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OKC's Metropolitan Library System receives large donation

System receives $1.4 million after widow's death.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: January 14, 2013 at 9:06 pm •  Published: January 14, 2013

LaVerne Taylor loved reading books, a passion that inspired her to leave $1.4 million to the Metropolitan Library System Endowment.

Taylor died in February 2012 at 93 and was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon, a retired senior vice president of Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.

LaVerne Taylor's favorite library to visit was Belle Isle, which she typically visited every Wednesday morning and would check out as many as a dozen books at a time. She loved mysteries and James Patterson books.

“She was a very sweet person,” Belle Isle circulation clerk Regina Wolfinger said. “As she was getting older and getting frailer, we would take her books out to the car. When I helped her, I would always give her a big hug and tell her to take care of herself.”

Wolfinger said earlier in her life Taylor was an avid golfer, but as she got older, it became more difficult for her to play. Reading became one of her great passions.

“She would bring in things from the newspapers and we would put things on reserve for her,” Wolfinger said. “She loved to read. “She would check out a big bag of books and she'd read them in a week.”

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