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Natalie W. Taylor, longtime Alden community leader

July 15, 1926 – April 30, 2015

Natalie W. Taylor, a longtime volunteer and onetime Alden Citizen of the Year, died April 30 in Brothers of Mercy Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Clarence. She was 88.

Known as Nancy to her friends and family, Mrs. Taylor was known for her decades of volunteer work, including the 45 years she spent playing the piano and organ for residents of the former Erie County Home in Alden.

Family members say “her thing” was love of family and people in general.

Mrs. Taylor also was active with the Boy Scouts – Troop 82 in Alden was her pride and joy – and the Presbyterian Church of Alden, where she was a deacon and leader of the Adult Group and the Couple Club.

The Alden Chamber of Commerce named Mrs. Taylor and her husband, Norman, as Citizens of the Year in 1998. She was honored again in 2004 when the Masonic Fraternity, Akron Lodge 527, gave her its DeWitt Clinton Award for Community Service.

Mrs. Taylor also was honored by Niagara Frontier Recreation and Parks and the Western New York Service for the Aging.

Survivors include her husband of more than 70 years; two daughters, Pamela Saupe and Marsha Farber; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held last week in Presbyterian Church of Alden.

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