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Marie Gladys Taylor, 85

May 22, 2009

DEC. 19, 1923-MAY 18, 2009

Marie Gladys Taylor, beloved daughter of the late Edgar H. Smith and Mamie Suder Smith, was born in Big Pool, Md. on Dec. 19, 1923.

She attended nurses training at Maryland General Hospital, and received her registered nursing license on July 16, 1947. She specialized in private duty nursing, and retired in January 1986.

She married Edwin Wildey Taylor on June 21, 1951. This union produced two sons, David and Edwin Taylor.

During the 1960s, Marie performed volunteer work at the Light Street Mission in Baltimore, with her good friend Alice Bentley. She, along with other volunteers, provided for the spiritual and physical needs of more than 40 children.

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Marie loved the Lord and spent much of her time reading the Bible, praying, and telling others about the wondrous love of Jesus. She was baptized on Oct. 29, 1955, at the Baltimore First Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church. She later became a member of the Towson SDA Church (now Pikesville SDA) and was well-loved by members of her church family, who affectionately called her Sister Taylor. Marie once again became involved with children when she became an active leader in the Children's Ministry Department. In this capacity, she taught Bible stories, sang melodious songs, and prepared delicious and healthy snacks for the children. She also prepared the consecrated bread for the church's communion services, until she was too ill to do so.

Marie leaves to cherish her memory her surviving relatives: Husband, Edwin W. Taylor Sr.; sons David Craig Taylor and Edwin W. Taylor Jr. (Barbara); sister Evelyn Brendle (William); brother Vincent Patrick Smith; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Additional survivors who although not blood-related, she considered them family: Rafie Fahiz, who moved in with the family in 1984 after being forced to leave Afghanistan - she considered him to be her third son; Andy Abrams (her son David's best friend) who took a leave of absence from his work to stay with her around the clock for much of her last few months of life - she thought of him as her fourth son; Gayona Beckford-Barclay, who Marie always thought of as her daughter, and who has spent untold hours with her over the past few months.

Marie will also be missed by her church family and a host of other relatives and friends.

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