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.
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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.