Rita “Pamela” Taylor, 90, died Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at Valley Baptist Hospital in Brownsville.
Pamela is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, John G. Taylor. She is survived by her
daughter Pamela Robinette, granddaughter Nielsa LaChapelle, two great-grandchildren and other extended family.
She was born and raised in Stoney Bridge, Worcestershire, England where she first met and fell in love with her future husband John. It was 1945, WWII, and yes, she was a war bride. Always a very conscientious girl, she was very proud of the fact that she was able to obtain her American citizenship through studying and hard work besides marrying the man of her dreams. She took pride in encouraging others to fight for what they believed in and to always get out and vote. It never mattered who you were, where you came from, or what your circumstances were, she was always fair. She valued honesty and hard work above all else and would help anyone in need.
She worked for BISD for 28 years as a secretary both at Cummings, Jr. High and also at Porter High School. She later retired and set up her own business, Taylor Made Ceramics. She became a member of Community Partnership of Brownsville. Throughout the years she devoted her time to helping others including always having cooler filled with water and drinks for Border Patrol working in her area. In recent years, she gave countless interviews with various news agencies from all over the world regarding the “illegal crossings” and also the “Border Wall”.
Throughout her life she has been known as a strong woman with a colorful character. She will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her. In accordance with her wishes, she will be cremated and there will be no service, instead, we will be celebrating her life with a wake at her homestead on Saturday afternoon.
I am saddened to hear of the passing of your mother, but, I am proud to have known her and her beautiful legacy will live on! Pamela was feisty and principled, as well as kind and caring. I'll never forget her kindness to those of us who transplanted down to south Texas and I'll always remember her each time I see the Magnolia at Fort Brown station. God Bless You All!
Laura L. West-HinojosaEdinburg, TX
Pam my prayers are with you and your family. Your Mom was a great woman 😢🙏🏻