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Funeral Arrangements for Mary Taylor BEM


Following the sad passing of Mary Taylor B.E.M., Village Historian, on Monday 27 December 2021 aged 91, we are now able to share the Funeral Arrangements on behalf of the Taylor Family.


Date of Funeral:               Wednesday 26 January 2022

10.00 am approx.            The Hearse to leave Mary’s home in North Lane and pass through streets of personal importance to Mary in the Village, and the family are hoping that members of the community will ‘turn out in force’ to pay their respects along the route.

A link to a map of the route can be found here

This will be followed by a Private Service at Findon Crematorium for Family Members only

At 1.30 pm there will be a Memorial Service at St Peter and St Paul Parish Church to which all that knew Mary are welcome.

This will be followed by a Wake in the Village Memorial Hall at The Woodlands Centre.

The Hearse procession route will start, at approximately 10.00 am,  from the Taylor family home in North Lane and will then travel down Henry Avenue past the old family home (No 14) and then left into Tennyson Avenue, left into Chaucer Avenue and left into Milton Avenue past the first home they lived in after she married Bev (No 33 Milton Ave) back to Henry Avenue before turning in The Street past The Lamb and the main Shops. Then at the traffic lights proceed down Ash Lane past Mary's childhood home (what is now 40 Ash Lane) before heading to the private Service.

Mary Taylor, nee Sopp, made the Village her home for her entire life.  Please do come and be part of the route on Mary’s final journey around the Village she loved.

Mary was appointed the official Historian of the Village in 1987 and subsequently presented, along with her husband Bev, the Parishioners Award in 1998.  And with much pride, in 2012, Mary was honoured with the British Empire Medal for her services to the Rustington.

Mary will be sorely missed by the Community of Rustington and our thoughts continue to be with her family at this sad time.