Linda Mae (Reynolds) Taylor was granted her heavenly wings, surrounded by her family, on
February 27, 2023, in Waco.
Linda was born on October 25, 1944, in Harlingen, Texas, to Alta and Maurice Reynolds. She
graduated from Harlingen High School in 1963 and studied home economics at Abilene
She married Larry Taylor on June 3, 1967. Her daughter, Laurie, was adopted in August 1972,
and son, Loren, was born in November 1974.
While she lived in the Rio Grande Valley, Linda was a member of the Junior League of
Harlingen and Beta Sigma Phi International.
While in Harlingen, she was co-owner of a fashion consignment shop, Silent Re-run, that
became a full-service fashion boutique, Lu-Ann’s.
She moved with her family to Beaumont, Texas; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Grand Junction,
Colorado; and Amarillo, Texas. In Amarillo, she stepped back into professional life as an
account representative with Pantex Federal Credit Union.
When she moved to Waco in 1990, she entered sales with Cellular One—later AT&T-- where
she was recognized nationally for her outstanding efforts and valued by her company and clients
for the care and attention she selflessly gave to each of them. After leaving AT&T, she worked
for Aramark, where she retired in 2006.
In Waco, she was a member of Daughters of the Nile, Merak Temple, and, since the mid-1990s,
she and her husband Larry have been actively involved in Masonic work, including Scottish Rite
and Shrine. She actively supported Karem Temple’s marching patrol, Tumbleweeds, Classics
and Texas T’s and was Karem’s First Lady in 2012.
Friends knew Linda as “the Energizer bunny” who was always full of smiles for everyone. She
was described as a “great group leader and always ready to volunteer her time for the (Shriners
Hospitals for Children) kids,” “a beautiful lady, inside and out.” She was known throughout the
Shrine world for the stupendous hospitality rooms that she organized and hosted at local and
She is survived by her husband, Larry J. Taylor, daughter Laurie Taylor and her husband Oscar
Williams of Houston, son Loren Taylor of Waco, grandson Patrick Nielsen of Waco, sister
Virginia May of Harlingen and brother Elton Reynolds of Austin. She was preceded in death by
her parents, Alta and Maurice Reynolds.
In lieu of flowers, Linda would love for contributions to be made to Shriners Hospitals for
Children, in care of Karem Temple, 400 Karem Circle, Waco, Texas, 76712.
The family would like to thank the amazing and caring staff at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest
Hospital and Hospice for their compassionate care.
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