Judith "Judy" E. Staaf-Martin Taylor
GREELEY, Colo. - Judith "Judy" E. Staaf-Martin Taylor, 71, of Greeley, Colo., passed away on July 5, 2013, at her home in Greeley, surrounded by her family, following a brief bout with cancer.
She was born Dec. 22, 1941, to Wilbur E. Staaf and Julia (White) Staaf in Youngstown, Ohio.
She married Daniel "Dan" R. Taylor of New Waterford, Ohio, on July 19, 1963. Dan's employment brought them to Colorado in 1966, where they began their family. They returned to Ohio in 1973, where she raised her children, cared for her parents, and furthered her career in nursing. She and Dan then moved back to Greeley in 2006, to enjoy the mountains, which was one of her favorite places.
She was a graduate of the Youngstown Ohio Hospital Association School of Nursing. She retired from nursing in July of 2011, after 48 years. Her most recent employment was with the Rehabilitation and Visiting Nurses Association, in Greeley. She had many experiences in the nursing field and was the executive director/clinic administrator for the Community Action Agency of Columbiana County, Ohio's two federally qualified medical centers and the county's federally funded dental center for 19 years. She was instrumental in the founding of these centers and received state wide recognition from the Ohio Department of Health/Bureau of Oral Health Services in 1996, for improving Children's Oral Health. In 2002, she received the Distinguished Rural Health Administrator of the Year award from the Ohio Department of Health.
She was active on many of Ohio's health task forces, a member and past officer of the Ohio Primary Care Association, a member of the "Under the Red Hat," Salem Chapter, and an active member of the Assistance League of Greeley.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father; her stepfather, James F. Martin; her brother, Ronald "Ron" D. Martin; and a nephew, Ronald D. Martin Jr.
She is survived by her husband, Dan; a son, Kerig M. Taylor of Cleveland, Ohio; a daughter, Megan E. Taylor of Boardman, Ohio; two sisters, Mrs. Joan (Clay) Calvert of Leawood, Kan., Mrs. Janet Rosenfeld of Greensboro, N.C.; two brothers, Wilbur E. "Butch" Staaf of Rockford, Ill., and James "Jimmy" Martin; two sisters-in-Iaw, Mrs. Joyce (Ronald) Martin of Green Bay, Wis., and Mrs. Dorothy Staaf of Youngstown, Ohio; and many wonderful nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Assistance League of Greeley, 1706 Ninth Street, Greeley, Colo. 80631-3134.
A celebration of life will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 21, 2013, at Mason's Steakhouse and Restaurant, 38135 state Route 14, Washingtonville, Ohio.