Wendy Ann (Taylor) Gilstrap of Marietta, GA, passed away peacefully on November 18, 2020. She was 69.
Wendy was born on October 1, 1951 in Santa Ana, California. She graduated from Costa Mesa High School and went on to graduate from UCLA. After moving to Georgia, she taught English and Theater at Joseph Wheeler High School in Marietta for 22 years.
Wendy will be remembered for her quick wit, fierce determination and the many children she helped mold into the adults they are today through her many years as a teacher.
Wendy spent the last few years of her life under the loving care of Melissa Oxley Caamano.
Wendy was proceeded in death by her husband and love of her life, Dwight Gilsrap. She is survived by her daughter, Kathryn Halapoff of Oviedo Asturias, Spain; son-in-law, Christian, and grandsons Rowan and Riley.
Due to Covid-19, there are no plans for a service at this time.
I love you, Mom. Happy Thanksgiving.
Wendy Byrd, you’re finally free to light up the heavens.
Many years ago (too many to count) I met Wendy one late afternoon at Little Corona beach in Corona del Mar. I was walking down the beach with my trusty guitar on my back and she was sitting with a bunch of friends. She saw me and ran over to invite me to join them. I intended to spend only a song or two worth of time, but I had such a good time I stayed until late As the night ended, we exchanged phone numbers. It was the start of a long and wonderful friendship. We stayed in touch until the later years. Letters and emails kept us connected. Wendy was beautiful, witty, intelligent and filled with boundless optimism. She was one of a kind. I’ll always have a spot for her in my heart.