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Mary Taylor Beazley '46

Mary Taylor Beazley passed away on April 5, 2017, after a number of years of declining health. She stood up to and embraced life at every turn. She loved her husband, children and their families deeply, along with many friends and acquaintances, who came to know and love her unique and affectionate spirit. She lives on in all of our lives and will never be forgotten.

Mary Taylor was born in Hamilton, Ohio in 1923, the second daughter of Edith Linton Taylor and Morris G. Taylor. Mary's mother died when she was two years old, and her father later married Susie Browne Taylor, who together with him raised Mary and her sister Elizabeth (Ibby). Mary Beazley attended Antioch College, she served in the Women's Army Corps during WWII, and she completed her bachelor’s degree in sociology at Roosevelt College (now Roosevelt University) in Chicago in 1949. She and William Tyson (Ty) Beazley were married in 1950 in Chicago, and she took her new husband back to Hamilton, where they raised four children.

In the 1950s, Mary and Ty, along with other Hamilton friends, formed the first Unitarian Fellowship in Hamilton; meetings were held in their home, and the fellowship later grew into the Unitarian/Universalist congregation of Hamilton, of which they were both long-time members. Mary received her Master of Social Work degree from The Ohio State University and went to work at the Butler County Mental Health Center, where she spent 24 years helping to build one of the best mental health centers in Ohio, becoming the Hamilton Counseling Center Director. She was also instrumental in establishing a children's treatment program as part of her work as director of the clinic. Mary's respect for her clients and her insistence on the high quality of their care was unceasing. She helped thousands of people in Butler County over the course of her tenure at the clinic. After retiring, she had a small private practice. Mary and others founded support groups for HIV positive patients, friends and significant others, when no such group existed locally. Mary worked primarily with mothers of HIV positive patients.

In 1990, Mary suffered a massive stroke that affected the left side of her body. She worked tirelessly in rehabilitation and faced the continuing challenges of her disability with remarkable courage and fortitude. Mary and Ty moved to California in 1997 in order to be close to their children and their families.

Mary Taylor Beazley was predeceased by her son, Douglas Linton Beazley (1977); her husband, William Tyson Beazley (2007); and sister, Elizabeth Taylor Dupre (2007). She is survived by her remaining three children and their spouses: William Tyson (Bill) Beazley and his wife Betsy, Morris Taylor Beazley and his wife Carolyn, and Brooke Elizabeth Beazley and her husband, Philip Hallstein; six grandchildren: Douglas Tyson Beazley and his wife Brandy; Lucille Freeman Beazley and her partner, Maura Singer Williams; Hannah June and Morgan Mary Beazley; Maya Elizabeth and Tai Louise Hallstein; and one great grandchild, Lyla Simone Beazley (daughter of Doug and Brandy).

There will be a private family memorial for Mary. The family wishes to extend its heartfelt gratitude to Mary's many loving and generous caregivers over the years. Their love, patience and support were invaluable.