Mary Margaret Crews Taylor passed away at her Houston home at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 28, following a seven-month battle with cancer. She was 69.
Mary was born January 16, 1940, to Lee and Litha Crews. She grew up near the banks of the Brazos River in East Columbia and attended West Columbia High School where she was valedictorian and voted Most Beautiful Girl. She was graduated in 1958.
She attended the University of Texas in Austin where she pledged Zeta Tau Alpha. She was graduated from UT in 1963. In 1964, she married Thomas F. Taylor of Odessa, Texas, who was a Navy pilot. Lt. Comm. Taylor was killed in a training mission in 1971.
Mary is survived by one daughter, Talitha Lee Taylor of Houston, her beloved cats, “Cleopatra” and “Atilla” and a host of family and friends who enriched her life throughout the years.
In 1982, Mary joined with another Navy widow to help establish Survivors of Sacrifice, an organization that successfully lobbied to regain promised Social Security educational benefits for children of those who lost their lives in service to their country.
After a trip to Central America, Mary became fascinated with its beauty, culture and local activities. She invested in property near San Pedro, on Ambergris Caye in Belize where she built and operated a small inn on the beach. San Pedro became Mary’s second home and snorkeling became one of her greatest passions. Following that adventure, she worked for many years as a psychiatric nurse at Ben Taub Hospital until her retirement in 2007.
The service celebrating Mary’s life is planned for 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 5, at West Columbia United Methodist Church at 315 South Sixteenth Street, West Columbia, Texas. A time of visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the church. Interment will follow at West Columbia Cemetery. Pallbearers are Sam Crews, George Chaffee, Chris Runk, Billy Womack, Jamie Parker and Wes Griggs. Honorary Pallbearers are Jim Parker and Scott Parker.
The family extends its gratitude to Dr. Anna Belcheva, Dr. Minh Tran and the Houston Hospice Team for the professional and loving care given to Mary.
Niday Funeral Home (www.nidayfunerals.com) of Pearland, Texas, is handling funeral arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Houston Hospice (www.houstonhospice.org) or to Houston SPCA (www.houstonspca.org).