January 30, 1927 – April 30, 2020
Born in St. Louis, MI
Resided in Denver, CO
Reverend Marilou Taggart
The Reverend Marilou Taggart, 93, passed away peacefully on April 30, 2020, at the Briarwood Health Care Center in Denver. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leland and Corabelle Taggart, her sister, Joanne Taggart, her brother, James Taggart, her sister-in-law Valerie Taggart, her brother-in-law Albert W. Winseman, and her niece, Gwendolyn (Wirta) Winseman. She is survived by her sister Nancy Winseman; nephews Albert L. (Jane) Winseman, Brent (Beth) Taggart, and Jeffrey Winseman; great-nieces Julie (Kevin) Wagner, Kaleigh Winseman, Erin Winseman, Abby Taggart; great-nephew Graham (Sarah) Winseman; and great-great nieces Cora and Leah Wagner and great-great nephew Owen Wagner.
Marilou was born in St. Louis, MI, on January 30, 1927. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Dennison University in Ohio in 1950, and in 1955 received her Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She was ordained as a pastor in the United Church of Christ, one of the first women to be ordained in that denomination.
Marilou spent her life as an advocate for others. Instead of serving her student internship at the prestigious Riverside Church on the upper westside of Manhattan, she chose instead to serve a storefront church in East Harlem, working with girls’ gangs, starting a preschool, and bringing the love of Christ to the poor and oppressed. She continued this work at the Westside Christian Parish in Chicago, and in the founding of the Denver Inner City Parish. She also served UCC churches in Garden City, NY, and Boulder, CO.
In 1971 Marilou joined the staff of the Colorado Association of Public Employees as an Employee Relations Representative – handling grievances, performing paralegal duties, and other advocacy responsibilities until her retirement in 1990.
In 2001, Marilou joined the pastoral staff of First Plymouth United Church of Christ in Denver. She served as Parish Visitor to Seniors until her “second” retirement in 2007.
Marilou’s life was spent living out Jesus’ words in Matthew 25:40 “Whatever you have done for the least of these, my brothers and sisters, you have done for me.” She touched countless lives over the course of her 93 years on earth, and those of us who have had the privilege to know her and be loved by her will not only miss her, but we are better people because of her.
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