Yvonne Brown Taylor, first born of 6 siblings born to the late Andrew “Joe” Brown and Corene Shaw Brown, was born on October 23, 1952 in Baltimore, Maryland. Belinda, Saundra, David Earl and Andrew all preceded her in death. Yvonne was affectionately called “FLUBBY” by family and friends but grew out of that name as she got older. She would correct you in a heartbeat and say my name "IS YVONNE".
Yvonne graduated from Frederick Douglass High School and right after graduating from High School she was married briefly to Robert Byrd.
Yvonne’s grandfather instilled in her the importance of good work ethics and she began working at the early age of 15 at the Drug Store in the Cherry Hill Shopping Center. She worked briefly at USF&G in downtown Baltimore but found her niche in life with The Bethlehem Steel Plant in Sparrows Point as a crane operator where she worked for 31years. Yvonne was a part of the “WOMEN OF STEEL”. (Not many women held these positions in a world dominated by men during that time.) Yvonne was excited to host her own retirement party at the Steel Workers Union Hall. This was a great gathering of family and Friends.
Yvonne met the love of her life Mr. Robert Taylor at the plant and was happily married for 38 years. Robert’s children became her children and she shared many happy moments with the children, grands and great grands.
Yvonne had a great love for family and friends. She enjoyed spending time with all the people she loved; especially celebrating birthdays and holidays. Before her husband’s death, they were able to go on several trips together and their big trip to the Big island of Hawaii was most enjoyable. She loved going to different tourist attractions. She especially loved the islands where she traveled with her cousin Charles to Jamaica; across the country with her cousin Deborah; to Washington, DC and New York City with Joyce Roberta and to the Poconos with Joyce Roberta and Wayne. She also traveled to Canada and Boston with her aunt Brenda; and the South Carolina trip to visit her aunt Mae, and a trip to her niece Jaynel’s wedding were ones that she truly loved; busing with Ben & his group to Atlantic City was also a highlight. Yvonne also loved to shop, and when she took that hard hat and those steel toe boots off, she was always “dressed to impress” whenever you saw her.
Yvonne was baptized at an early age and just recently accepted Christ as her personal Lord and Savior with her step daughter, caregiver, and friend Joyce Roberta Lay.
Yvonne became a constant listener of the Wednesday Words of Encouragement–with the First Baptist Church of Cherry Hill. She was excited to hear the encouragers and friends fellowship over the conference line for the last 2 years. Yvonne supported each church linked to our family over the years and gave monetary donations for the upbuilding of God’s Kingdom here on earth. She is one of the founders of the Daytime Brown Family Birthday Club. She held membership in earlier family fun groups, The HONEY COMB KIDS, and the DYNAMITE SUPER STARS SOCIAL CLUB. Yvonne was an important part of planning our first BROWN’S FAMILY REUNION. She put in long hours and money helping to make this event of 2018 a success.
Yvonne leaves to cherish her memories, Her brother Anthony Brown; Her aunts Ella Mae Harrison(Charles) of Winnsboro, South Carolina, Alberta Campbell, Brenda Brown, Janyce Cunningham (William) of Baltimore, Maryland, Barbara Lee of Columbus, Ohio; Her Nieces, Tennille Rump (Daniel), Jaynel (Andrew), Latitia Brown Redfern (Harold); nephews, Anthony, Jr. (Patricia) & Andrew V, the late Lil Wayne, Jr.; stepchildren, Joyce Roberta (Wayne) the late Annette Belinda; Sharon and Coretha; 12 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren; 3 sister in laws Norma Taylor, Mildred Taylor and Rita Taylor-Cain; four brother in laws and 2 sister in laws preceded her in death. Cousin Deborah Heard and all of her Alabama family; Cousin Tim Thomas of Orlando, Florida; her lifelong girlfriend Romaine Smith, her retired co-worker friends from the plant, and a host of cousins, relatives, and friends.