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Margaret M. Taylor

November 4, 1953 ~ December 19, 2023 (age 70) 70 Years Old

Margaret Taylor Obituary

On December 19, 2023, after a brief battle with cancer, Margaret Mae Taylor passed into eternity with family by her side. Margaret was known by many as Maggie, though her family called her Marg. In recent weeks, an outpouring of love and support flowed from her family and friends.  All expressed a profound sense of gratitude that she has been such an important part of their lives.  Maggie was admired for her humility and grace, as well as her expertise, work ethic, and ability to bring order out of chaos. She was known as the gentlest of souls, full of kindness, calmness, and ease.  Most of all, Maggie was deeply loved by all who knew her. Margaret was born on November 4, 1953, in Cuba, New York, the fourth child of Dr. and Mrs. George and Betty Anne Taylor. Growing up, everyone knew Maggie as unfailingly cheerful and friendly. She was popular and active in sports. She was a skilled musician, performing as a pianist and with the Popular Music choir. Margaret excelled in academic studies,  was a talented artist, and was an accomplished equestrian on the family Morgan horse farm, Hobby Horse Farm. Maggie always enthusiastically supported any sibling ideas, whether it was damming up the creek, playing at the Block Barn, or eating the unwanted vegetables off her sister’s plate. At Cuba Central School, she did not seek leadership positions. However, she was consistently chosen into leadership positions by her classmates, the school, and the community. Margaret was inducted into the National Honor Society at Cuba Central School, served as her class treasurer for three years, and was elected Homecoming Queen in her senior year. She represented Allegany County at the Empire State Annual Conference and was a member of the choir and intramural sports, After attending Houghton College for three years, she transferred and graduated from Eastern Mennonite College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology.  A course in ornithology at EMC began her life-long interest in birds and conservation. After college, Pennsylvania was Maggie’s home address for most of her adult life.  She began living and working in Perry County. Characteristically, she followed her interest to Wooden Boat School in Brooklin, Maine, and became a sailmaker. She spent many winters sailing schooners, frigates, and yachts from Maine to the Caribbean Sea and back. Maggie moved to Rolling Dam, New Brunswick, Canada, where she adapted to a minimalist lifestyle, continuing to sail, as well as sewing sails and boat bags. She also built her own kayak and enjoyed paddling for the rest of her life.From New Brunswick, Maggie returned to back to Pennsylvania where she has many deep friendships. She worked for many years at Spiral Path Farm and finally moved to Enola. She was renowned for her work as a finish carpenter and painter, her skill as a sailor, as well as her work in organic farming and farmer’s markets. Margaret was a lifelong active conservator of our earth’s biological diversity. At the end of her life, her home decor featured only plants, birds, and maps of the world and North America. The main attractions at Maggie’s home were her gardens, bird feeders, and the animals who visited her daily for extra nutrition. For over 20 years, Maggie volunteered to band and track Saw-whet owls at the Kings Gap Environmental Education Center, part of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Every spring and fall, she would travel to Hogs Island Audubon Camp in Maine to work and learn more about the conservation of natural ecosystems, birds, wildlife, and their habitats.  Her friends at Hog Island shared that she lifted spirits, and the world seemed a little brighter and more welcoming whenever she was there. Margaret, a professed "Jill-of-all-trades,” excelled in all her interests, which included organic gardening, creative projects, painting, sewing, protecting wildlife, art, music, and residential construction. She found great joy in supporting and encouraging those around her with love and kindness.  She used her many skills to build and remodel homes, both professionally and for her family. Just as she was the middle child, Margaret was the true center of the Taylor family. Though family and friends were spread throughout the United States and Canada, Marg stayed consistently connected with everyone. Always interested in the family’s lives and homes, she was always on board to contribute to our lives with travels and by making our vision of a home into reality. More than once, Maggie traveled across the country to visit with or explore on a road trip with family or friends. Her passion for family life extended to nieces and nephews, as well as her cousins. Throughout her life, this expanded to include her celebration of all her great nieces and nephews, as well as every second and third cousin.  She was a favorite for all her relatives, inspiring, teaching, and encouraging them throughout her life. Margaret is pre-deceased in death by: Dr. George Taylor, father

Elizabeth Anne Taylor, mother

Dr. Lloyd Wilt, uncle

Cynthia Wilt, cousin

Margie is survived by her siblings:

Roger K. Taylor (Denise) of Fairview, Texas

Bradley P. Taylor (Deane) of Paradise, Texas

Robyn J. Dueck (Ray) of Surrey, British Columbia

Susan E. Taylor of Northfield, Ohio

Jennifer J. Taylor of Fredericksburg, Virginia

Also, she is survived by:

Timothy Wilt (Ruka) of Murfreesboro, Tennesee (cousin)

Mrs. Lois Wilt of Murfreesboro, Tennesee (aunt)

Kendall Wilt of Rochester, New York (cousin)

many nieces & nephews and a growing number of great nieces and nephews

Maggie is also mourned by many close friends who loved her as dearly as family and would like to especially name Brian Magaro, whom Maggie shared a home with for nearly two decades.

A beautiful and intimate service was held on December 19, 2023. It was attended by each of

Margaret’s brothers and sisters and several close friends.

Special thanks to Michael Murray, funeral director at Richardson Funeral Home for his

compassionate kindness to our family during this time of grief.

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