In Loving

Berta Ellis Taylor

August 29, 1929 – September 15, 2023

Berta Ariminta Ellis Taylor, 94, of Richmond passed away on Friday, September 15, 2023, peacefully in her home after an extended illness.

Berta was born on August 29, 1929, to the late Charles E. Ellis Sr. and Carrie Morse Ellis in Goochland County, Virginia. Berta was baptized as a child at St. James Baptist Church-Blair Road under the spiritual leadership of the late Reverend James E. Johnson. She served on the usher board and sang in the choir for many years. She accepted the position of Deaconess and faithfully served until her health prohibited her from serving. She loved serving on many
committees at church including Missionary and Pastor’s Aide. At a later time, she was named Deaconess Emeritus. Berta was a nurturing soul with a green thumb, a skilled seamstress, and a master chef in the kitchen. Forever engrossed in the pages of books, finding solace and joy within their words. She
was devoted to the well-being of the family, both near and far. A dedicated employee of the Massey family for over two decades, she poured her heart and soul into her work.

Berta leaves to cherish her memory two devoted children Douglas Leroy Taylor Sr. and Reverend Sandra Taylor-Smith (Robert); nine grandchildren Kevin D. Anderson (Angela), Renée Y. Price, Douglas L. Taylor Jr., Brian D. Taylor Sr. (Heather), Solomon E. Price III, Terrica Taylor,
Damon S. Price, Denise N. Dabney, and Kristin T. McCall (Michael); three bonus grandchildren Robert Smith III, DeWanda Crum, and Vikki Smith; twelve great-grandchildren Douglas L. Taylor III, Darrius Bennett, Brian Taylor II, Jaelen Taylor, Ravan Taylor, Brionne Taylor, Jaela Dabney, Jamare Dabney, Jameah Malloy, Aaron Mason, Amaya Taylor, Nathanial Taylor; seven bonus great-grandchildren Timeka Baker (Brian), DeVaughn Smith, Demetrius Haden (Jazmine), Michael Smith (Essence), Robert J. Smith, Chelsea Jones, and Ruquyyah Smith; eleven great-great grandchildren; one cousin Clara Ellis; one sister-in-law Mary F. Taylor; devoted nieces and nephews; loving caregiver Katie Cox, and other relatives and friends.

Berta was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Taylor Jr., and her sons, Herman III, Martin, and Robert.

The family would like to give thanks to Hospice of Virginia. May her legacy inspire us all to embrace love, creativity, and dedication in all we do.

The interment will be private. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 23, 2023 at Affinity Funeral Service, 2720 Enterprise Pkwy, Richmond, VA 23294. The interment will be private.

Memorial Service


Affinity Funeral Service

2720 Enterprise Pkwy

Richmond, VA 23294


Saturday, September 23, 2023


1:00 p.m.

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  1. Clarence and Cora Felder September 19, 2023 at 6:26 am - Reply

    Mama we will miss seeing you tending to your garden.
    Rest in the loving arms of Jesus ??

  2. Mary Herbin September 19, 2023 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    Our deepest condolences to the family of the late Mrs. Berta. She was a faithful and dedicated member to St. James Baptist Church.
    Praying for strength during these difficult times. Reflect on the many good memories you shared with her.

  3. Marvin Allen September 21, 2023 at 11:11 am - Reply

    I always had fond memories of visiting Aunt Berta as a child. I often recall enjoying some sort of dessert or even a banana off of the”fruit sales truck”, which we eventually just called “Sales”. RIP Aunt Berta p??

  4. Donna Gotel September 21, 2023 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    Sending our condolences to the family with peace and strength and love. Rest in peace Aunt Berta . The Daniels family

  5. Rev. Dr. JoAnne Ellis Evans September 23, 2023 at 10:17 am - Reply

    May the love of the family anchor continue to dwell within each of you as you treasure the memories of her life on earth. May her smile in the sunshine bring joy to your hearts and her presence in the wind allow you feel the warmth of her arms around you. May the love and peace fill you until you meet again.

  6. John F. & Veronica Pollard September 23, 2023 at 10:47 am - Reply

    Extending our sincere condolences to Berta’s family! She was a kind,, soft spoken and a humble person. She was very dedicated to St James Baptist Church durning the time she attended there. Keep her memories alive and she will always be with you! May you find comfort knowing we are keeping you all in our prayers??RIP Mrs Berta

  7. Adelaide Wood September 23, 2023 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Rest in Peace Au t Berta. You will be missed love you

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