Myrtle Kathryn Taylor (affectionately known as Sweet Pea), 79, died suddenly at home on August 21, 2021 from Covid. Due to the Covid pandemic, there will not be a public service.
Myrtle was born January 15, 1942, in Lenoir County, NC, to the late Mamie Taylor and Thurman S. Taylor. Those left to cherish her memory include a brother Thurman Stephan Taylor (Kinston) and a sister, Jennifer Taylor Pierce and her husband Robert S. Pierce, and their children, J. Taylor Pierce, Scott M. Pierce, and S. Logan Pierce (Winston-Salem NC).
Myrtle graduated from Southwood School in 1960 and received an advanced degree from Women's College (UNC Greensboro) in 1962. She enjoyed a long career with the Lenoir County Health Department, retiring after 42 years of service. She had a passion for fishing and gardening. She was actively involved in Tabernacle Free Will Baptist Church and attended regularly until the Covid pandemic.
Myrtle was a wonderful Sister, Aunt, and Friend. She was a compassionate, loving person who was always an advocate for those less fortunate. She was always outspoken and had a wonderful sense of humor. She did what she wanted to do and sometimes did not listen when her family hoped she would. In particular, we are saddened that Myrtle refused to get the Covid vaccine despite her family's strong encouragement.
The family wants to give a special thanks to Cousin Linda Sprencel who transported Myrtle for regular medical care during the last few years. We also want to extend special thanks to our friends James Gilbert and Ben Parrish of Lenoir County for the kindness they displayed toward Myrtle and brother, Steve, for many years and especially during this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any contributions be made to Lights of Love at UNC Lenoir Memorial Hospital or the charity of their choice. In addition, the family hopes that everyone who has not received the Covid vaccine promptly gets it for themselves, their family, and the community.
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