Founded in 1955, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with more than 120,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

Paula Jean (Simmons) Taylor, 11/23/56 - 6/16/21

Dear Colleagues,

It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of Paula Jean (Simmons) Taylor of Fairmont, who succumbed to pancreatic cancer. (See also the obituary below)

Paula served the NASW West Virginia Chapter, as well as the NASW national organization, in many leadership capacities culminating in her term as President of the WV Chapter Board of Directors from 2012 to 2014.

More than this, Paula was the epitome of excellence in social work and child welfare practice and participatory citizenship. She lived her professional values and strived to instill them in her many supervisees, students and colleagues. In short, Paula Taylor was among the best of us! She will be sorely missed.

Paula was celebrated as the 2011 Social Worker of the Year by NASW WV.

In addition to her vibrant life of volunteerism to her community and faith, she represented the NASW WV Chapter as a delegate to the 2014 Delegate Assembly, and was appointed to serve on national NASW planning committees.

A Mass of Christian Burial was Celebrated on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 10:00 am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Stonewood with Reverend Father Kumar Reddimasu as Celebrant.

Cards of sympathy and remembrance may be mailed to 104 Buffalo Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26554-1911