Helen Elizabeth Wolfe Taylor
Helen Elizabeth Wolfe Taylor, of Orange, Va., went home to be with the Lord on Nov. 22, 2012, at Culpeper Regional Hospital in Culpeper, Va.
She was born on Dec. 7, 1921, to the late Harry E. Wolfe and Viola Mae Sipes Wolfe (Ice) in Armstrong County, Pa.
She is preceded in death by two brothers, Eugene Wolfe and Walter Wolfe; and two sisters, Dorothy (Howard) Hunt and Lillian (Charles) Simpson.
She lived most of her life in West Virginia, attending schools in Beach Bottom and Wellsburg, prior to moving to Parkersburg where she graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1939. She was a cashier and bookkeeper at People’s Life Insurance Company for many years before moving to Morgantown and then Bridgeport. There Mrs. Taylor was active in the Junior League, the Bridgeport Country Club, and Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. In 1962, she returned to Parkersburg, the city she loved and was so proud of. She was employed by the Internal Revenue Service and then, once again, by the People’s Life Insurance Company, where she retired in 1976.
A member of Grace Baptist Church in Parkersburg, Mrs. Taylor was among the founding members and remained devoted to the church. She wrote poetry and loved music. While living at Parkland Place Senior Citizens High Rise, she was one of the organizing members of the Parkland Place Rhythm Band, and was honored to play with the band during the festivities of President Ronald Reagan’s visit to Parkersburg in 1984. Although Parkersburg was always her heart’s home, in 2010, she moved to Virginia to be closer to family.
Mrs. Taylor is survived by two sons, Theodore Taylor Jr. of Alaska and Randal Taylor and his wife, Wanda, of Virginia; a daughter, Deborah Dodge of Virginia; a stepdaughter, Terry Mullin of Arizona; four grandchildren, Ericka Dodge of Maine, Timothy Dodge of Virginia, Kimberly Judy of Virginia and Randal Taylor II of Virginia; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Following a graveside service, Mrs. Taylor was interred at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Parkersburg, W.Va.