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Giving Students the World
As a native of Sierra Leone who came to the United States to further her own education, Hilda Taylor believed in exposing her urban elementary school students to a world beyond Washington.

Her success in achieving that goal led Mrs. Taylor to accompany one pupil, Bernard Brown II, on Flight 77 on a field trip to California sponsored by the National Geographic Society. While in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, the group of was to hike, kayak and work with marine biologists to study oceanic life.

Mrs. Taylor, 58, who taught sixth grade at Madeleine V. Leckie Elementary School, was an avid participant in the society's alliance with schools to promote geography.

"She was very enthusiastic, very dedicated," said Denise Sessoms, the assistant principal. "She was always seeking new and creative learning experiences for her students. Parents looked forward to having their children in her room."

A mother of three, Mrs. Taylor lived in Forestville, Md., and was known for preparing dishes from Sierra Leone for friends.

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Published in The State Journal-Register on Sep. 13, 2001.
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September 11, 2020
i bet she's a great teacher who loved her students. rest in peace.
Andy Graves
June 17, 2020
Since 2002 I have donated books in her memory to familes ,schools,shelters. Never met...I'm my thoughts and remembrance prayers.
Carolyn Garner
Acquaintance
April 21, 2020
Aunt Hilda Taylor...After so many years wondering where have you been, I found out from my primary School Teacher Mr. Moiforay in Maryland that, you was one of the passenger in flight 77 which was a devastated news on September 11, 2001, I remembered back in Lumley Village in Freetown, during my teenager days, I used to polish your Mother Porch, and I got along with two of your younger sons whom I used to go with in the bushes every Weekend to finds and cut woods brought them to your Mother to cook..Your mother was very closed to me..Those were the good old days,.,,Please you are greatly missed,,,you was also a Teacher in Freetown..continue to rest in eternal Peace Perfect peace
Jonathan Dowu Marsh
April 21, 2020
Aunt Hilda, I remembered back in Lumley Sierra Leone, I used to polishing your mother Mrs, Taylor porch every weekend and got along with your two handsome sons to fetch foods from the bushes every weekends, Since I came to America I was never aware that, you were one of the passenger in flight 77, Until I got words from My primary School Teacher in MD that you were in that flight, I tried to located your memorial messages to located your Daughter and two sons in Freetown, But I was unable to, I just found your Obituary last night,,You was also a School Teach in Freetown, I admired you very well, I am sadden to have heard the devastated on Sept 11, 2001, May your soul test in eternal peace heavenly Peace..
Jonathan Dowu Marsh
February 10, 2020
Sending our deep sympathy to your family. Mrs. Taylor is still very sadly missed. Each day may God give the help needed to cope.
The Kindred Family
August 7, 2018
The best teacher I ever had, you will always be remembered
Alphonza Cofield
November 23, 2015
Some of the most influential people in my life are the great teachers I had in life, especially in the elementary years. It is a tragedy when the world loses such a great leader, and the double loss of a precious young boy being with her at the time. I pray today for all of Hilda's family, co-workers, and friends. I know for sure that her legacy is being carried forward by the many lives she touched whether as a teacher, Mother, neighbor or friend. My heart and prayers are with all of you today, in this season of Thanksgiving. I am thankful for Hilda, and yet saddened by her loss. Much love from Texas,
Del Newberry
September 11, 2013
Always remembered.
September 11, 2013
Hilda will be in our hearts always. I have such fond memories of studying volcanoes in Hawaii with her. A truly great educator and friend!
December 19, 2012
To The Family,
I did not know Ms. Hilda E. Taylor, but in reading the obituary one can clearly understand that she was a giving and caring person. I am so sorry for your loss and I would like to offer my deepest sympathy to you.

Sincerely,
Mr. Terry of NC
September 11, 2012
You will be in me and my sons heart forever. We loved you but GOD loved you best.
Rawls Family
September 11, 2012
Greatful to have know an Angel like you.
I remember being in your class with Nyeshia and Dionne just having the time of our lives. I couldnt wait to get to your class you made learning so real and fun. I remember after your visit back home in africa. You brought the class back some kind of sweet tree for us to taste. You cut that tree bark like a pro.It was so good! I would have always remembered you, even if 9/11 didnt happen. I would have made my way to Leckie, because I know you would have been still teachering, it your passion. I know you touched ever one of our lives. None of that 6 grade class of 1996 will forget you. You pushed us all to be our best. I love you and miss you Ms. Taylor!!! You will be forever in my heart. I guess you finally got to meet my grandmother that I alway talked. She's a lot like you, Ha? Give her a hug for me. Rest Forever In Peace
India Pittman-Barrett
September 11, 2012
Always remember.
September 12, 2011
I really wish I could have gotten to meet you. I would have loved exploring the Channel Islands with you, watching the wonder and excitement on our students' faces. You dedicated your life to serving children and you died in that service. I will never forget you. You will always inspire me to be a better person. My heart goes out to your children and I hope they take comfort in knowing so many people respect you and draw strength from your memory.
Kristin Majda
September 9, 2011
Dear Hilda,

