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Nancy L. Taylor of Cooper Township passed away on March 13, 2021 embraced in the love of her family.  She was the first born to Maylan and Dorothy Thompson of Portage, MI.

Nancy attended Portage Central High School and upon graduation in 1960 married the love of her life, Lauren Taylor.  She committed her life to her family completely.  Nancy never held a job outside of her home but she was the best wife and mom anyone could ask for. She lived that with passion.  As a mom with small children she volunteered at school, went on all those fun field trips and was adored by many young ladies as their Girl Scout leader. As her children grew she taught them to be kind and generous but strong and independent.  There was always an open door for the friends of her children and all who entered felt the love that filled the walls she called home.  There are many who have called her “Mom Taylor” as she blessed their lives and filled their hearts with her love.

There were also many friends who held a place in Nancy’s journey and she cherished all of them throughout her years.  She had friends from school that remained a part of her life for many years and those that she met along the way.  Each one filled her life with much joy and many often spoke of their special memories.

Those who knew this beautiful lady knew beyond question that she was an outpouring of love but also knew she wouldn’t hesitate to tell you straight up what she thought.  She was soft and gentle but could bristle up like a porcupine if you crossed the line.  We will all miss that.

Nancy is survived by her 4 children, Edwin Taylor of Kalamazoo, Loretta (Gary) Mosher of Highland, Deborah Fredericks of Parchment, Robin (Joseph) Brown of Kalamazoo.  Her  very much loved grandchildren, Christine (Zak) Thomas, Brandon (Angel) Taylor, Ashley (Nick) Dechnik, Amber Carter, Daniel (Nichole) Mosher, Kelly (Kris) Sanchez, Holly (Earl) Carr, Sara Phillips and Ashley Knight, Andrew (Pamela) Brown, Christopher Brown and many great grandchildren.  Nancy is also survived by her sisters,  Bonnie Thompson and Patti (Tim) Pollard.

Nancy was preceded in death by her lifelong love and husband Lauren, her parents, her brother Ray Thompson and son-in-law Bill Fredericks.

There will be a committal service for Nancy on March 23, 2021 at Fort Custer National Cemetery where she will be placed with Lauren. Due to current restrictions this will only include immediate family.

April 10, 2021  from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm, the family will gather at the home of Robin (daughter) and Joe Brown to honor this extraordinary woman. They would be blessed to have you join them.  Please contact the family for the address.

Charitable donations in Nancy’s honor can be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.  For online donations go to

or send by mail to 7100 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49007


To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Nancy’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:


Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006.


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  1. Linda Hardin on March 17, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    Sorry I will not be able to make it on the 10th.
    I will be praying for all of you.
    I will miss your mom and I am so happy she is back with your dad.
    Much love to you all.

    Linda ❤️❤️❤️

  2. Patty Pollard on March 17, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    My sister, my mother. Nancy was 18 years older than me and as much a mother as a sister to me. I will always remember all the fun things she and Lauren included me in when they took their girls. Even just going to the lake for the day was so much fun! As an adult I relied on her many times for advice but even more times for recipes! If I didn’t know how to make it, my sissy did. I will miss you so much but I am so happy you are with your love. I can see that look between you when he kisses you. I love you sister. Patty

  3. Sue (Sexton) Fraaza on March 19, 2021 at 3:25 pm

    Taylor Family, my heart goes out to you as you remember this special lady. I remember her bright smile, ALWAYS lighting up when she saw me (and other friends) of Robin and the rest of you. I also remember her being my Girl Scout leader. Such a warm heart she had. She will be missed. Yet celebrating with you as she is reunited with your dad. You are in my prayers. With love, Sue ( Sexton) Fraaza

  4. Becky on March 19, 2021 at 8:29 pm

    Sorry I will not be able to join you all on the 10th.
    When I think of “Mom Taylor”, I definitely smile. When we were in school we spent a lot of time at your house. Your mom and dad were the cool parents. To say I spent several nights at the house is an understatement, it was so much more. “Dad and Mom Taylor” were always there, for a joke, for advice, or anything else. They showed you what love is, just by watching them.
    Lori, Debbie and Robin, I am so sorry she is gone now, but the simple fact is, they are back together. That must give you peace. Please, if you need anything let me know. Love, kisses, hugs, and prayers, to you and your families.

  5. The Turner Family on March 20, 2021 at 8:07 am

    Sending Prayers, Love and Hugs.

  6. Misty on March 20, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    To the Loving Family of Nancy, and specifically to Lori, Debbie and Robin,
    My heart hurts for each of you but I equally find comfort in knowing your beautiful beloved Mother is in the arms of God and with the love of her life, your dear sweet Daddy. I am so grateful to have reconnected with her, with you all. I hold the best memories of your mom, dad and each of you beautiful girls as I reflect on babysitting you girls, going on adventures with you( especially The Holland Tulip Festival, camping, visiting your family members and too many wonderful times to count). I loved going to see your grandparents on Lansing St and spending time with your Aunt Bonnie and everyone. Your sweet mom taught me how to change your diapers and bake cakes and homemade frosting and so much along the way ( I think the cakes were more enjoyable than the diapers tho!!!). I could write a book about the good times, my gosh I love you all so very much. I am missing your folks immensely, wishing I’d have had more time with them, but I’m very appreciative of the time I’ve had, with them and with you beautiful daughters. I’m wrapping my arms around you all and your wonderful families. I wish you comfort and strength as you face this heartbreaking time and the difficult days ahead. Much Love to you all for always ❤️❤️

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