It is with deep regret that we share the passing of Anita Taylor, long-time friend, volunteer, and supporter of Legacy International.
Anita Taylor gave over 30 years of service to Legacy and the Global Youth Village as “Camp Nurse” for the Global Youth Village. Each summer she was there for any young person in need, from sprained ankles and poison ivy to offering her cheerful attention to a bad case of “homesickness”. As was her nature, she invested herself in her patients, not just handing out a bandaid, but looking at the whole health picture and nurturing each young person in the fullest sense. She was personally interested in people’s health and often would give an “extra dose” of attention and care to those in need.
If you didn’t happen to need the services of the camp nurse, you may have seen Anita working in the organic garden, along side her husband Tom Taylor. She was a Master Gardener and was frequently found in the Herb Garden, tending the scented geraniums, lemon balm and thai basil that she loved. Her knowledge of old time remedies, homeopathic remedies and the latest pharmaceuticals options was always welcome. She enjoyed designing water gardens, and had many hidden talents as a pianist, seamstress, and cook; she loved all things of beauty and purity, especially children.
Anita graduated from Skidmore College (NY) and went “downstate” to work at Belleview Hospital in NYC where she met her husband Tom and married in 1973. She received her Masters in Pediatric Nursing from University of Florida, in Gainesville. They moved to Virginia in 1981 and for many years she worked at Carillion Community Hospital on the Pediatric Floor, where she was widely cherished and respected.
She was a natural teacher, helping others to understand health issues with her wealth of professional experience and her keen intuitive insight. She taught Nursing students at Clemson University in SC, Lynchburg General Hospital School of Nursing and at Virginia Western Community College. She also offered her insights in Biology class at the World Community Education Center. She had wonderful common sense and reason, and willingly helped others to see their way through a dilemma.
She was a wonderful support to her husband Tom who established the Blue Ridge Montessori School, Lynchburg. She frequently accompanied him to school events, helping out wherever needed and had many friends among the parents and children over the years.
Her daughter, Saara Taylor Khadir, GYV Alumnae 02-04, has followed in her footsteps in the Public Health field. Saara holds a Masters of Public Health in Public Health Communication and Marketing from The George Washington University and currently works at Spectrum, a health and science focused PR firm in Washington DC.
We, at Legacy International, will miss Anita deeply, her friendship and her simple kindnesses live on in our hearts.
Donations in the Memory of Anita Taylor are welcome and will be used to support Legacy’s ongoing work in Public Health. Recent public health programs include the North African Community Health Initiative,(CHI) and a successful workshop in Public Health for the Global Youth Village, with Rachid Lamjaimer, CHI alumni and Moroccan delegate.