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Taylor celebrates centennial
Taylor 100
Mary Helen Taylor turned 100 on Thursday. Standing with her behind the cake are from left, son Whit Taylor of McMinnville, daughter Susan Miller of Franklin, and son David Taylor of Harvest, Ala.

Mary Helen Taylor celebrated 100 years of life with her family on Sunday, Oct. 20 at McMinnville Country Club. 

She was born Oct. 24, 1919 at Temperance Hall, Tenn. She was the daughter of Henry Grady and Daisy Dean Turner and attended Gordonsville High School and Tennessee Tech University.  She married J.W. Taylor of Brush Creek, Tenn., on Jan. 1, 1938 and they were blessed with 76 years together until his death in 2014.  

They had lived in Nashville, Corpus Christi, Texas, Brush Creek, and Lafayette before moving to McMinnville in 1991. They joined McMinnville First United Methodist Church where she still attends. They shared many adventures traveling across the United States, visiting Australia, Canada, Israel, and Egypt.  

Her hobbies have included crocheting, knitting for the church’s prayer shawl ministry, and working with stained glass. She still enjoys reading and working crossword puzzles. She has three children, six grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren and always enjoys their visits.

“We had a great day celebrating mother’s 100th birthday,” said son David Taylor. “There were 40 people attending, mostly family that enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate with her and spend time with those who had not been together for some time. McMinnville Country Club was a perfect venue for the event and they provided an excellent meal for us.”