Charlotte Mary Tagg, a resident at the University Retirement Community at Davis (URCAD) CA, passed away July 15, 2014 at the age of 90.|
Charlotte was born January 21, 1924 in Sioux City, Iowa. Her parents were W. Clifford Tagg and Alica M. Blake Tagg. She is survived by her brother, A. Richard Tagg and wife Barbara Tagg of Woodside CA, two nephews, Andrew C. Tagg, wife Deidre and daughter Laura of Roseville, David P. Tagg, wife Michelle and daughters Kylee, Madison, and Dani of Penn Valley (Lake Wildwood) and niece, Martha B. Hronis, husband Tim and son Blake of Lake Wildwood.
At a young age, Charlotte developed a love for music and a talent for the cello, a gift she nurtured throughout her life, playing in symphony and chamber orchestras in Sioux City and Estes Park Colorado (where she lived after retirement from the American Red Cross).
Charlotte attended Morningside College in Sioux City and Indiana University where she earned her Bachelor of Music Degree. She received a Masters of Music Literature degree at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and a second Masters degree in Education and Hospital Recreation from New York University.
After Eastman, Charlotte taught college level music. In 1951 she joined the Red Cross and was assigned to Service to Military Hospitals in Korea, Japan, Germany and several hospitals in the US: Denver, San Francisco, and Corpus Christi to name a few. She became Assistant Director of Service to Military Hospitals and served at medical sites in the Far East, including Viet Nam. In 1973, she was promoted to Regional Director, residing in Springfield, Missouri until 1986 when she retired and later moved to Estes Park in a home across the driveway from where her parents lived. During her time in Estes Park, Charlotte was an elder in the Presbyterian Church.
After her parents passed away, Charlotte moved to the University Retirement Community at Davis, CA to be nearer to her extended family. There she shared her talent with the cello in the West Sacramento Symphony Orchestra as well as smaller groups at URCAD and Davis. She also shared her love of animals, ending up adopting two cats from a resident friend who could no longer care for them.
At URCAD Charlotte was very active, serving on the resident board, helping people in assisted living, helping at the annual Bazaar and spearheading an effort to create an effective hearing system for residents in the Community auditorium.
A celebration of life will be held for Charlotte on Saturday, August 23, 2014 in the URCAD auditorium at 2pm. A reception will follow.
Memorials may be sent to the University Retirement Community Foundation Inc. (1515 Shasta Drive, Davis, CA 95616), the Unity Center of Davis (1260 Lake Blvd., Suite 253, Davis, CA 95616) or the Presbyterian Church of the Rockies, 1700 Brodie Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517.
Internment will be in October at the Presbyterian Church of the Rockies.
Published in Estes Park Trail-Gazette on Aug. 15, 2014