Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 3:13 pm
The Messenger, July 21, 2010
Nancy Taylor, 85, of Buffalo, N.Y., a former resident of South Fulton, died 1:30 a.m. July 20, 2010, at her home.
Services will be noon Monday at New Hope Baptist Church at 543 Richmond Ave., in Buffalo, with the Revs. Leroy Jefferson and Hershel Chapman officiating. Interment will follow there in Forrest Lawn Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the hour of services Monday at the funeral home.
The family requests that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society of Buffalo, NY, 101 John James Audubon Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14228.
She was born Feb. 21, 1925, in South Fulton, daughter of the late Ophelia Bowman and Marshall Taylor. She attended the former Rosenwald School in South Fulton and the former Miles High School in Union City and moved to Buffalo in 1950. She was a nurse at Roswell Cancer Institute in Buffalo and for Buffalo Public School No. 53 and was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Buffalo, where she was a member of numerous committees and served in several capacities.
She was recognized as a 50-year faithful member of the church in 2001 and was nominated for the Community Hero Award for outstanding volunteer service to her community from United Way of Western New York in 2003. She also donated time to Hospitalized Veterans USA, served as president of the PTA and coordinated parent volunteers in her community, providing individual care for neglected children and making sure they had the supplies they needed.
She is survived by her daughter, Ophelia Denise Taylor-Pope of Buffalo; four grandchildren, Roosevelt Tidwell III of Rochester, Damon Tidwell of Harlem, N.Y., and Malika Pope and Brandi Pope, both of Buffalo; four great-grandchildren, Deneé Tidwell of Amherst, N.Y., and Xavion Collins, Mahagony Moby and Barrian Mobley, all of Buffalo; her brother, Willie Franklin Smith of South Fulton; her niece, Cassandra Smith of South Fulton; two nephews, Kenneth Irvin and Keith Irvin, both of Dresden; and two cousins, Jerry Drew of Silver Springs, Md., and Terry Hilliard of Chicago.
She was also preceded in death by her sister, Emily Hands.