Barbara Jean BROUSE (née Taylor)


On February 23, 2005, at age 73, of a massive heart attack after many months struggling against various challenges to her health. She fought with all her strength to complete her life's work, seeking to finish and publish her memoirs of her traumatic childhood. Born in India, schooled in Ireland and at Bishop Strachan School and University of Toronto (Victoria College), she was later a copy editor for Simpson's department store and a creative force in the advertising company she ran with her husband. In the seventies, she took up a second career as romance novelist (Harlequin, Silhouette) and, with more than a dozen titles (under the pen name of Abra Taylor) she supported her family. Her essence was unconditional love and generosity. She will be profoundly missed by her children Andrew of Montreal (currently studying in the U.K.), Gillian (Paul Richer) of Ottawa, Susan (David Warner) of Vancouver, and Terance (Andrea Ball) of Maple. She was a beloved ''mema'' to Danielle Ball and Stephanie Brouse, to Charlotte and Cléo Richer and to Kyle Warner. ~