Dec. 9, 1951 – May 5, 2015
Elaine G. Taylor, a retired M&T vice president and business development officer who held several banking positions throughout her 30-year career, died Tuesday. She was 63.
Born Elaine G. Garnett in Buffalo, she was the youngest of five children. She attended Buffalo Public Schools and graduated from East High School in 1969. She attended Christ Crusaders Assembly Church, under the leadership of her father, the late Rev. Herbert Garnett, where she accepted Christ at an early age. In 2003, she joined Elim Christian Fellowship under the pastoral leadership of Bishop T. Anthony Bronner and was an active member of the usher board.
Mrs. Taylor’s banking career spanned more than 30 years, beginning with six years at Citizens and Southern National Bank of Atlanta. During this period, she worked for Citizens Bank’s budget department and in general accounting. In December 1979, she returned to Buffalo and took a position with M&T Bank in accounts payable and invoicing at the Amherst Center on Wehrle Drive. Continuing her career at the center, she served one year each as a financial control system maintenance clerk and a control clerk, prior to a three-year period as a customer service representative.
From 1985 to 1989, she served as a personal bank adviser at the Eastern Hills branch. From there, she moved to the Main-Delavan branch as an assistant manager. She also assisted in both the Empire and Goldome acquisitions. In October 1990, she assumed the position of second assistant manager at the then-Empire branch on Grant Street, prior to her promotion to manager at the Kensington branch.
After being diagnosed with multiple myeloma, she retired from M&T in January 2014 as a vice president and business development officer.
Volunteering was her passion. She was active in a variety of community initiatives for M&T, as well as the Taste of Buffalo and Juneteenth Festival. She was instrumental in organizing the Children’s Hospital Holiday Party.
Her commitment to the Buffalo community was acknowledged as the recipient of the Black Achievers Award and Thomas and Mary Randolph Volunteer of the Year Award. She was a member of the board of Kensington Bailey Neighborhood Housing Services, and oversaw rental properties for the organization. She also was director and officer of the e M&T Club.
Mrs. Taylor was a member of the NAACP, a volunteer for the Negro College Fund’s annual fundraiser and a member of the Greater Buffalo Partnership, now the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.
Survivors include three daughters, Monica White, Melissa and Marna; two brothers, David and Russell Garnett; a sister, Loreen Gant; and eight grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Elim Christian Fellowship, 70 Chalmers Ave.