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Gwendolyn Taylor Malvaney was born on July 19, 1927, to Shad and Eula Mae Taylor in Tylertown, MS. Gwen entered the final phase of her Eternal Life on April 11, 2012, at Biloxi Community Living Center in Biloxi, where she had been a resident for 3 years, after living at Ridgeland Pointe for a number of years. The cause of death was complications of dementia.
Gwen loved and enjoyed life immensely. Her favorite pursuits were antiques and junktiques, and she collected them all with a non-discriminating eye as to what was valuable in collections and as to what she thought was wonderful and worthy. Many an item that others may have discarded, Gwen collected and treasured. Her home was an amazing collection of items; most noteworthy were the various dinnerware collections, the demitasse cups and teapots, and the cookie jars. Gwen also loved the Lord very dearly, and she lived her life serving her God to the best of her heart and ability. Many a person was blessed by her warm heart and generous spirit. Her love of God, life, and the Lord's family, along with her own, was a beacon of light that glowed brightly, dimmed only by the shadows of dementia.
Gwen was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Hollis, John, & Walter, and sister Audrey. She leaves behind her husband of 64 years, Louis Malvaney and her children, Lucienne of Biloxi, Sam of the French Quarter, Corinne of Appomattox, VA, George of Edwards, and Christoph of Worcester, MA. She also leaves behind her sister Sybil and brother Wendell, 7 grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
Her cremains will be interred in one of her cherished cookie jars in the Taylor family plot in Tylertown, with simple graveside services, on Saturday, April 28th, 2012, at 1 pm. A memorial celebration of Gwen's life will be held in Jackson during the Memorial Day weekend, on a date and location to be announced later. For both of these occasions, we invite everyone to please come wearing colorful hats, scarves, and clothing, and be ready to celebrate the life of a truly one of a kind remarkable woman.
Published in Clarion Ledger on Apr. 18, 2012