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Doris Taylor Goggans, Beloved Upper Main Line Wawa Manager, Dies

Her memorial service has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 7, in Wayne.

Editor's Note: The following obituary was sent to Patch by the Taylor family.

Doris Taylor Goggans was born on May 1, 1944 to the late Clinton and Doris Taylor in Nutley, N.J. Doris grew up the youngest of five children in Nutley, N.J.  She attended the Nutley public schools and graduated from Nutley High School in 1962.

UPDATED MEMORIAL SERVICE INFORMATION: A memorial service for Doris will be held in Wayne on Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 1 to 2 p.m at the Church of the Saviour at 651 North Wayne Avenue, Wayne, PA 19087. Her friends and the public are welcome to attend. Pastor Byron Craig, of Macedonia Baptist Church, will give the memorial message. 

After completing high school, Doris attended Essex County Community College and became a nursing assistant. She later pursued other careers including court stenography but ultimately lived her life in service to others. As a young woman, Doris became the caretaker for her ailing grandparents when they needed her and resided with them in North Newark.

Doris was always putting the care and concern for others above her own. So, when her only son, Keith called and said “Ma, I need help!” Doris asked no questions, she just  jumped in her car and went to help. She eventually relocated to Pennsylvania to assist Keith with his business endeavors. As a result, every one of Keith’s restaurants had the “Taylor” touch as Doris got in to help however needed and everyone knew her by first name or affectionately as “Mom Taylor.”

In between helping Keith with his restaurants and spending time with her beloved grandchildren, Samantha, Zachary and Isaiah – Doris still found time to impact others. She was the resident manager at Radnor House ABC in Wayne, Pa – a home for disadvantaged youth where she had direct contact with the students and as a result made a great impact on the future lives of many children.

Doris knew no strangers. She was very much a people person no matter what she was doing. As shift manager at the local WaWa in Wayne, Pa. she came to know every customer by name as well as every police officer, every EMT and every fireman. Doris was known for her unique laugh, a “no nonsense” approach and her willingness to go the extra mile to help someone out. 

After a lengthy illness God in his infinite wisdom called Doris Taylor Goggans home for her eternal rest on Tuesday, October 23, 2012. Doris leaves to mourn her transition her son Keith Taylor and his wife, Elizabeth. Her  3 grandchildren Samantha, Zachary, and Isaiah. Her siblings Clinton, (Rechelle) of Montclair, NJ, Ronald of Bloomfield, Michigan, Arthur (Christine), of South Orange, N J, Gregory Little of Brooklyn, NY and her only sister Carol Taylor Preaster of Belleville, NJ. Also, her step father, John Thompson along with a host of nephews, nieces, grand nephews, grand nieces, cousins and many friends.

A viewing and funeral was held in Nutley, New Jersey on Monday October 29, 2012 at S.W. Brown & Son Funeral Home, 267 Centre St., Nutley, NJ 07110. 

In lieu of flowers for either event you may donate to “THON” The Penn State Dance Marathon. The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon is a two-day Dance Marathon with the purpose of raising money to combat pediatric cancer. Nanny loves her grandkids and they love Penn State University… this would make her happy. Checks can be donated and made payable to "Penn State Dance Marathon" and mailed to 207 Hetzel Union Building, University Park, PA 16802. 

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