FEBRUARY 11,1929 – JUNE 20, 2021

“She was everything we needed her to be. The only condition, she had to do it her own way. A principled woman of unwaivering faith.

Rest yuh spirit Elma…”

– Marsha (grand-daughter)

Born in Harewood, St Catherine…

FEBRUARY 11, 1929

Excerpt from her Eulogy.

Elma’s parents were Frank and Mariah Taylor and she was the 11 th of their twelve children. She is survived by two brothers; Granville Taylor in Virginia, USA and Leslie Taylor in Manchester, England. Both parents died when she was young, forcing her to grow up quickly and take charge of her path in life. Elma attended school in Harewood St. Catherine where she was successful in the 1st,  2nd, & 3rd Jamaica Local Exams. At the age of 19 she received a certificate in Book-Keping which was her first formal career move. Along with Book-Keeping, she taught at the Harewood school to earn needed funds to pursue her ultimate career goal, Nursing.

Elma worked hard, and with the help of her children, was privileged to have a lot of fun, travelling and getting to know other countries. She enjoyed baking, crocheting, playing cards – especially solitaire, and Chinese Checkers….

Click image for the full version of the Eulogy. Narrated by Viviene (daughter)


fave memory.

She cared. Despite how miserable she may seem, she always cared. I recall this in action when I did my surgery and how concerned she was that I would be home alone for recovery. so grandma paid for me to stay longer in the hospital.

– Kaye (grand-daughter)

Life lessons.

Plan and write down stuff. Example when to buy gas, cut the lawn.

– Tamara (grand-daughter)

Fave Memory.

She always wanted to play Chinese Checkers, and if i won she would say i robbed her or it was a buck-up so lets play again. She always wanted to win.

– Claudette (daughter)

Life lessons.

Work hard for what you want and you will achieve it.

– Viviene (daughter)

Life lessons.

No matter how challenging life might be, fight back, never give up and always continue to do good despite the circumstances

– Kevin  (grand-son)

“If there was one final thing we could say to her it would have been…”

We are going to be ok. It’s time for you to take your rest.

– Nadeen (daughter)

Go rest in God’s arms and know that we will be ok without you here.

– Viviene (daughter)

Finally Elma, finally…sweet sweet rest, finally. I love you endlessly

– Marsha (grand-daughter)

Wherever a beautiful soul has been there is a trail of beautiful memories.

Would you like to offer Elma’s loved ones a condolence message? Please feel free to write your message of sympathy below.

You may also sign her virtual obituary guestbook as well as light a tribute candle and upload your own photos and memories to share with the family on her Obituary Page.


  1. Flora Booth-Osbourne

    Heartiest condolences to the family
    I have good memories of working with Elma at Linstead Hospital and her friendship since then. She was a caring and hardworking nurse. I admired her greatly She. Will be missed.

    • Stacey-Ann Salmon Mills

      Mrs. Elma” Nurse” was and always will be viewed as a unique, wise and wonderful woman to me. She had a sharp mind, wit and tongue, which made me look forward to seeing and speaking with her.

      I will surely miss her and I pray that the family keeps the strengths of her life and blessings in their hearts in this time of loss
      Rest well Nurse.

      • Horace Whitby

        My heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones on the transition of someone who was larger than life. Nurse has certainly had a tremendous impact on the lives of so many of us. She was an icon of a lady and her legacy will live on forever.
        Walk good nurse, you have done your job here and passed on the baton.

  2. Kirk Kerr

    I was her neighbour for around 10 years and she always have something funny to tell me. She was a great woman, mother, leader and friend to the Linstead community.

  3. Dianne Mitchell-McKitty

    Nurse, RIP. My condolences to the family. Elma may be physically gone but, not forgotten. The memories that are in your and our hearts will see you through on the tough days & nights. She was strict, tough, kind, helpful and was also a lot of fun to be around. I am glad I had the pleasure of being a part of her life.

  4. Pervis Morrison

    My sincerest condolences to Michele and the rest of the family on their loss.

  5. Nadene , Ditty and Janelle

    To Mrs Mcalla and family our prayers are with you at this time bereavement

  6. Deoan Brown


  7. Collette Johnson

    I’m so, so sorry for your loss she was a sweet and kind person indeed. May her friends and family find comfort ,in that she is at rest.


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