Stella G. Taylor, a retired telephone operator, died of pneumonia Feb. 28 at the Edenwald Retirement Community in Towson, where she had lived for the past five years. The former Cedonia resident was 86.
Born Stella Genevieve Miecznikoski in Baltimore and raised on South Hudson Street, she attended Eastern High School.
During World War II she was a civilian employee of the Navy at the old Key Highway ship-repair yard. The job included driving dignitaries to ship launchings and other military-related business.
She was later a telephone operator for the old Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. and worked at its Light Street building. She retired about 30 years ago.
She was a former member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Gardenville.
She enjoyed crochet work, ceramics and stained-glass making.
Her husband of 13 years, Eugene V. Taylor, a plumber for Baltimore City, died in 1980.
A Mass of Christian burial was offered Wednesday at St. Isaac Jogues Church.
Survivors include a brother, Milton Miecznikoski of the Cub Hill section of Baltimore County; and nieces and nephews.