian and Danaj Forbes, Kevin, Adrian and Glendino Dean, Orientis Smith, Geno Taylor Jr., and Neanaro Nicholls, Two Granddaughters-In-law, Melinda Duncombe, Lynette Mortimer,  Four Grandson-In-law, Peter Turnquest, Kendal Adderely, Stephen Bethel, and Clemet Neely, Sixteen Great Granddaughters, Philette Fernander, Shantel Clarke, Kendranique Adderely, Kailey and Katelyn Knowles, Robin Duncombe,Toni, Jenay, Alex Brianna, Nakeria, Mckila, Gabriel, Kristen, Lashay, and Deanna, Eighteen Great Grandsons, Peter Turnquest Jr, Stephen, Randy Jr., Randico, Sion, Shando, and Ryan Duncombe, Jeremy Adderely, Oriel Smith, Shamorie,Anotoine, Davonte, Tyre, Vincent, Zion, Neanaro Jr. Dino and Glendion Jr, Two Great Granddaughters-In-law, Tommasena Turnquest and Tommeka Webb, One Great Grandson Inlaw, Brian Fernander, Four Great Great Granddaughters, Petranique, Pakera, Vandrea, and Priya Turnquest, Five Great Great Grandsons, Brian Fernander Jr., Peter, Q’Shawn, Peter and Pri’on Turnquest, Eleven Nieces Talva Flowers, Christain Lightbourne, Denence Mackey, Kim Brown, Brenda, Ruth, Birthlyn, and Diane Knowles, Monifa, Sakinah, and Kelly, Eight Nephews Barry Flowers, Don Brice, Tyrone Dean, Kevin Brown, Elroy and Lynden Knowles, Kyle Taylor, Dwight and Dwayne Gibson, Other relatives and friends such as, the Taylor Family, Duncombe Family, Turnquest Family,  Forbes Family, Clarke Family, McKinney’s and Pratt’s Family, Pierre Alexus, Bertram and Michelle Pople, Betty Mackey, Rudy King, Ottonika McLounder, Ann Johnson, Alaine Neely, Helen Adderely, The Right Honorable Perry G. Christie, The Honorable Marvin Pinder, The Honorable Melanie Griffin, The Progressive Liberal Party Stalwart Councillor, the community of Elizabeth Estates, Jamaica Ave, the Glass Bottom Ferry Boat Association and other family and friends too numerous to mention.


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