512 History of Wake Forest College
splendid symmetry of character, in which, in a setting of exquisite
culture, we beheld every social virtue and every Christian grace.
Her marriage to Dr. Charles E. Taylor, on September 11, 1873, thus
brought to Wake Forest one whose life was to prove a benediction to
all that should come under its influence. Sacred memories served to
cement quickly the ties that bound her to the place. Here her revered
father had been educated, and hence had recently gone forth with his
diploma a greatly gifted brother.
To her husband, both as a professor in the College and afterwards
as its able and zealous president, the sympathy of her ardent but
gentle nature and her nice appreciation of the character and
significance of his work were a fountain of strength. And when the
exacting and multiplying professional cares were added to those of a
growing family the gravity of these cares was deftly veiled by the rare
and unostentatious wisdom of the wife.
The center of her beautiful Christian home, she diffused there an
atmosphere of love and light that will abide as the sweetest legacy she
could have bequeathed to her loved companions and the dear children,
who she justly regarded as the insignia of a divinely favored mother-
Scores and hundreds of those who have been students of the
College will always affectionately remember her gracious hospitality
and her warm and tender sympathy.
In all Christian work her heart was most fervently enlisted. The
needs of the perishing in heathen lands pressed heavily on her heart,
but never in such a manner as to obscure from view the distress and
suffering and sin of those around her. She strove to cultivate a proper
Christian spirit towards the colored people and to commend to others
the importance of so doing. In her these people possessed a true and
most valuable friend.
(Sketch by G. W. Paschal, in Biblical Recorder, May 30, 1917)
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Simmons died on April 13, 1917, at the home
of her son, President Thomas J. Simmons of Brenau College, Gaines-
ville, Georgia. She was in her eighty-fourth year, having been born on
September 2, 1833. Her career was so long and vitally connected with
Wake Forest College and her influence on the college community and
many generations of students so great and good as to be worthy of the
fullest recognition.
Mrs. Simmons was the only daughter of a Warren County family
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