Tanya Nicole Taylor-Winchester (1970 - 2017)

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Long time Alaska resident and respected educator Tanya Nicole Taylor-Winchester, 47, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family and friends on Sept. 29, 2017, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. A memorial service is planned for Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, at 6 p.m., at E.L. Bartlett High School (Bettie McDonald Auditorium):1101 Golden Bear Drive, Anchorage, AK 99504. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at First Baptist Church of Anchorage: 1100 West 10th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. Funeral service will follow at 12 p.m., with Pastor Michael A. Bunton officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service at Anchorage Memorial Park.
Tanya was born on Sept. 28, 1970, in Fort Hood, Texas, to Master Sgt. (Ret.) George and Addie Taylor. She accepted christ at a young age. She graduated from Bartlett High School in 1988. Tanya's desire to teach lead her to Grambling State University, where she earn a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1993. Her love of history motivated her to further her educated by earning her Master of Arts in History from Virginia State University in 1997.
Tanya's lifelong dream was to teach at Bartlett High School. This dream was fulfilled when she joined the Bartlett faculty and became a Golden Bear once again in 1998. Tanya's desire to expose students to college opportunities lead her to create the Nonprofit Organization Alaska Grambling Connection. From 2001-2012, this organization encouraged students to raise funds to go on a once in a lifetime trip to a bustling university campus. Tanya encouraged these students to complete scholarship folders, give back to Anchorage by way of community service, increase their faith by attending local church services and represent Alaska in the Grambling Upward Bound program.
Tanya married the love of life, Alfred Winchester, in 2013. She began her battle against breast cancer in 2016. Tanya fought with grace and strength for a year and shared her testimony with all that would listen. She was proud that her journey inspired others to fight bravely too.
Tanya was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; The Links Inc.; V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary #9978; Anchorage Library Board; and Greater Friendship Baptist Church.
Tanya is survived by her husband, Al Winchester and stepson AJ Winchester of Anchorage; her parents, Master Sgt. (Ret.) George and Addie Taylor of Anchorage; father-in-law, Dr. Marshall Winchester (Linda) of Southfield, Mich.; mother-in-law, Genvea Stelly (Harold) of Fairbanks, Alaska; sisters, June Taylor of Atlanta, Ga., Dionne Willis (Jeff) of Anchorage and LaToya Randle (Melvin) of Dallas, Texas; nephews, William and Trip; nieces, Victoria and Halee; and a host of family and friends that loved her unconditionally.
In lieu of flowers, monetary donations can made to the Tanya Nicole Taylor-Winchester Scholarship via the GoFundme Account or the Wells Fargo Account# 1063603300 that have both been set up in her honor.
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Kehl's Legacy Funeral Home
11621 Old Seward Highway
Anchorage, AK 99515
(907) 344-1497
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Oct. 4, 2017
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