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May she rest in Peace in the Glory of Mt. Kilimanjaro's beauty.
"How strange this fear of death is! We are never frightened at a sunset." - George MacDonald
Sandra Lee Taylor, 71 of Kimana, Kenya, East Africa passed peacefully on February 6, 2016. Mrs. Taylor passed while visiting her son Nicholas McCoy and grandchildren in Moncks Corner, South Carolina. Cause of death was heart related.
Mrs. Taylor was born on February 9, 1944 in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Her adoptive parents were Ken and Pauline Howard, who raised her as an only child. Sandra and her husband Mr. Kenneth Taylor were married for 32 years. Mrs. Taylor was a graduate of Shiloh Christian Institute in Hamilton, Montana, earning her ministerial degree and becoming an international missionary. During Mrs. Taylor’s career in ministry she was recognized as one of the most dedicated and selfless servants of the poor. Working in Spain and Kenya, East Africa, Sandra and her husband were responsible for ministry to thousands of people and took part in beginning new churches throughout Kenya. Along with her husband, Kenneth, the Taylors lived in Carson City, Nevada, Hamilton, Montana, Ciudad Real, Spain, Nakuru, and Kimana, Kenya.
Having a belief that all people, regardless of their financial circumstances, deserve an education and a chance at a better life, Mrs. Taylor and her husband founded the Kimana School of Leadership and Professionals Studies in Kimana, Kenya. The courageous and difficult work the Taylors engaged in to bring hope to people in the bush of Kenya has become a remarkable education center and continues to develop programs in education, healthcare, and compassion. In 2012, Mrs. Taylor became a founding director of Dreamweaver International, a 501c3 non-profit with offices in Kenya and the United States. It was her desire to help seed the dreams of the under resourced and give them the necessary education and help show a way to climb from the deep hole of poverty. Mrs. Taylor personally oversaw all functions of the Kimana School of Leadership and Professionals Studies and together with school director, Mr. Joseph Nkaapa, organized and built the Kimana Christian Academy on the 10-acre campus property the Taylors own in Kenya. The Kimana Christian Academy, a school for young youth ages three to fourteen opened its doors in January 2016. Within only three weeks, the school had already enrolled fifty students, becoming one of the fastest growing schools of excellence in the region of Kenya.
Wanting to be sure that no one had to endure the horrific trials of poor healthcare found where their primary mission was located, Mr. and Mrs. Taylor teamed up with Dr. Scott Smith and her eldest son, Dr. Warren Bruhl, to bring Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital. Now under construction, the hospital, when completed will serve a strategic and vital life saving role in the Kimana and Latoikitok communities of Kajado County in Kenya.
Anyone who knew Sandra never forgot her! She had a special way of engaging people, communicating her mission, and took a uniquely special interest in the lives of everyone she met. Her greatest gift she brought the world was her compassion and love for people, who many passed over, or treated unfairly. Often Sandra dug into her pocket to give a poor mama, who had hungry babies, shillings for milk or food. As well, she arranged school fees and scholarships for children who had lost parents through tragic circumstances and made sure everyone who worked for her was cared for and their families were taken care of.
She is survived by her husband, Mr. Kenneth Taylor (71), sons-Dr. Warren Bruhl (51), Dr. Timothy Bruhl (48), Dr. Nicholas McCoy (34), and stepchildren Kelli Taylor (50) and Michelle McCann (47). She is survived by her grandchildren-Austin Bruhl (25), Montana Bruhl (22), Sage Bruhl (18), Fallyn Couste (18), Taylor Bruhl (12), Aiden McCoy 8), and Alyson McCoy (5).
Mrs. Taylor was in the process of raising the necessary money to complete construction of Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital, Kimana Christian Academy classrooms, educational scholarships for youth in Kenya, and sports programs her non-profit provided in Kenya and around the world. In lieu of flowers or other gifts, it was Mrs. Taylors wish to have tax deductible gifts provided to her non-profit, Dreamweaver International. Tax-deductible gifts can be sent to: Dreamweaver International, P.O. Box 2491, Northbrook, IL 60065-2491 or online at www.dreamweaver911.org.
Memorial services will be held in United States in Kenya with times TBD.