PEORIA - Natalie Stephens Taylor, 26, of 1002 W. Stratford Drive in Peoria passed away at 1:45 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2009, at her home.
She was born May 1, 1983, in Peoria to Chuck and Mary Stephens Taylor.
They survive along with her sisters, Andrea (Andrew) Whitten of Dunlap and Jena Taylor of Peoria; her brother, Cameron Taylor of Peoria; one niece, Rosemary Whitten; two nephews, Benjamin and William Whitten; and her grandmothers, Helen Taylor of Morton and Rosabell Stephens of Peoria.
Natalie is also survived by her godparents, Fred and Julie Braid of Melbourne Beach, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Ward Taylor and Donald Stephens, and her uncle, Jerry Stephens.
Natalie graduated from Peoria Notre Dame High School in 2001. She was a 2005 graduate of the University of Central Florida, receiving degrees in history and religious studies. While attending UCF, she was involved in Tri Delta sorority, holding various offices within her sorority and National Panhellenic Council. She also served as a university student senator in 2003-2004.
A cause that was near and dear to Natalie's heart was St. Jude Children's Hospital. She participated in various events while in college to benefit St. Jude and was thrilled to be a Memphis-to-Peoria runner in the summer of 2007.
She was a member of St. Philomena Catholic Church.
Natalie lived in Chicago from February 2007 until October 2008, working for Quick Leonard Kieffer International while pursuing her graduate degree from the University of Illinois.
A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at her church, with the Rev. Patrick Collins and the Rev. David Richardson officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, from 4 to 8 p.m., at her church, and one hour prior to the Mass on Wednesday.
Cremation rites will be accorded, and private burial of cremains will be in Resurrection Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials can be made to the Cancer Center for Healthy Living, St. Jude Midwest Affiliate or St. Philomena School.
Wright & Salmon Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Tributes and condolences can be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com.
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