In Loving Memory of Nicole M. Taliaferro
Nicole Michelle Taliaferro
Nicole Michelle Taliaferro (age 45), of Mount Laurel, NJ died peacefully on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly, NJ surrounded by her parents Harold and Rita Taliaferro.
Nicole was born at Zurbrugg Memorial Hospital and was a long-time resident of Willingboro, NJ.
As a lifetime learner, she was educated in the Willingboro School District. Nicole earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Montclair State in Montclair, NJ and later attended Rutgers University where she earned her master’s degree in Public Health. Nicole worked various jobs, prior to becoming an employee of the State of New Jersey. Nicole happily worked at the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P) as an employee of the Child Health Unit since 2008.
Nicole had many loves, but her first love, was her love for God. Nicole was first introduced to the Lord at Delaware Valley Baptist Church in Willingboro, NJ and was baptized at the young age of eight-years-old. As an adult, she later joined Tabernacle Baptist Church in Burlington, NJ. In 1997 Nicole joined Delta Sigma Theta, (Delta Zeta Chapter) on the campus of Montclair State in Montclair, NJ. After graduating, she joined the Rancocas Valley Alumnae Chapter in Willingboro, NJ. It was here that she was fiercely involved in the work of Delta. Nicole was a dedicated worker on many committees in Delta. She served as the Chair of the Delta Gems, Delta Academy, and Heritage and Archives. She was a member of the Fundraising Committee, the Social Action Committee, the Minerva Circle, Program Planning and Development, and she was most recently appointed by the immediate past Eastern Regional Director to serve as the Co-Chair of the Eastern Region Collegiate Connection.
Nicole was diagnosed at six months of age as having sickle cell anemia but didn’t have her first crisis until age 18. Nicole was a sickle cell advocate and even conducted sickle cell talks/lectures to promote awareness, giving her the moniker of Sickle Cell Warrior. In 2019, she was awarded Warrior of the Year from the Princess Leah Chapter No. 23 in Bordentown, NJ for her work with sickle cell advocacy.
Nicole will be remembered for the love and care she provided to her daughter, her infectious smile, her strength, her zeal for life, and her passion to help others.
In her spare time, Nicole could be found traveling. Some of the many countries she’s visited included, London, Belgium, Italy, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Turks and Caicos and various islands in the Caribbean. Unbeknownst to many, Nicole had an adventurous spirit and could found zip-lining, skydiving, riding horses, roller coasters and any other adrenaline-based activities.
Nicole is survived by her daughter Aaliyah Bratcher of Adelphi, MD, her parents Harold and Rita Taliaferro of Willingboro, NJ, her brother Greg Taliaferro and sister-in-law Cinzia Taliaferro of Verona, Italy, her brother Cliff Taliaferro and sister-in-law Rose Taliaferro of Mexico City, Mexico; nieces and nephews Alex, (Kayla), Alyssa and Xavier Taliaferro, Aunt Juanita Bass and Cousin Jason Bass of Freeport, NY; Cousin Tyrone Forte of Cambria Heights, NY who serves as her daughter Aaliyah’s godfather; and a host of family in Baltimore, MD, Newport News, Virginia, Smithfield, VA; Sorority Sisters and a myriad of friends near and far. Nicole will be dearly missed.
In lieu of flowers, please send your donations to the Sickle Cell Anemia Resources, Inc., 117 Harrington Circle, Willingboro, NJ 08046 and/or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 220 East 42nd Street, Suite 435, New York, NY 10017.
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