Mary Catherine Armstrong Taylor

Mary Catherine Armstrong Taylor, 92, of Slate, W.Va., died April 12, 2013, at the Camden Clark Medical Center.

She was born Aug. 7, 1920, in Parkersburg, a daughter of the late William Joshua and Edna Elizabeth Fisher Armstrong. She was the last living Charter Member of Broadway Baptist Church (aka Harmony Baptist Church) on 10th & Elder Streets. Because of her love for reading, she did book reviews for the church newsletter. She was married 72 years to Charles Edwin Taylor, who preceded her in death in Nov. 2011. She began her career in sales, working at Porter’s Lunch, then was hired at Stout’s Drugstore, transferring to Central Pharmacy, where she worked for six years until 1947 when she and Charles began their family. In 1957, she bought and operated Taylor’s Superette on Rayon Drive, and sold it in 1962 when she and her husband began operating Taylor’s Big Red Market in Mineral Wells. Mary spent many hours writing letters to family and friends. She was also an unpublished poet. She loved camping with the Good Sam Club Members, and she and Charles made annual trips to Florida to stay for three months for nearly 30 years. Her love for family was evident, as she handmade quilts for many and made special cakes (or chocolate pies) for each of her girl’s and grandchildren’s birthdays. She loved being outdoors playing badminton, croquet or shuffleboard, pitching horseshoes or beanbag toss (aka Cornhole), gardening, feeding the hummingbirds and watering her flowers. She canned or froze the garden vegetables, apples and pears from their numerous fruit trees. Rarely a day went by that scrabble, card games or dominoes wasn’t played at the Taylor home.

She is survived by three daughters, Judith Ann (Leonard) Boston, Nancy Elizabeth (Harry) Bond and Sue Ellen Taylor, all of Wood County; seven grandchildren, Eric (Linda) Boston of Cleveland, Tenn., Brenda (William) Castaldi of Oviedo, Fla., Christopher (Heather) Bond of St. Louis, Mo., Sheri Bond of Mineral Wells, Howard (Brienna) Derenberger of Marietta, Ohio, Joshua Derenberger and Nicole Haugh of Parkersburg; 13 great-grandchildren, Brittany (Dipal) Chaudhari, Nathan and Emmie Boston, Tyrese Castaldi, Kyle, Jayden and Izabel Derenberger, Chad and Harrison Bond, Quinton Smith Bond and Aurora, and Trinity and Izek Taylor; two great-great-grandsons, Jayden and Jackson Chaudhari; and nephew, Lewis Lee Armstrong, and niece, Drusilla Bumpass, and their families. Her cat, Shadow, will miss her.

The family wants to thank Mary’s Cargivers Connie, Stacey, Cheryl and Amy, and her nephew, Lee Armstrong, for their faithfulness in loving, protecting and caring for Mary.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law, Lewis (Irene) Armstrong; and her sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth (Ray) Masterson.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with grandsons, Eric S. Boston and Christopher M. Bond officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memory Gardens. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Friday, and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wood County Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 462, Parkersburg, WV 26102.

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