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By Douglas Sciorra

Josephine “Josie” Noble Taylor, 73, Almond

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Josephine “Josie” Noble Taylor – 73 – of 7678 John Dixon Road, Almond, died early Thursday morning (December 8, 2022) at her home, following a long illness following  due to Covid – Pneumonia complications.

Born in Hornell, NY on December 28, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Lincoln (WWII Vet) and Mary (Ermy) Noble. 

Josie spent 10 years working at Jordan Hall on the Alfred University Campus and had a special bond with local artist, Bill Castle.  She relocated to the San Fernando Valley of Southern California where she spent 20 years with O’Neal USA, innovators, designers & manufacturers of Moto Cross protective clothing (including helmets boots etc.).  Because of her charisma, Josie created personal & professional relationships with both national & international Moto Cross riders throughout the USA, Japan & Australia.

“Josie the Gypsy” could not sit still.  The next chapter in her life was Las Vegas, NV where she worked in the corporate environment during the day wearing beautiful & colorful clothing.  When the sun went down, her “biker leather” came on and she would “ride the highways” of Southern Nevada with Vietnam Vets MC.  Eventually Josie moved to Santa Barbara, Ca before settling in the Klipnocky Hillsides.  She returned to the Hornell – Almond area about 7 years ago. 

Josie will be remembered as a cheerleader, flower child & biker who had a passion for life and was loved and respected by everyone that had the pleasure of knowing her.

Surviving are her husband & soul-mate, Thomas “T.T.” Taylor; 2 brothers, Francis “Fran” (Jeralyn Musser) Noble of Arkport and Paul Noble of Bullhead City, AZ; her son, Michael Gambino of Santa Barbara, CA; grandson, Gunner Gambino of Santa Barbara, CA; granddaughter, Nichole “Nikki” Gambino of Great Falls, MT (daughter of Jess McKee); many cousins, nieces, nephews and countless true lifetime friends.

To honor Josephine’s wishes, there will be no calling hours.  A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. 

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.

Josephine’s family request that memorial contributions in her name be made to the Hornell Alumni Association, PO Box 135, Hornell, NY 14843.

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