Geneva Gates Taylor (Jean, Maw-Maw, Noot), 88, died peacefully at Baton Rouge General Medical Center on Friday, November 9. She was a lifetime resident of Jackson, Alabama, but spent much of her time with family in Baton Rouge. Jean was the daughter of Lillie Lou Hicks Gates and Christopher Monette Gates and was one of six siblings.
She was preceded in death by her parents; the most loving caretaker, her husband, Ralph Dupree Taylor; and siblings, Bryant Emmett Gates, James M. Gates, Ruby Pritchett, and Mary Eva Weaver.
She is survived by one sister, Jeanette Ernestine Gates Harville of Pensacola, FL. Jean was a loving mother to Ronald Gerald Taylor (Jerry) of Jackson, AL and Sheila Taylor Hayden of Baton Rouge; a grateful mother-in-law to Deborah Johnson Taylor and Steve Hayden for their love shown through the years; a proud grandmother to Heather Taylor York (Chris), Taylor Hayden Chadwick (Will), Hunter Jerry Taylor, and Steven Christopher Hayden.
She was a loving servant to her God and a member of the Forest Avenue Baptist Church in Jackson. There are no words to express the depth of her humor, southern charm, beauty, kindness, and generosity which she shared with family and friends. Anyone who met Jean would embrace her southern charm and personality which would light up a room and put a smile on your face. After being with her, you would have a beautiful memory and a great Maw-Maw story to tell. Jean loved antiques, Antique Roadshow, pretty clothes, shopping, jewelry, potted plants, country and gospel music, a good movie, the morning paper and a hot cup of coffee. She loved a special occasion that gave her a reason to shop for a special outfit and get all dressed up to be the "Belle of the Ball." She always entertained her grandchildren with her antics and was looking forward to becoming a "great" grandmother to five new great grandchildren in 2019. She will be deeply missed in our hearts, but her family will make sure the new babies will know their great grandmother and her legacy will continue.
The family would like to thank Jean's primary care physician in Baton Rouge, Dr. Louis Minsky; her pain management doctor, Dr. John Braswell and the staff at Baton Rouge General for their loving and compassionate support. Thank you to her nieces Diane Jones, Betty Kilpatrick, Gayle Leathers, Keller Davis, nephew Ashley Jones, Grady Kilpatrick, and her sister, Jeanette, for coming to be by her side in her last days. The family would also like to thank all the friends and family members who continuously prayed for Jean's peace and comfort.
Visitation will be November 14 at 10:00 a.m. at the Forest Avenue Baptist Church in Jackson with the Rev. Danny Chancey officiating. The service will follow at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at Liberty Baptist Cemetery in Fulton with Lathan Funeral Home directing.
Condolences may be offered at www.lathanfuneralhome.com.