Glenda Gay Taylor

(May 23, 1944 - Oct. 25, 2023)


Glenda Gay Taylor, 79, passed away peacefully on Oct. 25, 2023.

She was born in Billings on May 23, 1944, but her family moved to Powell, Wyoming, when she was just a few months old. Her parents were John and Emma Dalke. She grew up with her oldest brother Malven, and two older sisters, Estella and Betty. She met David Taylor on Mother’s Day 1964 when he was appointed as the new pastor of her church, The Church of God of Prophecy, in Powell. They started dating early in 1965 and got married June 5, 1965. Glenda had always felt like she was called to be a pastor’s wife and she loved working alongside David in ministry.

They had their first son, Darwin, in 1967, and their second son, Dean, in 1971. The family lived in Powell, where David continued to pastor and Glenda raised their boys and babysat a few other children as well. They left Powell in 1979 to pastor The Church of God of Prophecy church in Buffalo, Wyoming. They left Buffalo in 1981 to move back to Powell to help take care of Glenda’s dad, whose health was failing. After her dad passed, David was asked to pastor The Church of God of Prophecy in Casper, Wyoming, so the family moved to Casper in 1985, where they stayed until David retired in 2015. They then moved back to Billings to be with their family.

Anyone who knew Glenda knew that she loved to have company. She always kept her house clean and made a little extra food “just in case someone wants to stop by.” Glenda always kept her door open for anyone who wanted to visit, or needed a place to stay, or needed somewhere to go for the holidays. She certainly had a gift for hospitality!

Glenda is survived by her loving husband, David; children Darwin (Colleen) of Billings, Dean (Christina) of Billings; grandchildren Dereck, Jazzmin, Drake, Logan, Aspen, Rylin, Jezania and Kaiden; great-grandchildren Joshua, Olivia, Kaiya, Harbor, Bayleigh, Enderlee, Brinsley, Braelynn and Laurin; one sister, Estella Burnett of Powell, Wyoming; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Emma Dalke; her brother Malven; and her sister Betty.

There was a viewing for Glenda on Saturday, Oct. 28, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary and Crematory, 1001 Alderson Ave. A memorial service will follow at a later date.