Dorothy Louise Alphin Taylor
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Dorothy Louise Alphin Taylor
  • July 31, 1927 - December 5, 2017
  • Richmond, Virginia

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TAYLOR, Dorothy (Dot) Alphin, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 while surrounded by her loving family. Dot was born in Petersburg, VA on July 31, 1927 and was a long-time resident of Richmond, VA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; James A. Alphin and Thelma L. Alphin; brothers, James A. Alphin and William (Bill) T. Alphin; and husband A. Joe Taylor of 34 years.

She is survived by her daughter, Kathy Bluford (Bob); son, Mark Taylor (Malinda); and three granddaughters; Kristen Burden (Bryan), Logan Taylor (Rob Augustine) and Cate Taylor; two great granddaughters, Isebelle and Amelia Burden.

In her younger years, she enjoyed beach trips to Nags Head with her late husband, Joe Taylor. Dot and Joe took Kathy and Mark on many beach and camping trips throughout their childhood. In recent years, one of her favorite things to do was to sit on the front porch and go for boat rides while at her son and daughter-in-law's house at Topsail Beach, NC. She was a devoted mother who was so very proud of her children. She also loved her grandchildren immensely. Kristen, Logan and Cate have many fond memories of Friday night sleepovers at "Grammy's" house along with many wonderful times. She brought so much love and joy to all holiday and birthday celebrations.

Those who were fortunate enough to know Dot knew her as a strong-willed, independent and vivacious woman who was full of life. She had a quick wit, a great sense of humor and a smile that could light up a room.

Dot was very active and involved in the community at Lakewood Manor. It was here that she met a dear friend, Forest Peterson. Dot and Forest shared many fun times and lots of laughs along the way. Forest was one of the very few that Dot felt was a skilled competitor for her daily ping-pong games. These 2 rarely missed a night of ping-pong and always rounded out the evening with coffee or a dessert. Dot loved her time at Lakewood and always told her family, "The people at the manor are just the nicest group of individuals." Dot and her family are grateful for the many wonderful residents and staff members of Lakewood Manor. She will be missed immensely by her family and friends. A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 16th at 2pm in The Simms Center at Lakewood Manor.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to The Benevolent Fund at Lakewood Manor, 1900 Lauderdale Drive, Richmond, VA, 23228.