It was with shock and great sadness that we learned that EWGS's beloved treasurer, Gary L. Taylor, passed away quietly in his sleep last Wednesday night. He was 73. Only last Saturday, Gary and I were sitting together in our usual places at the front of the meeting room for the November 2008 General Meeting, with him receiving membership dues for the 2009 genealogical year and myself manning the Ways and Means merchandise table. Gary's dedication to his duties as treasurer, his willingness to help our society in diverse ways--including the last two rest stop fundraisers--and his sense of humor and broad smile will be missed by all. We send our condolences to his wife and family members.
EWGS member Bill Ailes has been helping Mrs. Taylor with the arrangements, and reports that services will be held next Saturday, November 15th at 12:00 PM at Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home, 2203 N. Division Street. The November computer classes were scheduled to be held at the public library that day; we are looking into the various options we have so as to not create a conflict for those who wish to both attend the class and also pay their respects to Gary's family. We'll have a better idea by Monday, when I can speak with my contact at the library about a possible computer class rescheduling. Stay tuned to the blog, the EWGS mailing list, and your e-mail for further notifications. Gary's obituary can be read at the Spokesman-Review website here.