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OCT. 2, 1933 -- APRIL 26, 2005

Elizabeth J. Taylor of Clarence, a retired medical assistant, died unexpectedly Tuesday in Millard Fillmore Hospital. She was 71.

Born in Batavia, Miss Taylor was a graduate of Tonawanda High School and worked as a secretary for Riverside Chemical and Wurlitzer Co.

She earned an associate's degree in medical assisting from Erie Community College and worked for 35 years in several medical offices, retiring last October from Amherst Surgical Center.

Miss Taylor taught evening classes in medical assisting for several years at ECC and Tonawanda High School.

She was an active member of the Clarence Concert Association. Surviving are a sister, Eleanor Kuczkowski of North Tonawanda, and a brother, William of West Haven, Conn.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:15 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, 10950 Main St., Clarence. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.