Hilda May Gascoigne Traylor, age 86, of Colonial Heights, died at her home on Saturday, March 15, 2014.
Born and raised in Liverpool, England, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Mabel Gascoigne. She was the widow of John Mark Traylor, and was preceded in death by a son, John H. Traylor. She met U.S. Army Pvt. John M. Traylor during World War II and they married before he returned to the States. She came over to her new home in 1946 to be with her new family in Petersburg. She became a U.S. citizen a few years later but throughout her life always spoke of her love for her birth home of England. She was a retired employee of Signet Bank. Mrs. Traylor was a founding member of the Hopewell Branch of the Trans-Atlantic Brides and Parents Association (TPBA). She was a former den mother for Cub Scout Pack 160 in Colonial Heights and a member of St. Michael's Episcopal Church.
She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Melanie W. Traylor; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Ellen Traylor of Midlothian; three adorable grandchildren, Erin Jones (Chad) and Katie Harvell (Chad), all of Midlothian, and Ryan Traylor (Caroline) of West Hollywood, Calif.; three great-grandchildren, Ethan Harvell, Aiden and Ashton Jones.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 501 Old Town Drive, Colonial Heights, VA 23834, with the Rev. Canon Jim Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Southlawn Memorial Park, Prince George. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at the Colonial Heights Chapel of the E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes & Crematory, 2033 Boulevard. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael's Episcopal Church. Condolences may be registered at www.ealvinsmall.com