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Taylor Helland

ARLINGTON — Taylor Helland, 19, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, Feb. 20, 2016, at her home surrounded by her family.
Celebration of life: 7 p.m. Friday at First Methodist Mansfield, 777 N. Walnut Creek Drive, Mansfield, 76063. Interment: Taylor was laid to rest in Emerald Hills Memorial Park.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to donate to one of the following pediatric cancer charities: The Andrew McDonough Be Positive Foundation, the Fabulous Faith Foundation, or the Michael P. Brown Colon Cancer Foundation.
She graduated in 2014 from Martin High School in Arlington. Until recently, she was a sophomore strategic communications major at TCU, a member of Chi-Omega Fraternity and a leader of the TCU Dance Marathon, a program designed to raise funds for Cook Children’s Medical Center.
Taylor will best be known for her mantra “Choose Joy!” as she won her battle with cancer by choosing joy every day. She was dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the fight against pediatric cancer, and was an active speaker at many fundraising events.
Survivors: Mother, Julia; father, Bob; sister, Shara; loving boyfriend, Chris Messer; and many supportive and loving relatives and friends.

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Condolence Messages

  1. What a bright light Taylor was on Earth!! I never met her but was always amazed by the posts and how she handled her battle with Grace & JOY.

    Bob, Julia, Shara, Chris and Sierra – I pray for your comfort through this difficult time and hope you can always find JOY. God Bless you always.

  2. Priscilla Babbitt

    My deepest condolences to you and prayers for peace and comfort through the Lord Jesus.

  3. Remembering Taylor by choosing joy every day. Praying for peace and comfort for all of you.

  4. So very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. Kathy Korslin Arnett

    Sounds like your Taylor was a beautiful person with a strong positive outlook. My sympathy to all those who loved her and will miss her, but will remember her with joy in their hearts.

  6. There really are no words to convey our sorrow on Taylor’s passing. You are always in our thoughts and we pray for continued comfort and peace amid your grief.

  7. Thank you for “choosing joy” through such adversity sweet girl!
    Wish I had known you but I promise I will share your story
    until I get the meet you in heaven

  8. The Omicron Theta chapter of Chi Omega at Midwestern State University will never forget Taylor’s positive attitude. We will never forget such a brave soul.

  9. Pam Matthews Elliott

    I loved Taylor and always will-she was a very favorite student of mine-she brightened every day that I had her in class..we had a special connection.. I know you will share her bright light and love –in our prayers always…

  10. The Lautzenheiser Family

    What a light in the world. Taylor will be extremely missed by our family and all who love her. She has touched us immensely and we won’t forget her, ever. I am forever thankful for the many moments I got to spend with her, for the talks, for her words of wisdom, for her calming voice, for her many hugs, for her holding my hand because she knew I needed it, for her constant love, support, joy and encouragement, for being my personal food critic, for her prayers and her friendship. Bob, Julia, Shara, and Chris, know that we love you and are here for all of you. As you can tell from the outpouring of love for your family, you won’t walk this road alone. Sending many hugs to all of you.

  11. You brought a community together both the warrior nation and the church community I may not have known you but you’ve brought awareness to cancer and you brought people together.

  12. Our love to Taylor’s Family and Friends. Her Joy gave the blessing of hope to so many dealing with this disease. You are all wonderful amazing people who have gifted thousands with your Joy, Love, Faith and Hope. May the Peace that passes all understanding reign in your hearts as you remember the blessing Taylor will forever be to so many.
    Sincerely, Sally Teplow and Family

  13. I just want to express my condolences for the loss of such a beautiful life. I went to school with Taylor at Martin and I just remember her tough and passionate spirit that she had as well as the never give up mentality.

  14. Bob and Sharon Gorski

    We pray here in Cedar Park for Taylor’s family, as we prayed for Taylor these past five years.
    God bless her in the work she did not only to raise awareness for pediatric cancer research, but also to raise the spiritual awareness of all those around her.

    Stay blest.
    CSS Prayer group at St Margaret Mary’s Church in Cedar park, Tx

  15. I met Taylor once at our home. She is a friend of my son, Keagen. I didn’t know about her “choose joy” but I felt it in her personality. I am glad she is not hurting but sad for the pain of family and friends that miss her smile. Just try each day to choose joy.

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