Marjorie R. Taylor

Published 7:24 am Monday, June 10, 2013

GREENVILLE – Marjorie Rowe Taylor, 90, a resident of Cypress Glen Methodist Retirement Community in Greenville, NC passed away on June 3, 2013.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Alton Floyd Rowe, Sr. and Rosalee Sasser Rowe; her husband, Wilson Clay Taylor; and her brother, Alton Floyd Rowe, Jr.

Born in Ayden, NC, Mrs. Taylor resided there for twenty-one years before moving to Ahoskie, NC where she lived for sixty-four years.  Mrs. Taylor attended Ayden High School where she graduated as valedictorian of her class in 1940.  She went on to attend East Carolina Teachers College where she graduated in 1944 with an AB degree in business education.  She graduated in the top ten percent of her class and was a member of Pi Omega Pi chapter of the Beta Kappa honorary business fraternity. After graduation, Mrs. Taylor moved to Ahoskie, NC where she taught business education for thirty years for the Hertford County School System.  She retired from the school system in 1983.

While living in Ahoskie, Mrs. Taylor was a member of the Ahoskie United Methodist Church; the Ahoskie Women’s Club; the Thursday Book Club, where she served as treasurer; the North Carolina Association of Educators; and the Hertford County Retired School Personnel, where she served as treasurer for 11 years.  She volunteered for the Ahoskie Food Bank and for the Gift Shop located in Roanoke-Chowan Hospital.  She also served on the Auxiliary Board of Roanoke-Chowan Hospital in Ahoskie, NC.  Cypress Glen has been home to Mrs. Taylor since 2008.  While in Greenville, she became a member of Jarvis Memorial Methodist Church.

Mrs. Taylor is survived by her son, William Alton Taylor and his wife, Lavena of Greenville, NC; her daughter, Patricia Taylor Gillis and her husband, Robert of Asheville, NC; four grandchildren, Dr. Chris Taylor and his wife, Katie of New Bern, NC, Michael Taylor and his wife Heather of Greenville, NC, Mrs. Jennifer Taylor Anthony and her husband Todd of Graham, NC and Megan Elizabeth Gillis of Asheville, NC; and seven great grandchildren.

A Memorial Service was held for family and friends of Mrs. Taylor in the Brown Chapel at Cypress Glen Methodist Retirement Community with a reception following the service in the Four Seasons Room on Saturday June 8, 2013. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Cypress Glen Benevolent Fund at Cypress Glen Methodist Retirement Community in Greenville, NC.

Arrangements are by Farmer Funeral Service in Ayden. You may e-mail condolences to