Linda Jean Sims Taylor, 64

Linda Jean Sims Taylor, 64, recently a resident of Brookside Assisted Living, died Saturday, July 2, 2011, at Brookville Hospital.

She was born April 26, 1947, in Coshocton, Ohio, a daughter of the late Cecil Lee and Mary Lorena (Hackenbracht) Sims.

Aug. 16, 1973, she married David L. Taylor. The couple divorced in 1993.
Ms. Taylor was a graduate of Allegheny College in Meadville, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English and a master's in education. She later received a master's degree in English from Clarion University.

Long recognized as a talented and dedicated educator by administrators and students alike, she spent her entire professional life in the field of education. Over a career of 40 years, she held teaching and library positions with the Cleveland City School District; Muskingum Area Technical College; Ohio University-Zanesville; Zanesville City Schools in Zanesville, Ohio; Department of Library Science at Western Kentucky University; Clarion University of Pennsylvania; and the Brookville Area School District.

During her career in Brookville, she served as an instructor of home-bound students, developed the first secondary gifted education curriculum, taught English and also served as a school librarian.
Her professional affiliations included membership in the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), Alpha Delta Kappa, Phi Theta Kappa, the American Association of University Women and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

A lifelong, steadfast advocate of education and music, she served as the president of the Rebecca M. Arthurs Library Board and was a member of the Thursday Music Club in Zanesville, Ohio.

Ms. Taylor was active in the leadership of the Brookville Presbyterian Church, teaching Sunday School, participating the the vocal and bell choirs, and serving both as a deacon and an elder.

She enjoyed reading, sewing, quilting and playing with her grandson.
Surviving relatives include two sons, Christopher Taylor and wife Kristie of Brookville and Sean Taylor and wife Avis of Cincinnati; two sisters, Marcia Wittenberg and husband Roger of Constantine, Mich., and Kathy Finkbeiner and husband Robert of Ann Arbor, Mich.; and a grandson, Rees Henry Taylor of Brookville.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 7, 2011, at the McKinney Funeral Home, Brookville.

A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, July 8, 2011, at the Brookville Presbyterian Church with the Rev. David Caves Jr. officiating.

Interment will be private in West Lafayette, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Linda Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o First Commonwealth Bank, 223 Main St., Brookville, PA 15825.