TAYLOR, Alicia Ann, 59, of Boston passed away unexpectedly on February 14, 2011.
Alicia grew up surrounded with love in Mounds-ville, W.Va., and graduated with the first graduating class of John Marshall High School in 1969. She then studied at West Liberty State College and West Virginia University where she received her Bachelor of Science in nursing and Master of Science in nursing, respectively.
Alicia's career began at Reynolds Memorial Hospital as an emergency room nurse. She then went on to work at the Ohio Valley Medical Center, where she worked in critical care. She also taught at the OVMC School of Nursing where she passed on her love for nursing to every life she touched. In addition, she was a key part in the opening of OVMC's Cancer Center which sparked her passion for oncology nursing.
She moved to Virginia, where she played a key part in opening a cancer center at Riverside Hospital. Alicia worked at MD Anderson in Houston, Texas, and then moved to work in Virginia, where she could be close to her grandchildren. She managed units at VCU and then at Henrico Doctors Hospital in Richmond, Va. Alicia most recently worked at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, where she spent her final days managing an oncology unit. St. Elizabeth faculty and staff have honored Alicia by dedicating a room in their brand new cancer center to her. Alicia was a proud member of the Oncology Nursing Society, where she held many leadership positions.
Alicia was preceded in death by her brother, William Edwin "Ted" Taylor Jr. and her father, William Edwin Taylor Sr., both of Moundsville.
Alicia is survived by her two daughters, Amy Lucas of Wheeling, W.Va., and Alison Lucas Stanley of Ashland, Va. Alicia was loved dearly by her three grandchildren, Austin Lucas, age 15, Madeline Stanley, age 9, and her brother Luke, age 7, who only knew her as "Deeda." Her surviving family includes her sister, Jennifer Williams of Pittsburgh; her brother, George "Bud" Taylor of Glen Easton and her youngest brother, Todd Taylor of Columbus, Ohio. Also surviving Alicia is her proud and beloved mother, Nina Taylor of Wheeling.
Family will receive friends on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Grisell Funeral Home and Crematory, 400 Jefferson Ave., Moundsville, where funeral services will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Mark Crow officiating.
Interment in Riverview Cemetery, Moundsville.
Donations may be made to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Pittsburgh at www.komenpittsburgh.org.
Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com.