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Mabel Clara Taylor was born in Eccleshall, England on the 1st of March 1891 to parents Joseph and Elizabeth Taylor. At some point in her youth she immigrated to Vancouver, British Columbia, where she studied nursing. In February of 1923 she graduated with a diploma in nursing from Vancouver General Hospital. Over the next three decades she worked at various hospitals including the Prince Rupert General Hospital, the Essondale Mental Hospital, the Abbotsford General Hospital, the Mission Memorial Hospital, the Miller Bay Indian Hospital, the Royal Jubilee Hospital, the Oak Lodge Private Hospital, the Terrace Red Cross Outpost Hospital, the Children's Hospital and the Nanaimo Indian Hospital.
From 1931 to 1934 Taylor traveled on a round the world trip, staying for some time in Durban, South Africa where she worked at Enlabeni Hospital and Eshowe Hospital, respectively. She earned her drivers' license in Durban in 1934 and lived there for approximately three years. She retired from nursing in February of 1956.