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Jannie Taylor, 99,

Seamstress

LAKELAND -- Mrs. Jannie Robinson Taylor of Lakeland was a seamstress and president of the Pastor's Aide Club in her church for more than 30 years.

Mrs. Taylor died of respiratory failure Saturday (Feb. 21, 2004) at Highlands Lake Center, Lakeland. She was 99.

Born in Perdue Hill, Ala., she came to Lakeland from Ocala 13 years ago.

Mildred Taylor Blake, Mrs. Taylor's daughter, says her mother was a self-employed seamstress, and most of her achievements were made in church. As president of the Pastor's Aide Club for Covenant Missionary Baptist Church for 34 years, she helped not only the pastor but also the church as a whole with their needs, her daughter remembers.

Blake describes her mother as a kind, Christian woman who loved her family.

"She was a very gentle, softspoken lady," she says. "She always made sure we were in church."

One of Mrs. Taylor's hobbies was traveling by train. She and her daughter always enjoyed traveling to Alabama, where Mrs. Taylor was born.

She was a member of the Missionary Society.

Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by her husband, George Taylor. In addition to her daughter, Mildred, she is survived by her son, James Robinson, Atmore, Ala.; sister, Rose Ries, Atmore; and six grandchildren.

Services were at Coney Funeral Home.

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