Etta Elaine Taylor July 29, 1925 November 9, 2012 Surrounded by her family, Elaine Taylor, 87, of State College, passed peacefully at her residence. She was born at home on a farm outside of Walnut, Ill., on July 29, 1925, and died at her home in Houserville on Nov. 9, 2012. The daughter of Etta and Howard Peach, she graduated from Walnut High School in 1943 along with her high-school sweetheart, Donald Taylor. The two later married on June 21, 1947 after she obtained a teaching certificate from Illinois State University. The couple celebrated their 65th anniversary this year. Elaine was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt. Above all, she enjoyed spending time with her family. She instilled in others the joys of a family's love and the value of maintaining a positive outlook on life. She was deeply loved and will be greatly missed. Elaine is survived by her husband, Donald Taylor; two daughters, Dawn Taylor and Linnette Taylor; two granddaughters, Amy Taylor and Jennifer Taylor; and three great-grandchildren, Laurel Taylor Baughman, Quinn Taylor Baughman, and Emma Taylor-Salinas, all of Centre County. In addition, she is survived by her sister, Marilyn Lubbs, and five nieces, all of Bureau County, Ill., where Elaine was born and raised. Prior to moving to State College in 2004, she and her husband lived in Ottawa, Ill. for 49 years. A simple memorial service for friends and family will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at 3 p.m., at Spring Creek Park where the family celebrated many happy occasions. An open house will follow until 6:30 p.m. at the family residence at 280 Spring Street in State College. Funeral services will take place at a future point in time in Walnut, Ill. with interment at the Walnut Cemetery where generations of the Peach family have been laid to rest since the 1800s. Contributions in memory of Elaine may be given to Care Partnership: Communities That Care at State College Police Department, 234 S. Allen Street, State College, PA 16801.
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Published in Centre Daily Times on Nov. 18, 2012