TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY
On Oct. 27, 2013, Nellie W. Taylor was softly and gently called home.
Awaiting her arrival are her parents, Ben and Bessie (nee Rodgers) Williams; daughter, Leota R. Taylor; sons, Oakley P. (Paul) and Wilburn D. (Dale) Taylor; brothers, Clyde, Kenneth and Earnest Williams; sisters, Mabel Williams Martin Wyrick and Ruth Williams Haney; plus a host of other dear relatives and friends who also predeceased her.
Celebrating Nellie’s 96 years of life are her son, Raeburn and his wife Doris, of Brooksville, Fla.; daughter-in-law, Gail Taylor, of Cadyville, N.Y.; grandson, Wade Taylor, of Tampa, Fla.; four granddaughters, Dawn (Bruce) Chapple, of Cadyville, N.Y., Diana (Dennis) Livermore, of Dannemora, N.Y.; Debbie (Kevin) Rose, of Plattsburgh, N.Y.; and Amanda Taylor, of Brooksville, Fla.; four great-grandsons, Benjamin (Kiley), Keith, Wesley (Kaycee) and Taylor Chapple; five great-granddaughters, Nichole (Nick) Darrah, Tiffany and Rachel Livermore and Korrine and Heather LaBarre; seven great-great grandchildren, Kamryn, Ryan, Aiden, Owen, Alexis, Piper and Adrian. She is also survived by one brother, Ben Williams, of Ideal, Ga.
Ms. Taylor was born on March 26, 1917 near the banks of her beloved Laurel River in Laurel County. In 1944, she moved to Detroit, Mich. to join the war effort at Briggs Manufacturing (later Chrysler Corporation) as a “Rosie the Riveter.” Having fought for the civil rights movement since the 1950s, many will remember her fierce passion for equal justice for all. After retiring from VanPelt Corporation, she spent countless hours keeping in touch with relatives, both close and distant; and friends, both old and new. A woman of many talents, Nellie was an accomplished seamstress, doll maker, ceramics designer, historian, artist and author. Among her seven published books are works of fiction, life experiences and compilations peppered with her own artwork and family photos.
In keeping with her wishes, there will be no public services. In lieu of flowers, she asked others to support their favorite charity; remember the least among us; and practice unexpected good works.
Meadows-Oglethorpe Funeral Chapel of Oglethorpe, Ga. is in charge of funeral arrangements.