“She said she would walk the streets in Atlanta and look for work,” her daughter, Norleen Lester, said. “Sometimes it would be for a day, sometimes for weeks, clear up through 1938.”
During her long life, Mrs. Taylor earned a reputation as a committed volunteer at church functions. Even as a child, her chief activity and entertainment surrounded church, Lester said.
“They didn’t go out for outings,” she said.
Taylor’s commitments went beyond church. She was also a skilled caregiver.
Her niece, Ruby Camp, credits her with saving her life when, as an infant in 1931, doctors had all but given up on quieting a fever she had developed.
Camp said her mother told her that her aunt spent days ministering to her, praying, keeping her bathed, applying ointments and giving her catnip tea. The treatments worked and Camp grew to consider her as a mother when her own mother died.
“She loved reading and always taught us to do right,” Mrs. Camp said.
In 1938, Mrs. Taylor moved in with her sister, assisting as a midwife. It was during this time, she met her future husband, Hayden John Wesley Taylor.
They were married for almost 50 years until his death in 1987. They had five children, two of them twins who died within a year of birth.
Her oldest grandchild, Nick Lester, remembered that she always prayed three times a day. At night, she always made sure the grandchildren got down on their knees beside her and prayed with her, he said.
“No matter what, she was a great listener and always had a Bible-based answer for your problem,” he said.