On Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, family and friends of Grace Sarahann Cleary Taylor gathered to celebrate Mrs. Taylor’s 100th birthday, in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church of Stanleyville in Winston-Salem.

A table of her handcrafted quilts, afghans, pillows and other items were exhibited as well as a picture table, which included high school memorabilia and photos from her childhood.

Guests were served shrimp, chicken salad croissants, pimento cheese, grape salad, fresh vegetables and fruit, a 100th birthday cake and evergreen punch. The flowers on the cake were especially arranged by Yurami Hepler and Phyllis Spence. Yurami Hepler cut the cake. Punch was served by Sara Hepler. Dr. Mandy Taylor and Ella Taylor assisted with the photography.

Mrs. Taylor’s five great-grandchildren, Jackson, Michael and Austin Hepler and Ella and Evan Taylor, presented her with pink roses after joining other guests singing happy birthday.

Many out-of-town guests attended the celebration, including her brother, Minter Cleary of North Wilkesboro and his family, and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Taylor is the widow of Ray Taylor. She is the mother of Kelly Taylor and Barbara Taylor Hepler, and the grandmother of David and John Hepler and Cory Taylor.

She was born Feb. 4, 1917, in North Wilkesboro to Malcolm and Fannie Cleary. She was one of 10 children.

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