You and your family are always in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for dedicating your life to education. You are an inspiration.
Aimee Bolash
September 7, 2011
Hilda you're always on my mind and FOREVER IN MY HEART!!!
Bernadette Jones
September 10, 2010
For the Family and Friends: "Rejoice in the hope. Endure under tribulation. Perservere in prayer."-Romans 12:12
D. O'Connor
August 31, 2010
To Angel Hilda. I continue to pray for your family and friends. Memories are priceless and love is eternal. with that I have nothing but love for Hilda and may God continue to provide strength to the family and friends of this exceptional woman who gave her life to make a better way for the children. Hilda you are always on my mind and FOREVER IN MY HEART!!
Bernadette Jones
December 19, 2009
May we never forget. God bless those that passed and those that were left behind.
Dave Richards
September 11, 2009
Ms.Taylor, today my heart aches for you .I still remeber the last conversation and big hug you gave me when we last saw eachother,thank you for believing in me.I miss u dearly :(
KIM WILSON
September 11, 2009
Today in school I was given a ribbon with Hilda E. Taylor's name on it. I am very honored to be wearing and representing her name. I would like to give my condolence to the family and friends of Mrs. Taylor.I send you my love.
Taylor Nelson
September 11, 2009
On this day 8 year ago we needlessly lost Hilda Taylor when Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon. With every thought of her I am angered and saddened to know she was tragically taken away from all of us her knew and loved her. She is physically gone but her loving, kind and compassionate spirit still lives on. Thankfully time eases the pain but graciously does not erase the loving memories. Your light has dimed Mrs. Taylor but still shines. I miss you dearly!
Monika Cox-Young
September 8, 2009
To the family of Hilda E. Taylor:
Hilda gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. My deepest sympathy to you. We must never forget!
Peggy Childers
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Peggy Childers
March 21, 2009
Always on my mind and forever in my heart!!!
Bernadette Jones
October 23, 2008
As I cross-stitched your name on the memorial that I am doing for all of the victims, I prayed for you and your family. Please know that your death was not in vain. We will always remember. God Bless.
kristine
September 12, 2008
It's rainin' but there ain't a cloud in the sky
Musta been a tear from your eye
Everything'll be okay
Funny thought I felt a sweet summer breeze
Musta been you sighin' so deep
Don't worry we're gonna find a way

Remembering what we cannot forget:
September 11, 2001
Inner City Sports Little League
September 12, 2008
you are always in my memory and heart :)
kim wilson
September 11, 2008
Seven years have gone by. Seven years we have been at a loss without you....gone but not forgotten.
Monika Cox-Young
September 6, 2008
Im a student and I wish I had you as a teacher. You were an amazing person! God bless you and your family!
Ben Whatman
April 19, 2008
To the family of angel Hilda Taylor. I will never forget. You are always on my mind and FOREVER IN MY HEART!!
Bernadette Jones
December 26, 2007
Always on my mind and forever in my heart!!!
Bernadette Jones
September 11, 2007
Aunty Hilda,

You will forever be in our hearts. The Bible promises, “The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart” (Psalm 34:18). One day soon, “He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces” (Isaiah 25:8).

