She was the last living Charter Member of Broadway Baptist Church (aka
Harmony Baptist Church) on 10th & Elder Streets. Because of her love for
reading she did book reviews for the church newsletter.
She was married 72 years to Charles Edwin Taylor, who preceded her in death
in November, 2011.
She began her career in sales working at Porter's Lunch, then was hired at
Stout's Drugstore, transferring to Central Pharmacy where she worked for 6
years until 1947 when she & Charles began their family. In 1957 she bought
& operated Taylor's Superette on Rayon Drive, sold it in 1962 when she and
her husband began operating Taylor's Big Red Market in Mineral Wells.
Mary spent many hours writing letters to family & friends. She was also an
unpublished poet. She loved camping with the Good Sam Club Members and she
and Charles made annual trips to Florida to stay for 3 month for nearly 30
years. Her love for family was evident, as she handmade quilts for many and
made special cakes (or chocolate pies) for each of her girl's and
grandchildren's Birthdays. She loved being outdoors playing badmitton,
croquet, or shuffleboard, pitching horseshoes or beanbag toss (aka
Cornhole), gardening, feeding the hummingbirds, watering her flowers. She
canned or froze the garden vegetables and apples and pears from their
numerous fruit trees. Rarely a day went by that scrabble, card games or
dominoes wasn't played at the Taylor home.
She is survived by three daughters, Judith Ann (Leonard) Boston, Nancy
Elizabeth (Harry) Bond, Sue Ellen Taylor all of Wood County; 7 grandchildren
Eric (Linda) Boston of Cleveland, TN, Brenda (William) Castaldi of Oviedo,
FL, Christopher (Heather) Bond of St. Louis, MO, Sheri Bond of Mineral
Wells, Howard (Brienna) Derenberger of Marietta, OH, Joshua Derenberger, and
Nicole Haugh of Parkersburg; 13 great grandchildren Brittany (Dipal)
Chaudhari, Nathan & Emmie Boston, Tyrese Castaldi, Kyle, Jayden, and Izabel
Derenberger, Chad & Harrison Bond, Quinton Smith Bond, and Aurora, Trinity &
Izek Taylor; two great great grandsons Jayden and Jackson Chaudhari; nephew
Lewis Lee Armstrong and niece Drusilla Bumpass and their families. Her cat,
Shadow, will miss her. The family wants to thank Mary's Cargivers Connie,
Stacey, Cheryl, Amy and her nephew Lee Armstrong for their faithfulness in
loving, protecting and caring for Mary.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her
brother and sister-in-law Lewis (Irene) Armstrong and her sister and
brother-in-law, Elizabeth (Ray) Masterson.
Services will be Saturday 2:00 pm at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg
with grandsons, Eric S. Boston and Christopher M. Bond officiating.
Burial will be at Sunset Memory Gardens.
Visitation will be Friday 5-8 pm and Saturday one hour prior to the service
at the funeral home.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Wood County Habitat for Humanity, P.O.
Box 462, Parkersburg, WV 26102.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.LeavittFuneralHome.com
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