MARY PAULL TAYLOR
It is with profound sadness that the family of Mary Paull Hubbard Taylor shares that she died September 3, 2021, after a long, brave battle with liver disease. She was one of those rare human beings who never complained about her illness, other than she felt tired much of the time. But she never said ‘why me?’ Rather, she was humble, kind, thoughtful and giving, no matter how she was feeling. She had an exemplary work ethic, and was known for her quick wit and wonderful sense of humour.
Mary Paull, or “Imp” as she was called by many, was born June 22, 1954, in Wheeling, WV, the 4th daughter of Senator Chester R Hubbard and his wife Joan Holloway Hubbard.
Her grade school education was at Wheeling Country Day School in Wheeling, WV; followed by high school at Miss Hall’s boarding school in Pittsfield, MA, Class of 1972; then she was graduated from Mount Vernon College in 1976, with a major in Political Science, and Minors in History and Sociology/ Behavioral Science.
July 5th, 1980 she married Tim B. Taylor. This past July 2021, the two celebrated their 41st Anniversary.
Her interests were many and varied. She was an excellent, strong and graceful tennis player and snow skier, with the old-school classic form in both, played on several tennis teams including that of Brown Ledge Camp in Burlington VT in the late 60’s and of Miss Hall’s in the early 70’s, and won several slalom ski awards at Oglebay Park slopes in the early 60’s. Mary Paull was super- creative and talented artistically, and for the past 30+ years her family and friends were lucky recipients of her home-made greeting cards, with a unique label on the back that said ” Better than a Hallmark – Made by M. P. Taylor”, or, – Made by your Mother”, or, – Made by your Wife”, or, “Made by your Sister”. She took great joy in decorating her home and porch for every holiday, but her Christmas Village in her Great Room was the best, magnificent, incredibly detailed, and could have been on a Christmas Decoration Tour of Wheeling WV, if there were such a thing. Her artistic talents weren’t limited to her greeting cards, but extended to the massive photo album-scrapbooks she made for her sons whenever they went on trips. She spent months researching the places they were going, and included facts and trivia about each place, in the albums. As with her cards, they were labors of love.
In 1990, she began working at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Wheeling, and was there for 29 years, as the Parish Secretary. This title may be somewhat misleading/understated however, as her boss The Reverend Mark Seitz often sang her praises, saying things like, ‘Mary Paull runs the place, and without her, the place would fall apart.’
She loved bagpipes, and for many years traveled to a place near Ligonier PA for a day of Highlander Games, Dancing and Celebrations. She also loved Celtic Woman, Josh Groban, Enya, the beach and the ocean, seashells, and whales – how she LOVED whales. One whole small corner cupboard in her home was filled with replicas of whales. She loved the Hallmark Channel movies; and Charlie Chaplin – she could do a spot-on imitation of his iconic walk in the movie “The Tramp”, complete with cane and derby. Another love was photography, especially of nature and all that it displays. Being the artistic soul she was, she made notecards out of her photographs and gave them to friends and family as gifts.
Now to the real loves of her life – her three sons, Timothy, Benjamin and Shawn. They were the light of her life. There isn’t anything she didn’t do, or wouldn’t do, if it were possible, for each and all of them. She imparted to them the ethics, principles and values instilled in her by her parents, and worked hard and often way over-time to be able to give them good educational opportunities and life experiences – all toward giving them a solid foundation for when they went out into the world on their own. She also never missed a soccer, lacrosse, football or basketball game if one of them was playing, even if it was raining. Simply put, her sons were her joy.
Surviving are, her husband Tim; her three sons: Timothy Hubbard Taylor, his wife and Mary Paull’s adored daughter-in-law, Rinku, of Washington, D. C.; Benjamin Walker Taylor of Columbia, S.C.; and Shawn Maguire Taylor of Daytona Beach, FL; three sisters: Dana (Mrs. George Roscoe) of Richmond, VA; Nancy Hubbard of Aldie, VA; and Cindy Hubbard of Wheeling, WV; plus several Nieces, Great Nieces and Nephews.
Memorial Contributions may be made to: Whale and Dolphin Conservation, whales.org, or 7 Nelson St, Plymouth, MA, 02360-4044; Wheeling Country Day School, 8 Park Road, Wheeling, WV, 26003; Miss Hall’s School, 492 Holmes Road, Pittsfield, MA, 01201, or Misshalls.org.
Mary Paull’s journey does not end here or now, for she will live on in the minds, hearts and memories of the many family members and friends whose lives she touched and who love her. Imp, you took care of everyone else for so long, now let God and his other Angels wrap you in their care.