I pray that God continues to comfort and heal all who have lost a loved one with His loving embrace.
Trina Marcus
September 11, 2007
I hope your family is finding some peace. Your loss will never be forgotten.
Just another sad American
September 11, 2007
While I did not know you I will never forget you. Thanks for being a dedicated teacher and making a difference in the lives of your students.
Allison Levie
September 11, 2007
I think of you often, Hilda. May your family and friends be comforted by your loving memory. God bless you, Hilda, and God bless America.
Aimee Bolash
September 11, 2007
Auntie you will be miss. Please look down on us and smile, because you have lived a beatiful life. You have lived your dreams. R.I.P. I love you, Sybil
Sybil Jackson
August 3, 2007
Always on my mind and forever in my heart.
Bernadette Jones
July 30, 2007
Hilda Taylor's life is a blessing to us all. Her life has made imprints on our souls and everyone that knew her will never be the same. My wish is that we all remember her strength, compassion, and love among many other endearing qualities that defined her life. I also hope that each of us can focus on these characteristics in our own lives, in honor of her. So please, be strong for Hilda, smile and remember her with happiness, not grief. Please welcome compassion into your life. Pray for your neighbor and treat all people with a genuine heart, like she did. And most importantly, love unconditionally, for only God knows which day will be our last.
Monika Cox-Young
July 19, 2007
In memory....
P Tabbernor
July 6, 2007
Mrs. Taylor,
It's been a while since I've left a message for you. I am missing you more than I could have ever expected! I'm planning a trip to the DC area. It saddens me to know I won't be able to visit you. I heard this quote and I thought of you: "Who we are crucially depends on what we're willing to stand up for in life. In short, are we willing to walk the walk"? You were such an honest and true friend, teacher and now a hero. I am honored to have known you. You taught me more than I could have asked for.
Monika Cox-Young
June 9, 2007
Always on my mind and FOREVER IN MY HEART!!
Bernadette Jones
April 10, 2007
Hilda,
You are always on my mind and forever in my heart!!
Bernadette Jones
December 5, 2006
To The Family,
May God give you the strength you need, especially at this time of the year. Prayer is the answer if you are looking for one and you are always in mine. God Bless.
Bernadette Jones
October 23, 2006
To Angel Hilda,
You are always on my mind and FOREVER IN MY HEART!!
Bernadette Jones
September 17, 2006
Five years have gone by but the pain still remains...but so do wonderful memories.
Forever in my heart,
Monika
Monika Cox
September 13, 2006
MS.TAYLOR ,
THANKS FOR ALL THE WONDERFUL TIMES AND WISDOM YOU BROUGHT TO MY LIFE.WE ALL ARE MISSING YOU DEARLY
KIM WILSON
September 12, 2006
To the family of Hilda E. Taylor,she may be gone but not forgotten God Bless You All.As my Children attended Leckie i use to do work at the school to help out and i can remember her always smiling and was pleasant,it would make your day.You will be missed Hilda.Forever in our Hearts.
lenroy smith
September 11, 2006
Missing you always Aunty Hilda...
Trina Marcus
September 11, 2006
Your Dearest Niece
Mummy you are a great loss to the family. You are sadly missed by every one and your place would forever remain vacant in the family. We love you dearly.
Maureen Williams
August 2, 2006
Always on my mind and forever in my heart.
Bernadette Jones
June 1, 2006
To Angel Hilda,
Always on my mind and FOREVER IN MY HEART!!
Bernadette Jones
May 21, 2006
Gone but not forgotten...
Still missing you....
Always and forever
Monika Cox
March 16, 2006
Always on my mind and forever in my heart!!
Bernadette Jones
February 1, 2006
Time doesn't change a thing, my feelings are still the same. Hilda you are always on my mind and forever in my heart. God Bless The Taylor Family.
Bernadette Jones
January 6, 2006
TO THOSE WHO DID NOT KNOW MS.HILDA TAYLOR U MISSED OUT ON AN ANGEL.I ATTENDED LECKIE FOR 7 YEARS(79-86) K-6 MS.TAYLOR WAS MY SIXTH GRADE TEACHER AND SHE BELIEVED IN ME WHEN I DIDNT BELIEVE IN MYSELF.I NEVER FORGOT THAT AND EVERYTIME I WD FLY HOME TO D.C I MADE IT MY BUSINESS TO ALWAYS GO TO THE SCHOOL TO VISIT HER.IT STILLS BREAKS MY HEART TO THIS DAY AND I PRAY FOR HER FAMILY.SHE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!
KIM WILSON
January 5, 2006
Always on my mind and forever in my heart!!
Bernadette Jones
November 28, 2005
Hilda,
You are always on my mind, and forever in my heart!!
Bernadette Jones
October 6, 2005
Always on my mind and forever in my heart!!
Bernadette Jones
September 5, 2005
Always on my mind and forever in my heart!
Bernadette Jones
August 26, 2005
Always on my mind and forever in my heart!!
Bernadette McClinton
July 16, 2005
To Hilda,
You are always on my mind and forever in my heart!!
Bernadette Jones
June 11, 2005
Those we hold in our arms for a little while, we hold in our hearts forever.
Monika Cox
June 11, 2005
Our hearts still ache in sadness, and secret tears still flow, what it meant to lose you, no one will ever know.

