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Mildred Glaister Taylor Debois

December 1, 1921 — August 5, 2023


Mildred Glaister Taylor was born in Brooklyn, New York to Elizabeth Glaister and Edward George Taylor.  She attended public school in Brooklyn, New York, graduated from the Brooklyn Girls’ School, and worked in New York City.  She joined the Women’s Auxiliary Volunteers of the US Navy in 1942 and achieved the rank of radioman 3rd class in World War II.  She met and married Francis DeBois while they both were serving in the Navy.  Mildred retired from the service to become a Navy wife and lived in various locations on the east coast.  After Francis’ retirement from the Navy, the family moved to Tennessee where Mildred took her BS and MS degrees at Middle Tennessee University and her MLS from George Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.  She served as a librarian in the public schools in Nashville and Memphis and worked as a professional librarian at Memphis State University and Shelby State Technical College.  Mildred and Francis were members of the Church of the Holy Communion in Memphis, TN for 50 years.  She is predeceased by her mother, father, husband, Francis, and her brother John G. Taylor.  She is survived by her daughter, Jeri-Anne DeBois King, son-in-law, Samuel Carl King, granddaughter, Melanie Katherine King, great granddaughters, Mckenzie Mattison and Natalie Holtzman, nephew, John E. Taylor, niece, Kathleen Manchec, and other beloved nieces and nephews. 


Mildred loved reading, working crossword puzzles, exercises of all kinds from aerobics to Zumba.  In 2011 she entered the Kirby Pines retirement community where she was a line dancer and made many friends.  In 2021 she moved to the Foothills Retirement Community to live near her daughter until her death.  There will be a private service at the Bridge at the Foothills Community and at Saint Michael’s Episcopal church at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Research Hospital for Children in Memphis, Tennessee, or the Staff Appreciation Fund (for The Bridge) at Foothills Retirement Community, 205 Bud Nalley Dr. Easley, S.C. 29642.


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