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November 9, 1919 December 28, 2012
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Erma Gross Taylor was born on November 9, 1919 in Philadelphia, PA, the only child of Nellie Gross. She was raised by her grandparents, Henry and Maggie Gross of Adelina, MD. She fell asleep in death on Friday, December 28, 2012 at her home in Prince Frederick, MD. Erma attended a small one-room school in Adelina before attending Central High School, where she became salutatorian of her class. During the early 1900’s, there were no buses traveling to Adelina for black students so Erma had to walk 5 miles in order to catch the bus to school and 5 miles back home each day. In 1936, Erma married her husband, John Taylor, in Philadelphia, PA. To this union, five children were born: two girls, Peggy and Erma Clarice, and three boys, Elmer, Earl, and Henry Anthony. They raised their family in Prince Frederick, MD where they remained for 71 years until John preceded her in death on January 7, 2008. Erma was a very unique person. She was smart and extremely wise. For many years she worked as a substitute teacher for the Calvert County Public Schools. She was an excellent cook and was known for her homemade rolls, fried chicken and her scrumptious cherry dumplings. A champion canner, she won a prize at the local fair for her delectable jars of pears. She possessed many talents, one of which was drawing. Erma was a strong-willed and very determined person and did whatever was necessary to meet the goals she set for herself and her family. She was extremely family-oriented and she devoted herself to her husband and her children which always came first in her life, second only to serving Jehovah God. Erma Taylor dedicated her life to Jehovah on May 28, 1966. Saying she loved to read is an understatement, and she loved to talk to others about Jehovah and share her knowledge and wisdom with any and everyone who would listen. She was both a full-time and a part-time pioneer over the years, as time permitted. She always had an encouraging word for everyone she met and will be remembered for her strength, her dedication and her uplifting spirit. Left to cherish her loving memory are her five children, Peggy Taylor Leeper of Prince Frederick, MD, Elmer D. Taylor of Framingham, MA, Earl M. Taylor (Ann) of Prince Frederick, MD, Erma Clarice Taylor of Washington, DC and Henry Anthony Taylor (Bonet) of Prince Frederick, MD; six grandchildren, Wayne Taylor, Sharon Taylor, Angela Leeper, Stephen Taylor, Curtis Taylor (Monique), and Christopher Taylor; three great-granchildren, Candace Curtis, Noah Taylor and Jonah Taylor and host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.


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