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Julia Taylor

  • On August 26, 2020

Julia Taylor was born July 25, 1950 in Pennsylvania to mother Phyllis and father Cliff McWilliams as Candyce Lynn McWilliams. She was one of four children with two brothers and one sister. She passed away on August 13, 2020 from. Julia was a Bi-Coast resident with ties to both her childhood neighborhood just outside of Harrisburg as well as Southern California.  She received an undergraduate education and degree from Pennsylvania State University while meeting her husband Blair Allen at PSU. Together they continued to pursue a future in California focusing on her husband’s work to obtain secondary degree at the University of California at Berkeley. She took classes as well to begin obtaining a secondary degree. They settled down in Concord, California where Julia established a connection to Northern California people and community. They had a son, soon after her husband completed his master’s degree.

Julia divorced her husband and raised her son on her own in San Francisco. It was very unusual for a woman to have to build a career and raise a child on her own in the late 70’s and early 80’s. However, Julia was very adept and resilient to all of the challenges to single motherhood. She loved theatre and art and was a fan and donor to the San Francisco opera. She was very spiritual and searched for meaning out of life and its many expressions from Buddhism to Scientology and everything in between. She continued to pursue a graduate degree while raising her son and earned a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Degree in Marketing in the 80’s when it was somewhat an anomaly to be a credentialed educated woman in the business environment. She has used that degree and experience to work for many Fortune 500 companies until she decided to pursue contracting work in different industries within both Northern and Southern California several years ago. Within the past few years, she decided to head back to her childhood locale settling in Pittsburg. She is survived by her son, Thageron, and her siblings, Howard and Linda. The family has chosen not to have a service and are planning a private celebration of life. Arrangements entrusted to Pittsburgh Cremation and Funeral Care, Robinson Township.

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Kathryn McWilliams
  • Sep 14 2020
My deepest condolences to Ron and Isabella, Linda and Howard. As members of her extended family, we will miss her and grieve her. She was such a close cousin and we enjoyed being together up until our 20's when Julia went to California. We got a chance to be reaquainted when she moved to Pittsburg. The McWilliams family.
  • Oct 14 2020
I want to convey sympathy to all of those who loved Julia even though she’ll always be Candy to me. We became friends in 1969 at Penn State and stayed in touch Infrequently across the miles as the years passed. I recall meeting her father & stepmother on several occasions, her uncles, aunts, cousin Kitty, & the State College Mason family as well as Blair on one occasion. I’ll never forget all of you. Candy was Always an attractive and special person. Wanda