Margaret R. Taylor left this world and the loving care of St. John’s Lutheran Ministries peacefully on Wednesday, July 4th to get a better view of the fireworks from above.
Peg was born in Spokane, Washington on December 17, 1918 to Richard and Dora Huth Roman. She moved to Bozeman at an early age and grew up there along with her parents and older brother, Richard, whom she adored. It was during these early days in Bozeman that Peg met her future husband, Bill, while playing dolls with his sisters. Before that day though, Peg finished high school and attended Montana State College where she graduated with a BS in Secretarial Studies. While at MSC, she worked in the Student Union Building and was a member of the Chi Omega sorority.
After World War II, Peg finally tied the knot with William “Bill” Taylor on August 21, 1949. They moved to Billings where Bill found work at Sawyer’s stores, Enco, and then the Exxon refinery. Their only child, Richard (Rick) was born in 1957. He was named after Peg’s brother Richard who was killed in the war. Peg and Bill were happily married for 56 years before Bill passed away in 2006.
In addition to being a devoted housewife and loving mother, Peg was involved in many activities outside of the home. She played in several bridge clubs and was an avid bowler. She continued to bowl as a substitute up until 2005 when her team won the league championship! She was active in her church circle at the First Presbyterian Church. For several years, she served as a Pink Lady at the Deaconess Hospital. Her greatest gifts in life were caring for others and communications. If you were on her list, you could count on a Christmas card, birthday card, anniversary note, and often a card or letter on Easter, Valentine’s Day, Halloween or any other Hallmark designated day. Her list of family and friends was always long. Peg and her best friend Betty Eagle Nelson produced a Christmas card newsletter with their graduating class from MSC for close to 50 years.
Peg was preceded in death by her parents, brother, and husband. She is survived by her son Richard and his wife, Lauri (Hunt) Taylor of Wilmington, Delaware, and her three grandchildren, Lisa, Kevin, and Lindsay Taylor
A memorial service is planned for 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11th at the First Presbyterian Church, in Billings. A graveside inurnment will be held in Bozeman on Thursday, July 12th at the Sunset Hills cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the St. John’s Foundation, the First Presbyterian Church, Montana State University, or to a charity of your choice.