Marilyn Martin Taylor, 84, of Houston, Texas passed away on January 26, 2019 in Houston. She was born on October 19, 1934 in Columbus, Ohio to Robert Morgan and Ella Gertrude (Newhouse) Morgan. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Antioch Cemetery, San Augustine.
Marilyn was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. In her early 20’s, she was employed by Westinghouse, but she always knew her heart belonged in Texas. In the mid to late 1950’s, she met Donald Martin, a Texan, and a serviceman for the Air Force. They married, moved South and raised two children, Joel and Jennifer. She wore many hats as a wife, mother and woman. Marilyn was active in the ladies Softball League and a a den mother for the Cub Scouts. She also had a touch of tom boy in her and was an avid outdoorswoman. She loved weekend camping and fishing trips in East Texas, crabbing off jetties, hunting, riding four-wheelers and more. Marilyn was a wonderful cook and loved to prepare seafood dishes and southern foods.
Marilyn worked as an executive secretary and as the attendance clerk at Nederland High School. In the early 1980’s, she met and married Tommy Taylor. They built their own beautiful 2-story log cabin out of the timber from the acreage, began raising limousine cattle were growers for Tyson. Marilyn enjoyed gardening and each year would harvest a large bounty that would be shared with neighbors and family.
Marilyn was witty, funny, detail oriented and strong willed. You wouldn’t want to try to fool her as she had a keen eye for nonsense, but she was fair in all of her dealings with others. She was infamous for her lead-foot as well. Marilyn made friends easily and was a God-fearing woman. Her selfless and compassionate nature was evident in how she served those around her. One of the most admirable things about Marilyn was her optimism and perseverance. She was a proven fighter, having survived three different cancers over her lifetime until the fourth bout. Even in her final days, she remained positive and proudly wore a t-shirt that stated, “Don’t Count Me Out.” The legacy of love, life and determination that she leaves behind will carry on in the lives of so many who treasured her time on this earth.
Marilyn is survived by her son, Joel Martin; daughters, Tanya Hall, Jennifer Martin; grandchildren, Joshua Martin, Kaitlin Martin, Cassidy Sinclair, Gunnar Sinclair, Richard W. Simpson, Amanda Simpson, Shawn Hall; great grandchildren, Maddi Bard, Larson Bard, Logan Simpson, Laineey Simpson, Averon Orona; and a host of family and friends that will miss her dearly.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Lamar Taylor; parents, Robert and Ella Gertrude Morgan; sister, Kathryn Morgan Wearn; and brother, Roger Morgan.
The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home in Center. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.