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Margery R. Taylor

Feb. 22, 1933 – Dec. 12, 2015

Margery R. Taylor, of Amherst, an advocate for the disabled, died Dec. 12 in ElderWood Health Care at Oakwood, Amherst. She was 82.

Born in Buffalo, the former Margery Ann Rupp was a graduate of Amherst High School and attended Alfred State College.

Following the birth of a daughter with disabilities, Beth, in 1960, Mrs. Taylor dedicated herself to assisting the disabled. She and her husband were leading fundraisers for SABAH and Heritage Christian Services.

She helped establish a collaboration between Heritage and St. Stephens-Bethlehem United Church of Christ to build a group home for adults on church property. She also successfully lobbied in Albany to obtain state funds for the project.

She was a member of St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church.

Her husband of 61 years, Charles E., the first principal of Maplemere Elementary School in the Sweet Home School District, died in 2013.

Survivors include two daughters, Charyl Safley and Beth; a sister, Dedra Rupp; two grandchildren and a great-grandson.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church, 2368 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda.

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