Mary L. Taylor of Bozeman passed from this life peacefully on Dec. 14, 2009. Her family and friends will gather to celebrate her life at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 21, at First Presbyterian Church in Bozeman.
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Mary Elizabeth Liquin was born on Dec. 31, 1915, in Livingston. She had three brothers, Fred, Charles, and Kenneth, and a sister Jane. Mary graduated from Montana State College (now MSU) in 1938 with a B.S. in business. While in college she was active in the AOPi sorority.
On June 22, 1938, she married Jack Taylor of Boulder, and they moved to Washington, D.C. Mary talked fondly of their days as young marrieds in Washington where they were joined by her brother, Fred Liquin and his wife, Dorothy, and her sister and her husband, Jane and Ernie Ahrendes.
Mary and Jack Taylor lived in St. Louis, Mo.; Arlington, Va.; Montrose, Colo.; and Anadarko, Okla. Her main activities were church and philanthropic work, sewing, reading, and raising her children. The family enjoyed camping trips and trips to shooting events. Many of these trips were to show the children the beauties of Montana and the places important in Jack and Mary's lives. Mary and the children spent many summers at her mother's home in Bozeman or on her sister's wheat ranch in Highwood. Mary was widowed in August 1994.
In 1996 Mary moved back to Bozeman. She spoke often of her happiness at living again in the beautiful mountains, and she continued to go camping with her children in Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. In Bozeman she was active in several bridge clubs, attended First Presbyterian Church, and participated in water exercise classes at Eagle Mount.
Mary is survived by her sister, Jane Ahrendes of Bozeman; her sister-in-law, Dorothy Liquin of Billings; sister-in-law, Jennie Taylor of California; and her children and their spouses, Phyllis and Robert Wiersma, and Kit Taylor and Ted Campbell of Bozeman, and Keene and Diane Taylor of Kentucky. She is survived by five grandchildren and their spouses, Lisa and Dennis Papini, Thomas and Shelly Dante, Lindsay and William Delgado of California, Whitney and Jody Rogers of Kentucky, and Bethany and Joe Gardner of Texas. Mary leaves 10 great-grandchildren: Alessandra, Sofia, and Nico Papini; Abigail, Angelina, Ainsley, and Charlie Dante, Grayson and Jackson Delgado; Grant Rogers; and numerous nieces and nephews and their children.
Donations may made in Mary's memory to either the Breast Cancer Research Foundation at www.bcrfcure.org, or 60 E. 56th Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10022; or to the Deacons' Benevolence Fund, First Presbyterian Church, 26 W. Babcock St., Bozeman, MT 59715. Cards of condolence may be sent to Kit Taylor, 712 Doney Way, Bozeman, MT 59718.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Dec. 18 to Dec. 20, 2009