Vara “Lenie” Daniels Taylor

Vara “Lenie” Daniels Taylor passed away on March 11, 2023, peacefully at her home in Durham, NC, after a long battle with ALS.  

The daughter of the late Jimmie Tucker and Merle Wescott Daniels, born in Manteo, NC on October 2, 1961, Lenie was an active gardener and award-winning beekeeper.  She was a faithful wife to her husband Tom for 40 years, and a wonderful mother to three children who meant everything to her.  She loved God and drew her strength from His Word, and was a member of the Summit Church in Durham, NC.  In her final year, she was able to experience the birth of her first grandson, see the Niagara Falls, and finish countless crossword puzzles.

Predeceased by her son Jeremy Taylor, her sister Vicki D. Simpson of Wanchese, NC, and her mother-in-law Jackie Wolkins of Palm Harbor, FL, she is survived by her husband Tom Taylor, her son Brandon Taylor and daughter Shanna Evans (John), and grandson Koby Evans; three sisters, Debbie D. Keel (Paul) of Wauchula, FL, Lori D. Ricotta (Gilbert) of Wanchese, NC, and Lou Ellen D. Quinn (Syd) of Wanchese, NC; brother-in-law Rex Simpson, and numerous nieces and nephews.  She had a very special place in her heart for her Uncle David and Aunt Mary Rodgers.

The family will have a private graveside service, per her request.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Jim “Catfish” Hunter ALS Foundation or the Dare County Library – Manteo branch.

“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” – Romans 5: 3-5

Family and friends will be received on Monday, March 13, 2023, and Tuesday, March 14, 2023, at the home of Syd and Lou Quinn, 150 Skinners Landing, Wanchese, NC.

 Twiford Funeral Homes, Outer Banks is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared at