Barbara L Taylor known as “Annie” surrounded by love and family, went to live with her ancestors on December 24, 2021. She was born July 25, 1938 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Barbara Johnstone and James Paterson. She was raised between Caliente, Reno, and Las Vegas, Nevada ultimately moving to Utah in 1959.

Annie was incredibly talented and excelled in many artistic mediums. She shared her love of art with her family, friends, and community. She was a key member of the Utah Arts Festival for over 35 years. She was a proud member of the International Alliance Theatrical Stage Local 99 since 1979. She worked for Ballet West, Capitol Theatre, and many other artistic institutions and projects including the Aids Quilt.

Annie raised four children Melanie “Millie” Larsen (deceased), Barbara Lambert, Ernest Lambert, and Michael Taylor (Sarah). She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and enjoyed watching them grow and flourish in life.

Annie is preceded in death by her daughter Melanie “Millie” Larsen, beloved brothers Gary & Allan Peterson, sister Debbie Paterson, and endeared family friends Susan Barrell and Ian Barrell.

The passing of Annie has left a large hole in our hearts, we miss her every day and want to honor her legacy. We will host a celebration of her life; once confirmed, this announcement will be updated.

“I strove with none, for none was worth my strife:

Nature I loved, and next to Nature, Art:

I warmed both hands before the fire of Life;

It sinks; and I am ready to depart.”

~Walter Savage Landor, Dying Speech of an Old Philosopher

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Michael Taylor

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Feb 20, 2022

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Annie was a mentor and friend to me. I’ll always remember that wry smile of hers. I’ll miss our long conversations over wine with Classical music played through KBYU in the background.

Annie expressed her great love of her family to me often while reminiscing her past. Barbara being the most beautiful baby and later on her enchanted white hair as a teenager that wowed everyone at the mountain man rendezvous. Her sweet stories of Michael by her side always holding her hand even into adult hood and her love for Sarah. She loved her extended family of Kay, Susan and Ian and that sock stealing cat of theirs!

I was so grateful Annie shared even a very small portion of her life with me. I was so happy to introduce my son to her and for her wisdom on so many things.

A forklift driver, a seamstress, a lover of books, wine and music, a mother and a friend.

Heidi Belka , Salt Lake City, UT, US Feb 28, 2022

Lovely, Michael. My heart is a little less heavy now.

Jacqueline Deike Feb 20, 2022