Katie Nell Taylor
Brown-Wynne Funeral Home
200 Southeast Maynard Road
Cary, NC
Katie Nell Taylor
Katie Nell Taylor, 18, slipped away from us on Thursday, February 3, 2011.
There are so many words to describe Katie. Most of these words are joyous and jovial. She meant something different to all who knew her. Through all of the trials and tribulations, she was the smile that pulled us through. A graduating senior at Cary High, she had already been accepted to Meredith College with a large academic scholarship.
Much of her free-time was devoted to animals, mostly cats. She was a regular at the large cat rescue in Pittsboro and also at two feral cat rescue centers around the Triangle.
We all are going to miss every one of her witty and sarcastic jokes, her off-kilter smile, her deep brown eyes or even those big clonking boots. All Katie would want is for you to smile and help make her dreams come true.
A North Carolina native, she was born in Raleigh on December 19, 1992. Katie is survived by her parents, Tina Taylor of Cary and Roy Taylor of Durham, as well as her brother, Nick Bellamy of Chapel Hill.
Visitation will be held from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 200 SE Maynard Road, Cary. A Celebration of Katie's Life will be held 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 11, 2011 at Greenwood Forest Baptist Church, 110 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
In lieu of flowers, her family would like any donations to be given to Carolina Tiger Rescue, 1940 Hanks Chapel Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312 ([email protected]).
Condolences may be sent through www.brownwynnecary.com.

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Published by The News & Observer from Feb. 8 to Feb. 9, 2011.
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Mine and Andrea's hearts are broken for you. Katie was a beautiful girl inside and out. When we moved to Raleigh in 2003, Andrea needed a friend. We prayed and ask God to send Andrea a special friend. Andrea then met Katie at West Cary Middle School. God had sent Katie to Andrea as that special friend, and she was every bit of that. We loved her and will never forget her.
Debra Hartley
February 17, 2011
My heart goes out to Katie's family. I had the privilege of working with her on several feral cat projects through our rescue group and was always struck by her inquisitive nature, sweet spirit and quiet determination. She was a friend to cats, great and small. She will be deeply missed.
Marie Pickering
February 12, 2011
We are so saddened to hear of the passing of your beautiful angel. Our thoughts, prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time in your lives. May all the prayers give you strength to get through the coming days.
Mike and Sharon O'Kelley
February 12, 2011
When my son entered Cary High in Ninth Grade, he came from Dillard Drive Middle and didn't know many people at Cary. It was Katie that would come and sit with him at lunch. She seemed to reach out to everyone.

I met her twice, once when the "group" went to the movies. She was "hung on Micheal's hip" and it was clear that the two of them had a very special relationship. It brought tears to my eyes at that moment because it was sweet and innocent.

The next time, and sadly the last time I saw Katie, was at the beginning of this year at the school opening. She and a couple friends came racing up to my son, Alex and hugged him. They were full of energy and so so beautiful.

It was like a whirl of love, light, boots and fire.

Katie brought a fire to her circle that clearly lives in them now. The tribute that they gave to her last night in Cary, showed her strengths; love, honesty, sincerity and a true unbeguiled heart.

What a gift Katie is to them, what a sacrifice that her parents brought her in to the world, cherished her, and allowed her to be.

Perhaps such lights are fated to burn but short and fierce so that we get our heart fires renewed.

In her wake, may we be loving, take care of our world and each other like Katie did.

