Medical 05

Ellen A. (Geyer) Taylor

February 1, 1948 ~ October 26, 2022 (age 74)


Ellen Anne Taylor

                A beautiful, courageous and fearless soul, Ellen Anne Taylor was welcomed by angels on Wednesday October 26, 2022.  Ellen, formerly of Dill Hill, Johnsonburg, PA and currently Mill Road Mechanicsburg, PA died in the loving company of her daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Brandon Trygar, her son Jason Taylor and granddaughter Valerie Schneider.  She became ill in April 2022 and was being treated at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

                Ellen was born February 1, 1948 to Leo and Stella Spangler Geyer.  She grew up in Kersey, attending St. Boniface School and graduated from St. Marys Area High School in 1965.  Active in the school’s Nurses Club, Ellen immediately entered the Clearfield School of Nursing.  She received her RN degree in 1968.

                In September 1968, Ellen married Melvin Taylor of Johnsonburg where they made their home, raised four children and maintained a small farm.

Ellen also worked at the Ridgway Hospital until 1970.  Then for the next 23 years (1970 – 1993) she was employed as a nurse with Drs. Dickinson, Milligan and Ordiway at their practice in Ridgway.

When that office closed, she worked for Ridgway Community Nurses in the mental health field from 1993 to 1998 and then at the Dickinson Mental Health Facility until 2013 when she retired.  During these years she also worked as a mental health delegate.  Her training and calm nature defused many stressful and often dangerous situations.

In 2014 Ellen moved to be with her daughter in Northumberland and then in 2018 to Mechanicsburg with her daughter and son-in-law.  For her 70th birthday, she realized a life time dream come true when they surprised her with a scenic trip and cruise to Alaska.

                At long last Ellen had time to enjoy her many interests.  Ellen’s hobbies and knowledge of crafts was so widely varied that her hands were never empty of craft supplies.  She received her first sewing machine when she was five and has sewed ever since – from wedding gowns to angel gowns made out of discarded wedding gowns; clothing and quilts.  Embroidery was taught to her at an early age and she continued with crocheting and knitting.  In the past several years she taught herself the lost art of tatting.  Prayer shawls for nursing homes and chemo hats for the sick were added to the list since her retirement.  Cakes were also made and decorated for all the special occasions.  In 1999 she started making unique scrapbooks for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  She shared this craft with her sister, Mary Malone and they spent many happy hours together – shopping in scrapbook stores, learning different techniques, working, laughing, and sharing all the colorful accessories that made each scrapbook special.

                Ellen is survived by three children: Jeffrey and Jason Taylor of Johnsonburg and Jennifer (Brandon) Trygar of Mechanicsburg, PA.  Four granddaughters: Destini and Colleen Taylor, Valerie (Kyle) Schneider and Kylie (Tyler) Wetherbee and a new granddaughter, Evelyn Ellen Trygar, expected in February of 2023.  Eight great grandchildren, her sister Mary Malone of St. Marys and her mother’s sister Anna Spangler Rahm off Detroit, Michigan also survive.

                Besides her parents, Stella and Leo Geyer, Ellen was preceded in death by her son, Jared who died at age 19 in a car accident in 1998 and her youngest sister Linda (Denny) Galmish in 2017.

                Ellen’s dedication and love of nursing has inspired her daughter and three granddaughters to follow this profession.  Her daughter Jennifer is a Nurse Practitioner who works with abused children and the three granddaughters serve at various hospitals in the area.

                Funeral arrangements are under the care of Ubel Funeral Home.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at her parish church, Holy Rosary in Johnsonburg, 10:00 a.m., Saturday November 5th, 2022, with burial in the Wardvale Cemetery.

                Memorials may be made to:

St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis, TN 38105

Elk County Community Foundation for Nursing – 32 South St. Marys Street, St. Marys, PA 15857

Please remember her laughter; her strength and calm in difficult and often dangerous situations; her joy in using and sharing her crafts; her love and concern for all children; her loyalty to family and friends; her dedication to her chosen professions; and her courage and faith in facing a sudden and fatal cancer diagnosis.

Believe that heaven, loved ones and grateful patients joyfully welcomed her as we grieve her loss.  We can keep her memory alive through example, acts of quiet charity and perhaps a donation to the Nursing Scholarship in her honor.

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Mass of Christian Burial
November 5, 2022

10:00 AM
Holy Rosary Catholic Church
606 Penn Street
Johnsonburg, PA 15845

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