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Sonya Gay Taylor

Dec. 31, 1944 - Aug. 6, 2022

Date of Service: Aug. 15, 2022

MALTA –Sonya Gay Hales Taylor, age 77, passed away, at McKay Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah, on Saturday, August 6, 2022, after a stroke. She was, as in life, surrounded by the family she raised and loved so much.

Sonya was born December 31, 1944, to Lloyd and Camille Joy Hales in Camp White, Oregon. She joined two brothers, Loren and Timothy Hales, and a sister, NeAnne Hales. Later came two more brothers, Lenny Gibbs and Calvin Wylie, and one more sister, Christie Wylie.

Later, Camille moved her family to Rexburg, Idaho, where Sonya attended elementary and high school, and eventually Idaho State University, where she would meet the love of her life, and eternal companion, Cedric Taylor. After marrying for time and all eternity in the Idaho Falls Temple on September 10, 1970, they moved to Logan, Utah, where Cedric continued his education, and Sonya attended cosmetology school. Eventually they would make their home in Malta, Idaho, where they would run Cedric’s family farm, raise their six children, and enjoy nearly 52 happy years together.

Sonya was a lifelong active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she enjoyed serving in many capacities and different callings throughout the church. She particularly delighted in being around the newborn babies, and the children in Primary. She enjoyed teaching them about the Savior and watching them grow in the gospel. Sonya had two great driving forces in her life. First, studying the Gospel of Jesus Christ and applying it in her life. Second, raising her children in the Gospel, and watching them have their own families. Whenever asked where she would like to take a vacation, or go on a trip, her answer would invariably be, “wherever my kids and grandkids are”.

Sonya is survived by her husband Cedric; all six of her children, Elona Mae Garcia (David), DeRoy C Taylor, Wanita Lynn Bills (John), Ladawna Joy Durfee (Bill), Derrick Lee Taylor and Melinda Sue Kunka (Rich); three brothers, Lorin Hales (JaNele), Lenny Gibbs, Calvin Wylie, one sister: Christie Burch (Rick); 17 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her beloved mother, father, 2 step-fathers, one brother, Timothy Hales, and a sister NeAnne Curtis (Bill), all of which are now surely enjoying a family reunion.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, August 15th, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Malta, with Bishop Lane Schumann officiating. Burial will follow at Valley Vu Cemetery in Malta.

Friends and family will be received from 5 until 7 p.m. Sunday, August 14th, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, and from 10 until 10:45 a.m. Monday, preceding the service, at the church.

Condolences for Sonya Gay Taylor

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From Sonya Taylor Tamcke:
I have many childhood memories at her home. She always got a kick out of us both having the same name. My sincere condolences to the family.
From Linda Crump:
May you all be blest with peace.
From Dolores Booth :
Sonja was a great lady and will be missed by the many lives she touched. I learned much from her by being her visiting teacher and especially enjoyed the classes and seminars we attended given by the center for constitutional studies
From Allina Gibbs:
Rest in peace Aunt Sonya.
From Sterling Hill:
I worked on the farm with Cedric after my brother moved on. One of my fondest memories would be after we finished feeding the cows, he would say "let's go eat", and we would go to his house and Sonya would make us breakfast.
From Ryan Hill:
Many meals and many hours spent together when I worked the farm with Cedric. A great loss of a great lady.
From Brenda Tibbitts :
So sorry for your loss and my prayers are with the family. I have many sweet memories of Sonya and our good times together
From Sharon Hutchison:
Thinking of you with Sincere Sympathy and Fond Memories of your loved one. So sorry for your loss.
From Tom and Ilene Hogan:
We loved Sonya and will miss her. Sorry for your loss.
From Kurt Hintze:
I have fond memories of being at the dairy and in your home. I have never forgot all the lessons I learned in the summer of ‘77 work with Cedric and Sonya everyday. Sonya taught me so much. My deepest condolences to Cedric and the family
From Debbie Hoskin:
My condolences to Cedric and the Taylor family. Sonia was an amazing lady and I am grateful for the chance I had to get to know her through babysitting the kids and moving pipe for the family. The Wights have a special place in our hearts for our neighbors through the fields!
From Tayna Harper:
So sorry to hear of Sonya's passing. She was a great friend, and always had a smile for me.
From Kirt & Janet Yates:
So sorry to hear of your loss!

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