Celestia Marguerita Johnson Taylor, age 93, died Sunday, July 28, 1996 in Provo, Utah.
Celestia was born in Alpine, Utah, April 8, 1903, to Jesse Wanderus and Deseret Nash Johnson. She received her education at Brigham Young University High School and College. She graduated from BYU in 1925 with a B.A. Degree in music and education. She taught in the Grantsville, Utah school system for three years. In 1925 she attended Columbia Teachers College in New York City.In August, 1927, she married Lynn Dixon Taylor in the Salt Lake City Temple. She joined the faculty of BYU after having received her M.A. degree in 1953, and taught English and Literature for 21 years until her retirement in 1974. Throughout her days, Celestia was involved in church and community service.
In 1962 she was called to the general board of the Relief Society where she served for 13 years. During the 1970's she prepared the homemaking lessons published in the Relief Society Magazine over a six year period. While on the Relief Society general board she traveled internationally, having many assignments in Europe, England, Australia and New Zealand.
At BYU she was a lecturer in many Education Week programs and Continuing Education Seminars. She served as Alumni Association Vice President, as BYU Women president, on the executive board of Friends of BYU Library and as vice chair, Faculty Emeritus Alumni Association. She was a member of the administrative board of the LDS Church Teacher Development Program. She served as a Provo Temple ordinance worker for ten years. Celestia was a charter member, Literary League of Provo, and a participant and officer of the Utah Opera Association. She was a member of the advisory committee of the Utah Trade Technical Institute, Provo. Fine Arts Chairman of the Federated Women's Clubs of Utah, a member of the Utah Poetry Association, and of the League of Utah Writers. In 1980-82, she was state president, National League of American Pen Women.
Celestia was preceded in death by her husband, Lynn and her daughter, Kathryn Dee Brockbank, wife of A. Brent Brockbank, Hollister, California. She is survived by sons and daughters, John A. Taylor, Provo; Janice (Mrs. Monte B. DeGraw), Solana Beach, California; Lynn Anne (Mrs. H. Bryan Richards), Manchester, England; and George T. Taylor, Provo. Celestia has 29 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.
Her family is grateful that she has lived a long and productive life, and for our close and loving relationship.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 31, at 12 noon, at the Oak Hills Hillside Chapel, 1900 North 1500 East, Provo. Friends may call Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Berg Mortuary, 185 East Center St., and at the church from 11 a.m to 11:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment: Provo City Cemetery.
N 7/29 N 7/29