Still missing you,
Monika
Monika Cox
June 11, 2005
The memory of a good person is a blessing.
Monika Cox
June 2, 2005
To The Family of Hilda,
May Hilda's memories be the light that guides you during times of sadness. My prayers are with you always. God Bless You.
Bernadette Jones
April 13, 2005
Hilda,
May God bring your family strength when they become weak and light during times of darkness. Your memory will live on in the hearts of everyone whose lives you touched (Smile Monica!). Hilda you are a very special lady and no amount of time will ever change that. Your spirit will forever live on in us all!
Bernadette Jones
April 9, 2005
Gone yet not forgotten,
although we are apart,
your spirit lives within me,
forever in my heart.
Monika Cox
March 19, 2005
To Angel Hilda,
Teachers make sacifices by trying to give our children what we as parents are not able to give. This sacrifice makes our world a much better place and for this I am forever grateful.

Thank you Hilda,
You are my hero!!!
Bernadette Jones
February 11, 2005
To Angel Hilda,
You are always on my mind and forever in my heart!!
Bernadette Jones
January 4, 2005
To The Family of Hilda,
You are not alone and never will be!! Much love to all of Hilda's family and friends.
Bernadette Jones
December 13, 2004
To The Family of Hilda,
May your memories be the light that guides you from the dark. God Bless You All.
Bernadette Jones
November 25, 2004
Today is Thanksgiving Day 2004....I am thankful for having the opportunity to have known a wonderful woman by the the name of Hilda Taylor. Her memory will live on forever.
Monika Cox
November 11, 2004
Memories are priceless treasures that last forever. Hilda, you are always on my mind and forever in my heart!!!
Bernadette Jones
October 30, 2004
To Hilda,
You are always on my mind and forever in my heart!!! Continued love to the family and friends of this angel.
Bernadette Jones
October 11, 2004
Mrs. Taylor,
As time passes by I miss you more and more each day. I've been told that death is a part of life and memories a part of living. Your life ended well before it's time. You still had some much to give. Feel peace knowing that your love continues on, what you taught to me will be taught to "mine" and many others. Our family has been blessed in being able to welcome our newest son "Taylor" in late January 2005...because your memory lives on even though you are "gone".
Monika Cox
September 24, 2004
To Hilda,
I guess the reason I'm so drawn to you is because you remind me so much of my mother. She is a teacher also. I know how much time and energy you must have to carry that title. A teacher leaves a gift with the children they encounter and you give them something a lot of their parents can't. For that I am thankful. Your gift will stay with them all of their lives. That is the most precious gift anyone could ever receive. The gift you gave was put in their minds, not in their hands. For someone to share what you have given our children is truly special and so are you. Hilda, you are always on my mind and forever in my heart!
Bernadette Jones
August 14, 2004
Missing you and thinking of you constantly!
Monika Cox
August 4, 2004
Always on my mind and forever in my heart!
Bernadette Jones
July 9, 2004
Always on my mind and forever in my heart!!!
Bernadette Jones
June 21, 2004
Hilda,
You are always on my mind, and forever in my heart!
Bernadette Jones
March 27, 2004
Always on my mind and forever in my heart!
Bernadette McClinton-Jones
November 6, 2003
To the Family of Hilda,
During times of weakness may God give you strength and during times of darkness He will show you the light.
Bernadette Jones
October 5, 2003
Hilda,
You are always on my mind and FOREVER IN MY HEART!!!
Bernadette McClinton-Jones
September 11, 2003
Be encouraged Family that God will
grant strength unto each of you. Make a difference in someone life as
your love one did. God loves you.
Peggy McQueen
September 11, 2003
A teacher every parent dreams could touch their child's life.

There was no personal connection between us, other than our love of children and the passion to ensure they enjoyed themselves as children, succeeded as young people, and will not think twice to reach back as adults and give has you did.

