Esther Beatrice Taylor

GWINN, Mich. – Esther Beatrice Taylor, 93, of 661 E. M-35, Gwinn, entered eternal life November 4, 2012, at the Norlite Nursing Center.

Born September 9, 1919, in Munising, the daughter of Walter and Mabel (Ellis) Grainger, Esther was raised in Munising and graduated from the Mathias Township High School, Trenary, in 1938. She attended Ray Vogue School of Design in Chicago and graduated from the Business Institute’s Secretarial School in Detroit. Following graduation, Esther worked at Willow Run, Ford’s B-24 Liberator Plant from 1943-1945, and was in one of the last departments to close in 1945. She served as secretary to the merchandise manager of Ernst Kern Company in Detroit before working as a secretary for a chiropractor in Benton Harbor. In 1948, she married Paul E. Taylor, and in 1950 the couple started a business called Taylored Steel Fabrications, which eventually became a major supplier of exterior doors for mobile homes. Paul and Esther’s daughter, Claire, became the “Taylormaid” and their products were called the Taylormaid Door, with the company, at one time, having 65 employees.

The couple divorced in 1964 and their daughter, Claire, died in 1977. Esther took up writing with some success, contributing to local and regional newspapers, including the Marquette Mining Journal, and had feature articles published in the Methodist Church’s monthly magazine in the early 1950s. In 2005, she self-published a book of poetry entitled “Iridescence.” Esther had resided in Gwinn since 1996.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at the Mathias Township Cemetery, Trenary, on Tuesday, June 12, at 10:00 a.m.

The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at