Florence "Flory" Todd Taylor

November 1, 1943 ~ April 18, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Florence (Flory) Todd Taylor in the early hours of Sunday, April 18th, 2021. She was born in Heber, Utah on November 1st, 1943, one of five children born to Kendall D. Todd and Edna Bacon Todd. In her early teens, the family moved to Bountiful, Utah, where Flory put down deep roots. She graduated from Bountiful High, then moved on to Snow College in Ephraim. There she met Joe Reese Taylor who would become her life’s partner.

Flory was an adorable woman whose laugh was infectious. She always seemed to be happy, sharing her positivity with those around her. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who lived for her family.

She and Joe had two sons, Todd Reese Taylor (deceased) and LaMarr Charles (Angela) Taylor, who survives her. Theirs was an outdoor loving family, who spent vacations hunting, camping and fishing. Later, their outings included their grandsons Mason, Michael and Tryston Taylor.

Flory was close to her siblings. Flory spent 18 years on the Wednesday bowling league with her sister Joyce Davis and in later years with her sister OraLee. Together, they went on many trips. Often they had no particular destination in mind, going where the road lead them.

She was also close to her Taylor family; sister-in-law Jeri Taylor Wayman, brother-in-law & wife, Jerald & Edna Taylor, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Joe & Flory’s son, Todd became the Utah Democratic Party Executive Director. A highlight of Flory’s life was accompanying Todd to the Democratic National Convention where Todd was a delegate, and where she met many high level politicians and influential people.

In the late 80’s, Joe & Flory built a beautiful home in the Bountiful hills where she lived until Joe’s passing. She and her extended family spent many happy hours there, enjoying Flory & Todd’s epicurean meals. She was a wonderful cook who shared her talents generously. Flory later moved to Lehi so she could be closer to her son, LaMarr and his family.

We will all miss her.

Flory was predeceased by her husband Joe Reese Taylor, and her son Todd Reese Taylor, as well as sisters Joyce Todd Davis and Aldena Todd George. She is survived by her son LaMarr (Angela) Taylor, brother Bruce (Verla) Todd, sister OraLee Todd Elliott and her brother and sister-in-law. She is also survived by four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date. An online memorial will be published soon. To access this memorial, please send an invite request to: florytaylor01@gmail.com


Aunt Flory, you were a ray of sunshine and joy to be around. My childhood memories are filled With happy memories of camping, outdoor adventures, and many great family holiday gatherings. I always looked forward to your famous potato salad and clam chowder. I’m saddened that you have left this world. I pray that you are reunited with Uncle Joe and Todd. Love always, Melanie Taylor

- Melanie Taylor
My heart breaks for the loss, to the family and friends of Flory, she was a truly wonderful friend and will be missed by so many who's lives she touched and blessed with her presence. There are so many great memories of Flory at Democratic events over the years but the thing that remains most prominent for me is her smile. She was always smiling and a very happy person to be around so she raised the spirits of everyone around her, even when times were tough she found a bright spot and looked to the future for a better outcome on the next round. The Todd Taylor families blessed my life doubly when I inexplicably met Jeri and Jerry outside of the political arena and found them to be as wonderful of friends as the family I initially came to know in the political realm. My deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to all her family and friends. She will truly be missed. Rest in Peace Flory, my dear friend and give Todd and Joe big hugs from me.

- Barbara Eubanks
We knew Flory, Joe, and Todd through the Davis Democrats. They were true pillars of the community standing for good things and principles. Hard to believe all three are gone. Flory was always friendly and supportive. She inspired candidates and party leaders to keep working for those on the outside of mainstream society. She leaves a void that will not be easily filled.

- Greg and Linda Sanders
We are sorry for your loss. We will miss her very much.

- Diana Dennis