"I graduated from Van Buren High School in 1964," Taylor said. "I worked in the cafeteria then too."
Students and faculty had a surprise goodbye party for Taylor Thursday morning. The entire school went to the cafeteria and presented her with some gifts, such as a "Blue Without You" book, which had letters from the students and faculty.
"I'm going to miss the kids," she said. "It's been a fun ride, I've made a lot of friends."
After 26 years, Taylor will be spending her retirement enjoying things she hasn't had the time to do.
"My husband and I are going to travel," she said. "Go visit our kids and grandkids. Visit the places we've always wanted to see and not rush to get home to go to work the next day."
Before Northview High School and North Clay Middle School were built, Taylor was one of nine cafeteria workers who served more than 1,000 students a day. After serving so many, the 200 students at Van Buren who eat lunch was a nice slow down and it allowed her to really get to know the students.
"This was the perfect job for me," she said. "I love the job, I love the people and I would do it all over again."
In a small glass container, Taylor was given 280 blue M&M's representing the students' faculty and staff, who would be blue without her.
"She is a true blue supporter of the students and staff," Principal Gail Williams said. "We are truly going to miss her."
The decision to retire was not an easy one for Taylor but it is something she is now looking forward too.
"I'm ready to retire," she said. "God is telling me its time. He's got something else planned for me. I just have to wait and see."