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09:14 Wednesday 08 February 2012  Written by Sophie Flowers

Former interior designer loses fight against MS

Moira as a young lady

A vibrant interior designer who had Multiple Sclerosis for more than two decades has died at the age of 49.

Moira Taylor, who was brought up in Cookham, was diagnosed with MS at the age of 28. She was raised in the village where her Scottish parents Margaret and George Taylor lived near Long Lane since 1952.

She went to Cookham Rise Primary School and took an active role as a youngster as a member of Cookham Guides, attending Sunday school and taking part in the Cookham pantomime, which featured in the Advertiser in December 1977.

Moira studied at college in Windsor before going to the London College of Furniture, now part of London Metropolitan University, and training as a furniture and interior designer.

Her mother Margaret, 88, said: "She was a very artistic person and loved bright colours."

The former Newlands Girls' School pupil worked in London until her MS became too debilitating. She moved to the Windmill Care Centre in Slough where she was 'well looked after' for nearly five years.

Moira was admitted to Wexham Park Hospital on Saturday night where she passed away on Sunday.

Margaret said the neurological condition, which affects around 100,000 people in the UK, made her daughter 'completely helpless' and said "People don't realise how much MS there is around."

Moira asked for her tissue to be donated to medical research to try and find out what causes the condition.

She is survived by her sisters Louise, 61, of Lewes, and Fiona, 58, of Surrey, and a niece and nephew. Her father died 12 years ago.

The funeral is on Saturday at 11am in Slough Crematorium. All welcome but attendees are asked not to wear mourning colours or black. Family flowers only and donations, if required, should go to MS research.

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