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Margaret Taylor

Margaret Taylor

Monday, December 30th, 2019
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Margaret J. Taylor, 83, a dedicated servant of God, was peacefully called to her heavenly home with family at her side on Dec. 30, 2019. Margaret, a native of South Norfolk, was the daughter of the late Marion Ruffin and George Jefferson. She was preceded in death by her husband William “Butterbean” Taylor and step-father Jefferson Ruffin.
She attended Waterford Elementary School (South Norfolk) and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School (Norfolk). Margaret continued her education and completed a two-year course of study at the Norfolk Division of Virginia State College (now Norfolk State University), earned her bachelor’s degree from Virginia State College (now Virginia State University), and a master’s degree from Hampton Institute (now Hampton University).
Margaret taught in the Charlottesville Public School System for 2 years, before being employed by Norfolk Public Schools for 36 years. She was a dedicated educator and enjoyed teaching at Jacox Jr. High, Campostella Jr. High, and James Monroe Elementary schools before being promoted out of the classroom. She held various administrator positions in the Home Economics department, Title I program, and retired as the coordinator of Special Projects in 1998.
Margaret accepted Christ at an early age at St. Joseph A.M.E. Zion Church (Chesapeake) and later united with Shiloh Baptist Church (Norfolk). At Shiloh, she studied the Word and diligently served the Christian Education, Kitchen, Ushers, Food Pantry, Clothes Closet, and Finance ministries.
She leaves to cherish her memory, daughters Andrea Taylor, Marian Sosa (Fred) of Dumfries, VA, grandson John Robinson, III of Alexandria, VA, and a host of family and friends.
The family will receive friends from 3 pm to 5 pm on Saturday, January 4th at Graves Funeral Home. A celebration of life service will be held at Shiloh Baptist Church (745 Park Avenue, Norfolk) on Monday, January 6th at 11 am.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Shiloh Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 4th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    Saturday, January 4th, 2020 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    Graves Funeral Home Chapel
    1631 Church St
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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  • Service

    Monday, January 6th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday, January 6th, 2020 11:00am
    Shiloh Baptist Church
    745 Park Avenue
    Norfolk, Va 23504
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  • Interment

    Roosevelt Memorial Park
    1101 Campostella Road
    Chesapeake, VA 23320
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Denise M Walston

Posted at 09:44pm
To the family of Margaret Taylor, I will remember her fondly.
I had the distinct pleasure of working with Mrs. Taylor when she was the Special Projects Coordinator in NPS. I was the mathematics coordinator and Mrs. Taylor administered one of our grants. She spent so much time with me to ensure that I understood the grant process; that I always spent the funds appropriately and could account for any expenditure. Most importantly, I remember how concerned she was about the mathematics professional development of the teachers in NPS. She found funds so that teachers from Title I schools could receive more than 30 hours of professional development in mathematics. This made such a difference in our Title I schools especially the achievement of our students. I will always remember her tenacity, her compassion, and genuine pleasant spirit. I will remember her fondly. I hope that you realize that her legacy in education also continues with the work that I am doing to make her proud. She invested a lot of time in me, I just hope that I can pay it forward.

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