March 18, 1993 ~ February 8, 2022

Born in: Waco, Texas
Resided in: College Station , Texas

Taylor Makenzie Dyson passed away while being lovingly surrounded by her family on Tuesday, February 8th, 2022. Memorial services to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday February 12th at 3pm at Central Church in College Station, TX. Cremation and additional services are being provided by Callaway-Jones Funeral Home & Crematory.

Taylor was born on March 18th, 1993 in Waco, Texas to Jay Frank Dyson and Leanne Gray Dyson. She graduated in 2011 from A&M Consolidated High School. In the fall of 2011, her life was forever changed when she received the life-threatening diagnosis of Pulmonary Hypertension. Over the Thanksgiving weekend of the same year, she received the amazing gift of a double lung transplant. She would spend the next 10 plus years getting the most out of every single moment life gave her. She combined an incredible “grab life by the horns” zest for life and a relentless desire to give back to others as the guideposts for her life. She had the honor of representing Team USA at World Transplant Games in South Africa in 2013. Not too long after that she found her second family through the non-profit organization Hunt With Heart. She began her beautiful journey there by attending her first weekend as a camper with her father. She saw not only the life changing experience of memory building for families but the priceless opportunity for kids to connect to each other who have dealt with the unique and challenging world of organ donation. She would go on to do countless things in support of Hunt With Heart with her efforts endearing herself deeply to the kids, families and members of the organization.

The only thing that she loved more than that was her role as Tata to her nephew Deklin and niece Alexandra. When it came to her family and friends Taylor was fiercely loyal, quick to stand by them and never ending in her love for them. She was the life of the party bringing a relentless energy of laughter, fun and the occasional bout of mischief to every moment. Last November she was inspired by a friend’s post on social media to make a “giving” list to celebrate the 10 year mark of her transplant by writing a list of 28 things she or anyone could do to give back. She had received her lungs on November 28th, 2011 and was forever grateful. With the blessing and support of her Mother, Father and brother her final gift in the form of a silver lining for the cloud of life was to donate all her eligible organs to those in need.

She solidified her love of her hometown of College Station when she graduated from Texas A&M in 2017. The beautiful beaches of Port Aransas, the Texas Gulf Coast accompanied by as much fishing with her family as time would allow were her yearly staples. She never found a sale or anything with leopard print on it she didn’t like and she enjoyed finding her way around a kitchen cooking up all kinds of things to eat. Whether it was people or things, they did not have to be fancy or expensive for her to love them. They just had to be as real and authentic as she was.

She was preceded in death by her Grandparents Frank “PeePaw” and Mary “MeMaw” Dyson and her Grandfather, John Gray, Sr.

She is survived by her parents, Jay and Leanne Dyson, her brother Cory Dyson and his wife Gretchen, their two children Deklin and Alexandra, her grandmother Barbara “Mimi” Gray, her Aunt Emily & Uncle Keith Allen and their son Travis, Aunt Linda & Uncle Donald Britt and her children Zarina and Robert, her Aunt Vickie & Rickie Newton, their son Lucas, daughter Courtney her husband Greg Melton, her Uncle John and Aunt Shannon “Shananay” Gray, their children Sydney and Sophie, Her Uncle Sean and Aunt Lisa “Aushie” McCoy, and their children Emma, Ethan and Kennedy.

In lieu of flowers please make a financial donation to Hunt with Heart in Taylor Dyson’s name. These donations will become the building block of a special program being developed in Taylor’s name and memory.

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  1. Taylor was in my Career Preparation class at Consol. She sat with her co-workers and it was referred as the Wings n’ More corner of the classroom. I loved her energy, honestly, and vivid personality. Will miss you Girl!

  2. My deepest condolences to all the family. She was and will continue to be a loving, loving, and ever present light in this world.
    With love
    Aunt Carol

  3. Such a beautiful person inside and out! I was honored to have gotten to know and work with her at WingsNMore during our college careers. Heaven gained the sweetest soul. Prayers for her loved ones❤️

  4. The world will not be same without you baby girl. I loved our girl trips and our annual beach trip was my favorite. You were one of my girls TayTay and I will miss you to the moon and back.
    Love always, Momma Vey Vey

  5. Taylor was in my Language Arts class when she was in the 6th grade at Leander Middle School. She quickly became one of my favorite (and most memorable) students. Years later, she and I reconnected on Facebook and I loved following her story and seeing what a beautiful woman she had become (both inside and out). I even sent her a picture a few years ago that I had dug up of her dressed up for our annual living museum (I’m going to search for that picture today). I am very saddened to hear of her passing. She was such a beautiful soul who made an impact on so many. Obviously after 24 years of teaching, and thousands of students later, she made a memorable, positive impact on me. I am going to miss her dearly. Praying for comfort for her family during this very difficult time.

  6. a light and love to all she met. I didn’t n is her personally yet when I was in town and Taylor was in the house there was excitement of love and joy present. Thank you

  7. I knew Taylor as a sweet and caring person. She was so amazingly strong and courageous. The best daughter, sister and aunt. I can see how much she has loved and it’s so inspiring.

  8. Taylor, you were so loved and such an amazing girl. I’m so lucky to have met you even I’ve we only hung out a few times! Fly high pretty girl!!

  9. Taylor had a heart of gold and always went out of her way to make you feel loved and special. She was inspiration to so many and her spunk, kindness and fun loving nature will be truly missed. Praying for all of her family and friends during this time.

  10. We are so sad to hear of Taylor’s passing. Please know that we care and send sincere condolences and love.
    From your old friends,

  11. Just now saw this! So sorry for your loss, May God give you the blessings you all need, Peace Be with You and Family

  12. Jay, Leanne, Cory and family,
    We are so saddened by the passing of Taylor. There are no words to help you through this pain. Hold onto all those many, many wonderful memories. They will get you through this. And call upon our Lord and Savior, he has big plans for Taylor and will help you all through this. You are all in our prayers and thoughts during this.
    Love & prayers,
    Larry, Deeleane & Laci Futch

  13. Leanne and family,
    My sincere condolences to you and your family. Taylor was a beautiful young lady inside and out. I know how proud you were of her. God must have had a special need for her. Remember all those special memories and prayers are coming your way.

  14. May your memory live on forever in your angel wings fly high.
    You guys are in my prayers.
    Love In Christ
    Barbara Bairrington

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