God be with you Tina, Roy and all the family, thank you.
Marianne Coats
February 12, 2011
Luv you Katie, Here is a big HUG, My prayers are with you Tina and God bless the family.
Sherrye Alves
Raleigh, NC
February 11, 2011
Such a beautiful, lovely young lady. May God give you strength in the days ahead.May he comfort you and wrap you in his love.
February 11, 2011
Cpt. Taylor, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, as you go through this difficult time. Lean on your faith and your strength and both will get you throught this. Store the memories in your heart and they will be with you for the rest of your life. Thinking of you, Fontanne
Fontanne Bostic
February 10, 2011
We will always remember Katie as a beautiful girl with a wonderful sense of humor. Tina, Katie, and Blizzard were our "bus stop buddies" during the Morrisville Elem. school years and a contributing part of our Cary H.S. community. Our hearts are broken for the loss of Katie and all of the ways in which she would have continued to make the world a better place. Katie's legacy is a reminder for us to fully live each moment, that all living things are precious, to always have a sense of humor, to love your neighbor, and that every day is a heavenly gift. With loving prayers from The Markham Family - Kim, Kevin, Kyle, and Melissa
Kim Markham
February 10, 2011
Dear Roy,
When my wife and I saw the sad news about your daughter, our hearts went out to you and our eyes filled with tears. We were happy, though, to read of Katie's love for the Carolina Tiger Sanctuary. Having recently "discovered" it ourselves, we share Katie's enthusiasm for the work that they do there, and we are pleased to send a gift to both honor your daughter's memory and a place of good works. Roger and Lynne Gerber of Chatham County, NC
Roger Gerber
February 9, 2011
Roy, I never got to know your daughter very well but you and her Mom obviously raised a wonderful young lady. Having to deal with a chronically ill child ourselves, the only thing worse I can imagine is to have such a sudden and unexpected loss as your family has experienced. Our sincere sympathies and blessings to you and your family as you travel this most difficult of all journeys.
Winfield Hunter, Chief (Ret.)
February 9, 2011
Gone too soon~
I will miss you, your smile, your laughter and hearing about your many accomplishments. I am thankful for having the privilege to have known you and see you grow these last few years. You and your friendship will be sorely missed very very much.
Cheryl Hale
February 9, 2011

Watching Katie and Nick grow up from across the street has been a true blessing these past 15 years ( and a source of much humor). There wasn't a time we saw Katie that she did not make us chuckle with her sense of humor or grin. Our pets absolutely adored her, and she was like a "Cat Whisperer." Katie truly did make her mother and brother proud and will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege to know her.
Jon & Weslie Porter
February 9, 2011

Ray and I send our sincere sympathy and condolences at the loss of your daughter. You and your family are in our thoughts. - Gray Fullwood & Ray Richardson
Gray Fullwood
February 9, 2011
I was so deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Katie. I was Katie's 5th grade teacher at Morrisville, and what I remember most about her was her sincere love for animals. She had such a loving heart. May her family and friends find comfort in the loving memories of her.
Tiffany Kolinski
February 9, 2011
Tina: Eleanor, Brad and I were devastated this morning to learn of your loss. I'll never forget meeting that imaginative 1st grader who knew more facts about Ancient Egypt than most college students. She had a big heart for animals and a wry outlook on life even then, so I can well imagine she turned into the beautiful, engaging, selfless young woman your friends and family are describing. I pray that faith and the support of all of these many people who loved Katie can sustain you through the current shock and crisis and the difficult months and years ahead. Again, we are just so very, very sorry. With deepest condolences--Lydia, Brad, Eleanor and Frances
Lydia Tolar
February 9, 2011

I remember Katie as a spirited but shy and sweet 10 year old, and regret that I did not have the opportunity to know the young woman who earned an academic scholarship to Meredith College and devoted herself to the cats she so dearly loved. She was a great kid and I'm glad to have known her, and you, for a time. Take good care.

