TAYLOR, Aspen Helen Joyce


March 15, 2016 – October 29, 2016


Our beautiful baby girl Aspen came into the world and into our hearts in Canmore, Alberta on March 15, 2016. Aspen brought such joy into our lives, always amazing us with her peaceful way.  She was an ‘old soul’ – a perfect baby – so calm and happy all of the time.  Aspen loved music, spending hours with her mommy singing and going to the local jams.  Aspen loved being in nature; her name suited her perfectly.

While we were devastated to learn of Aspen’s illness with SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy), we are grateful we had the precious time together, creating many memories that will stay with us forever.

Aspen will be deeply missed and treasured by her mommy Janice Taylor; her daddy Josh Billingsley; her brother Tanner Billingsley; her grandparents, Susan Ruff, Rodney Taylor, and Barb Billingsley; her aunties Katie and Angel; her uncle Corey; her Nana Sandi; and many other aunts, uncles, cousins, and special friends.  Aspen touched people all over the world!

The family would like to extend their deepest thanks to Alberta Children’s Hospital and the Rotary Flames House for their amazing care and support, also to Pastor Ray and his wife Chris for their love and guidance, and to the entire musical community in Cochrane who have embraced our Aspen with open arms.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church (128 1 St E, Cochrane, AB) on Friday, November 04, 2016 at 2:00 pm.  Our local friend musicians are invited to bring their instruments to play some songs during the reception, in honour of Aspen.

Memorial donations can be made in Aspen’s name to Families of SMA Canada (http://curesma.ca).  Flowers are welcome and appreciated.

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  1. On October 31, 2016 at 4:03 pm Linda Fields Said:

    I am so sorry that Aspen had to leave you. They teach you so much in the short time they are here. But your little angel will always be near you, because she is in your heart.

  2. On October 31, 2016 at 8:41 pm Mylo Coelho Said:

    My deepest condolences to you and your family for this tragic loss. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you at this difficult time. Aspen may be gone from your sight, but never from our hearts.

  3. On November 1, 2016 at 12:49 am Roseanna Saunders Said:

    Jan I am so sorry..My deepest condolences go out to u..for the loss of ur beautiful girl..she may be gone but never ever forgotten..Stay strong my Friend..

  4. On November 1, 2016 at 4:17 am Connie LeBlanc Said:

    Sending you so much love and wishing you peace and offering many virtual hugs across the miles.
    I have learned so much over the last few months from you yes, but from Aspen as well.
    Thank so much for sharing such an intimate part of your life so openly Jan.

  5. On November 1, 2016 at 5:39 am Tammy Dickeson Said:

    Condolences to you and your family at this time.

  6. On November 1, 2016 at 6:55 am Sharon Murphy Said:

    Jannie, you and your sweet angel have given so much love-for life and one another-to the world. Thank you for being so brave. Aspen, although I never met her, touched my heart as well. Peace and blessings to you all from here in Rothesay. xoxoxo

  7. On November 1, 2016 at 12:33 pm Brenda Said:

    Barb and family, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I have no words to express my sympathy for you. Big hugs full of love, blessings, peace and strength from me to you. Love. Brenda

  8. On November 1, 2016 at 4:08 pm Judy Hennessey Said:

    Dearest Jan, I only had the chance to meet you and Aspen for a short time at the family reunion but you both touched my heart. Singing on stage with her in your arms is something I will never forget. Seeing her smile up at you as you changed her diaper was beautiful. As difficult as losing her is I have to say that Heaven has gained one amazing angel. My thoughts, prayers and hugs are with you as you face the days ahead. Judy

  9. On November 1, 2016 at 4:25 pm kim Price Said:

    Dearest Jani
    Sending my love and deepest condolances Iam truly sorry for your loss may knowing your little Angel is resting in Gods arms being sung to by heavenly choirs bring you peace in this most difficult of times,

  10. On November 2, 2016 at 6:42 pm Jacqui Said:

    To Aspen’s dear family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You don’t know me, but I heard of Aspen through my cousin whose little boy also has SMA. As a new mom, my heart is hurting so much for you. I will pray for you and that the God of all peace may comfort you.

  11. On November 3, 2016 at 9:49 am SNAP Family Said:

    Dear Janice, please know that your SNAP family in New Brunswick are thinking of you and sending love, support and deepest sympathy at this time. We will be making a donation today in Aspen’s name. Thank you for sharing Aspen’s life with us.
    “When there are no words…know the silences are carrying the thoughts and prayers of all who love you.”

  12. On November 4, 2016 at 9:42 am Christie, Terry and Stevie Said:

    Our thoughts and hearts are with you all today as you celebrate Aspen’s short life…sorry we could not be there to hug you ourselves! Love you lots, Christie, Terry and Stevie Sander.

  13. On November 4, 2016 at 10:14 am Christine Price Said:

    Our sincere thoughts and prayers are extended to Janice, Josh and their families during this difficult and emotional time in their lives. Aspens Journey was a beautiful blessing, a reminder of the love and courage all of us were blessed to be a part of and share. Aspen was an inspiration to all. Precious Aspen will forever be cherished and in our hearts. Rest in peace sweet child. God Bless. Christine and Marjorie

  14. On November 4, 2016 at 12:10 pm Aspen Taylor Said:

    Dear Rodney and Family

    Rodney we are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Aspen’s obituary and sweet picture where as beautiful as you had spoken about. Allan & Bridget Menzies

  15. On December 27, 2016 at 8:11 pm Susan Elliott Said:

    On 01/11/2016 at 6:10 pm Susan Elliott Said:

    I am so deeply sorry to hear of your loss of little Aspen. My heart is broken for you. Prayers to you all