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Joyce Denise Taylor

On June 8, 2023, Joyce Denise Taylor got her wings and went to walk with the angels. She was 69 years old. She was born in Columbus, Ohio to Harold and Ozelia Sawyer Sr.

Joyce was an exceptional wife to Paul Taylor, mother of Leon Sawyer, Latisha Sawyer, Maurice Sawyer, Travis Taylor, loving sister to Harold Sawyer Jr., Ronald Sawyer, Ramona Jordan, and Cathy (Charles) Boyd.

Joyce cared deeply for her family and neighbors. She attended West High School and enjoyed working for Panic Lighting for several years. She was more than happy to be the Central figure in the life of her children. Anyone who knew her knew that she was a star in her children’s eyes and her children was all that mattered to her.

Joyce’s greatest joy was her grandchildren, Teriny. Teizuhn, Brooklyn, Adonis, Miles, Mahlia, Arabia, Shaqueena, Mecca, Jah, Zion, Elizhonay, Ali’Kwon, and Messiah; great-grandchildren, Ahonesti, De’Moni, Mekhi, Kai, and London.

Joyce is preceded in death by her parents Harold and Ozelia Sawyer Sr.; brother, Harold Sawyer; son, Leon Sawyer, granddaughter, Shaqueena Jett.

Joyce is survived by her children Latisha, Maurice, and Travis, 13 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, sisters, brother, and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Joyce was immensely proud of her family and leaves behind nothing but beautiful memories.

Visitation 9:00 AM and Funeral Service 10:00 AM Saturday, June 24, 2023 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. (one block east of Noe Bixby, turn North on Lonsdale Rd.). To read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to the Taylor Family, visit

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