February 9, 2011
Hey i just wana say even though i met her freshman year she was one of the nicest girls that i had ever met. she got me through some tough times with kids at school and i used to date her. katie i will miss you severely and i hope your parents, family, and friends make it through.
Luke Johnson
February 9, 2011
Durham County Sheriff Worth L. Hill and Staff,
Send our sincere sympathy and condolences during this difficult time. You are all in our prayers.
Chief Deputy M. Andrews
February 8, 2011
Katie has always had my back during all of our adventures at the Carolina Tiger Rescue, even in the messiest of situations she always made everyone around her laugh with the wittiest of comments. She will be missed a lot not only by her fellow environmentalist but by everyone who ever came into contact with her. I'll never forget all the time we spent together picking up trash, making recycled trees, and playing with tigers.
Kelly Tan
February 8, 2011
I knew Katie from Operation Catnip. She was a wonderful, compassionate, beautiful girl who had the sharpest of minds. Her love for animals was infectious, as was her smile. Anytime I handed an Operation Catnip cat off to Katie, I knew he/she was in great hands. Katie would have been a fantastic vet. In her all too brief time here, she made such an enormous impact on so many people (and animals). I am so deeply sorry for your loss of such an amazing girl. Your family and Katie's friends are in my thoughts and prayers.
Julie Elmo
February 8, 2011
Shelby Taylor
February 8, 2011
Roy, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May God be with you and give you strength and comfort.
Susan Powell-Cook
February 8, 2011
I Believe she was a very nice and respectful girl.... I wish i would have known her more But even so her personality shined through everything she did
R.I.P Katie Taylor....
February 8, 2011
Dear Roy: I was so very saddened to hear about the unfortunate loss of your wonderful daughter, and friend. Please be reminded that the Lord is always in control and even in what we refer to as death, He referred to many times as merely falling "asleep." Just as Lazarus, the One who came to save the lost will return, and raise Katie up to enjoy a life that will be much better than what we endure, day-to-day. If you need anything, please don't hesitate to contact me. Life is bigger than little City/County Politics.

Yours in Love,

Darius Little - Durham, NC
February 8, 2011
We will never forget the beautiful, friendly, easy going little girl with whom we shared so many fun and special times during those Morrisville Elementary School days. The sleepovers, the birthday parties, the mornings and afternoons at the bus stop (always with Blizzard), Girl Scouts, soccer, playing by the creek, roasting marshmallows, catching fireflies, lemonade stands, water balloon fights, bike rides, the puppet shows and plays, movie nights, French braids, all the things that little girls do together. Katie was a special part of our lives and we are grateful for the simple joy she brought to us. She grew up to be a phenomenal young woman. We feel her loss deeply. And we pray for comfort for all who will miss her, especially her mother, our friend Tina. We are here for you Tina. May God hold you in the palm of his hand. The Wetmore Family - Barbara, Nelson, Nathan, and Hannah
February 8, 2011
hi Tina its so sad to hear about your loss,I cant believe it happen.She seems so happy when you came a vist.
Uncle Rich
February 8, 2011
To the Taylor family:
I pray that God will strengthen you today and in the days ahead. Please know that others are praying for gods grace to be placed around you and comfort you during this difficult time.

With God's Grace and Sympathy.
Mike Andrews
February 8, 2011
Katie was a fellow volunteer at Operation Catnip. Her love for animals was so evident. My condolences to her family.
Diane Decker
February 8, 2011
we were very close and talked almost every day. I thought she was going to be OK... I kept telling her. My heart breaks for this loss, especially for her family. I will never forget you Kate.
February 8, 2011
Deb Winters/Hohman
February 8, 2011
Shannon Luxford
February 8, 2011
Katie, our sweet Katie. My heart is broken. My son, Russell's best friend and confidant from Morrisville Elementary and beyond. She had his back, and he had her's all of the time. That beautiful smile; her sense of style; and her curiotsity of the unknown and fantasy was so intriguing to everyone who knew her. Kaite was a tender soul and cared for everyone and everything without reservation. Our hearts go out to Tina, Nick, Roy and all of her loved ones and friends. We will miss that funny laugh and sweet smile. The world has lost a true jewel. Debra, Morgan & Russ Kinne (Cary, NC)
February 7, 2011
I have prayed all weekend that this was not my Katie! I have such fond memories of Katie in my fourth grade class. She had that dry sense of humor and a smile that she reserved for truly special moments. I have thought of her often since that year and was so glad to hear how wonderful she was doing when I ran into her and/or Tina. My heart is broken at her passing.
Melissa Bunn
February 7, 2011
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