Mildred M. Taylor

February 21, 1909 ‒ December 29, 2006

Delaware, Ohio

Mildred McDonald Taylor, age 97 formerly of Columbus Ave., Delaware died Friday morning, December 29, 2006 in Johnstown.

The daughter of the late Charles M. and Hattie F. (Fleming) McDonald, she was born on February 21, 1909 in Fleming, Ohio. A graduate of Miami University in 1927 with a 2 year teaching degree, she taught first grade for a year in Hamilton, Ohio saving her money to fulfill her dream of being a nurse. In 1933 she received her nursing degree from John Hopkins Nursing School in Baltimore, MD.

She then entered the nursing field, becoming the head nurse at the Methodist Children’s Home in Worthington. In 1938 she met and married her husband of 59 years: Arthur Taylor, he preceded her in death on November 28, 1997.

She and her husband kept infants in their home until they were adopted. She continued to open her home throughout the years to both children and the elderly of the Delaware community. For years, a small number of World War I veterans were sheltered in the Taylor home. Her motivation was the sad discharging of older veterans from hospitals to make room for the younger veterans of World War II. They lived out their days in a true home.

Mildred had a never ending ability to help people, illustrated by her life achievements; a homeroom mother at the former Boardman School, Den Mother, 4-H leader, or Girl Scout leader. She was instrumental in organizing the Delaware County Senior Citizens organization. Before the group had a home, she opened her home for meetings and assisted the organization with fundraising over the years with her extensive sewing and craft talents.

Mildred was active in the field of mental health and beginning in 1973 through the next 20 years was as member of the Delaware Morrow County Mental Health Association Board. In 1984 she helped organized the Families In Touch group.

For well over 50 years she was a member of William Street United Methodist Church, when able assisting the church community with everything from cleaning to in home visits.

Described as “a little person who has done big things with her life”, in 1989 she was bestowed the honor of being inducted into the Central Ohio Senior Citizens’ Hall of Fame. She was a care provider of great talent of both young and old, who made others feel special and more importantly loved.

Survived by Daughter: Sally Kelly of Columbus, Son: Thomas A. (Heidi) Taylor of Ft. Myers, Florida, numerous foster children, Grandsons: Shawn (Angela) Kelly and Ryan Taylor, 3 Great-grandchildren: Aubrey, Devin, Angelica Kelly.

Her family would like to thank the Ruth Deskins family of Johnstown for their tender care provided for the last 8 years.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by a brother: Karl McDonald, Sisters: Mary McDonald, Grace Davis, half-Brother: Clarence McDonald killed in WW I, and foster daughter: Laura Wilson.

Friends may call Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 75 W. William St., Delaware, where services will be held Thursday 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Sharon Beattie of the William United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to William St. United Methodist Church, 28 W. William St., Delaware, Ohio 43015.

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