KEYSER, W.Va. — On June 12, 2013, Neva Inez Courrier Taylor, 79, died peacefully in her sleep at the home she shared with her devoted husband, the Honorable C. Reeves Taylor, retired judge of the 21st Judicial Circuit Court, after a struggle with Alz-heimer's disease.
Born in Chicago, Ill. on March 16, 1934, she moved to Keyser, W.Va. at the age of 7 months. She was the oldest child and only daughter of the late Ernest A. Courrier M.D. and the late Willie Inez Smith Courrier, a Keyser school teacher. Neva was also predeceased by her brother, John S. Courrier.
Neva was a 1952 graduate of Keyser High School, and a 1954 graduate of Potomac State College. She earned an RN degree from Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1957, and worked at Potomac Valley Hospital and later as a school nurse at Potomac State College. Neva earned a BS from Frostburg State College in 1976, and in 1977, she graduated in the first Masters Program given in the field of Counseling Psychology (a class of three) from that same institution. She was a retired Counseling Psychologist of the Potomac Highland Mental Health Guild.
Neva was a charter member of the Busy Bees Homemakers' Club, a leader of the Golddigger's 4-H Club, the National Organization for Women, the Red Hat Society, the Keyser Lion's Club and El Fidel, a dance club. She was a champion of women's rights and civil rights for all people, a life-long care-giver to many, and an avid postcard collector. She and her husband of 55 years, enjoyed many pastimes, including all forms of travel, especially aboard buses with the local committee on aging and cruise ships, bridge club, theatrical performances and they loved to dance.
In addition to Reeves, she is survived by four children, Reva Taylor Hartsock and husband, Ed, of Ashburn, Va., Chuck Taylor and Suzanne Sylvester, of Keyser, Harry Taylor and wife, Amy, of Morgantown, W.Va. and Rick Taylor and partner, Mohamed El-Shiekh, of Philadelphia, Pa.; grandchildren, Taylor Hartsock, Garrett Hartsock and Davis Hartsock, Zachary Taylor, Benjamin Taylor and Cody Lough, Chad Taylor and wife Amy, Drew Taylor and Jordan Taylor; two brothers, Ernest A. Courrier Jr. and wife, Connie, of Williamsburg, Va. and James W. Courrier, DDS and wife, Dinah, of Keyser; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Friends will be received at Markwood Funeral Home, 111 S. Mineral St., Keyser, on Friday, June 14, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 15, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. An announced Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
If desired, memorial contributions can be sent to the Alzheimer's Association, West Virginia Chapter, 1601 2nd Ave., Charleston, WV 25387 or The Taylor/Galbraith Potomac State College Scholarship Fund, ℅ WVU Foundation, One Waterfront Place, P.O. Box 1650, Morgantown, WV 26507-1650.
Condolences may be sent to the family after Mrs. Taylor’s obituary at www.markwoodfuneralhome.com.