Rosa M. Taylor, a retired registered nurse and an active church member, died Friday in her sleep at Bonnie Blink, the Maryland Masonic Home in Hunt Valley. The former longtime Timonium resident was 94.
Rosa Mae Brown was born and raised in Rocky Mount, N.C. She moved to Baltimore to attend South Baltimore General Hospital School of Nursing, where she earned her nursing degree in 1934.
After her children were grown, Mrs. Taylor was a substitute school nurse during the late 1950s and 1960s at Towson High School, Dumbarton Middle School and Loch Raven High School.
Mrs. Taylor enjoyed cooking and entertaining family and friends at her summer home on the Magothy River.
"She loved Southern cooking and was known for her porky pines, which are meatballs stuffed with rice and cooked in a sauce," said her daughter-in-law, Doris Taylor of Butler. "She also made her eggs in a cup with bits of toast and bacon. The grandchildren loved it."
Mrs. Taylor was a longtime member of Ascension Evangelical Lutheran Church in Towson, where she was active with the Women's Christian Service Group.
"She was a lovely lady who had a quiet way about her. But she definitely made an impact on people," her daughter-in-law said.
Mrs. Taylor was married for 45 years to F. A. "Bud" Taylor, founder of F. A. Taylor & Son Inc., a roofing contractor. He died in 1986.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 4 at her church, 7601 York Road.
Surviving are two sons, David G. Taylor of Butler and Richard O. Taylor of West Palm Beach, Fla.; a daughter, Helen D. Taylor of Parkton; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.