I will not keep you any longer Mrs. Taylor, for you have a class to teach and children to guide in your new school.
Janice Crudup
September 10, 2003
anne
September 6, 2003
Yet another anniversary of September 11th will soon be upon us. I take this time to reflect. I look at your face and just wonder. If "things" were different and I was to see you in passing what would my impression of you be"? I'm ever so thankful for being able to have known you as much more than someone I saw in mere "passing" ...a mentor, a friend, a teacher is what you were to me. So once again, I'm here to write that when I think of you I just smile....ever so thankful for all that you did for me!
(Keep a smile on your face too Bernadette).
Monika Cox
August 29, 2003
My aunt, Elsie, was suppose to meet you at the Channel Islands that week. She admired you as a teacher, friend and hula hoop queen! My students and I completed the JASON Project last year studying the Islands you were to explore. I felt you with us, guiding me, one teacher to another. May God Bless You, your family and every student's heart that you touched.
Sincerely,
Charlotte Olson
Charlotte Olson
August 1, 2003
To Hilda,
As time goes by, the pain remains the same. I know you are in a much better place, but it hurts still the same. In closing I would like to thank you for everything you gave. There is no gift stronger than the gift of knowledge. Because you gave that gift to many of your children, the world can be a better place. May God bring strength to those who miss and care about you so much. It gets hard sometimes and you are truly missed by many. To Monika, those words were very special for someone who was very special. Much love to you always Hilda Taylor, a very special lady.
Bernadette McClinton-Jones
July 14, 2003
Always on my mind and forever in my heart!!!
Bernadette McClinton-Jones
June 24, 2003
I'm Free
Don't grieve for me, for now I am free.
I'm following the path God has laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard him call,
I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I found that peace at the close of the day.

If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joys.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Oh yes, these things too I shall miss.

Be not burdended with times of sorrow.
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much.
Good friends, good times, my students love.

Perhaps my time seemed all to brief.
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and peace to thee.
God wanted me now, he set me free.
Monika Cox
May 23, 2003
To the Family of Hilda,
This Memorial Day Weekend I pray for all the friends and family of Hilda. May your memories of her bring you joy and laughter and know that's what she would want you to do. There will be a reunion in Heaven with Hilda when it is time for you to go Home. Until then, may her memories live on in all of us who will never forget those we lost. To Hilda: Thank you for sharing your gift with the children you taught and those whose lives you changed, including mine. You are always on my mind and forever in my heart!
Bernadette McClinton-Jones
May 14, 2003
To the family, friends and students of Hilda, please know that you are not alone in your loss. Remember we will see Hilda at the crossroads of Heaven and the best way to honor Hilda is to never forget. Never forget the joy she brought you, never forget her beautiful smile, never forget the sound of her laugh, never forget Hilda; present, future and past.

Thank you Hilda for sharing your gift with the students of Washington DC. You are always on my mind and forever in my heart.
Bernadette McClinton-Jones
February 25, 2003
Mrs. Taylor-
It has been some time since I last wrote. But please know I will remember you...
When the sun rises and when it goes down...I will remember you. From the blowing of the wind and the chill of winter...I will remember you. When I see the blueness of the ski and feel the warmth of the sun...I will remember you. When I hear the rustling of the leaves and see the beauty of autumn...I will remember you. When achievements are made based upon your accomplishments...I will remember you.

It has always been the "little things" that I remember about you. But it has always been these "little things" that make me smile".

Monika Cox
February 25, 2003
To the Taylor family:

Remember that your
Loss is shared
By many who cared
And that you're in our
Thoughts and hearts
And in our every prayer....
Monika Cox
February 13, 2003
To Angel Hilda,
You are considered a hero to all of us. Not only for the transition you have made from Earth to Heaven, but for all the wonderful things you did for children who were your students, for teachers who were your friends and comrades, for strangers who saw the love in you, and the family that continues to love you even more today. May God grant them all the strength they need during their hardest times. I hope they know that you are still with them. I DO!! As long as I'm here on Earth you will always be on my mind, and FOREVER IN MY HEART... I'll meet you at the crossroads of Heaven Hilda. Thank You for everything you've done.
Bernadette McClinton-Jones
December 16, 2002
Always on my mind, forever in my heart.
Bernadette McClinton-Jones
November 27, 2002
Mrs Taylor-
We have finally reached Thanksgiving 2002. We generally tend to think of beloved family and friends this time of year which caused me to reflect upon you. It has been several years but I can recall you singing the school song in the auditorium of Leckie Elementary School..."give us the best,we'll do the rest" was a portion of this song. This statement is so true of you. As a teacher you gave me the best to help me develop into the woman,mother, and wife I am today. I know your family and friends are missing you and thinking of you daily. Know that your in my thoughts and prayers now and forever.
Monika Cox
November 26, 2002
Dear Hilda, Thanksgiving is upon us and I am giving thanks to God for the time you shared with those who know and love you. Nothing can compare to what you did for the school children who know and love you, as well as your family and friends. May God bring the strength that is needed to your family during a time of the year that is very difficult. I thank you Hilda, from the bottom of my heart for sharing with us all. I will never forget you Hilda. THANK YOU!
Bernadette McClinton-Jones
November 8, 2002
May God continue to bring strength to your family as we come closer to the holiday season. You are always on my mind and forever in my heart.
Bernadette McClinton-Jones
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