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Marilyn Tate Taylor

October 20, 1934 ~ December 15, 2020 (age 86)


In the early morning hours of Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, Marilyn Tate Taylor was peacefully reunited with her husband, A. Ray Taylor.

Marilyn was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to Charles Francis Tate and Zina Imlay Tate on Oct. 20, 1934. She spent her early years in Tooele, Utah. She married Albert Ray Taylor on Sep. 3, 1954 In the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

While attending Tooele High School, Marilyn played the drums and marched in several parades. She also loved to sing and enjoyed participating in her ward choir as well as when invited to sing in a temple worker choir for their annual meetings in the upper room of the Salt Lake Temple. She could be heard serenading anyone around her. She enjoyed singing the hymns of the Church as well as the songs she and Ray enjoyed from their early married life.

Education was very important to Marilyn. She encouraged her children to follow her example by obtaining higher education. She graduated from LDS Business College with a secretarial degree. She first worked for Beneficial Life where she used the skills she learned in college. She worked for the Granite School District for nearly 25 years, starting at Madison Elementary and retiring from the District offices.

Marilyn had a strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and served in various callings in the church, including the Primary organization as a secretary and as a teacher and in the Relief Society organization. She loved her time serving in the Salt Lake Temple as a temple worker for 16 years, 12 of those with her husband, Ray.

She enjoyed many other interests, including knitting, reading, writing poems, and going for long rides through the mountains where she especially loved looking at the trees. She would sit in her sunroom for hours watching the squirrels run along the power lines between the trees found in her backyard.

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, A. Ray Taylor, her parents, and several siblings: Marjorie Tate Hiss, Richard Leon Tate, Charles Tate Jr, and Robert Wesley Tate. She is survived by a sister, Darlene Tate Bird, and a brother, James "Jim" Tate, her three sons, Steven Taylor (Christine), Brian Kent Taylor (Bobi) and Spencer Scott Taylor, 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.  We know she is enjoying her time with the 2 great-granddaughters that are to join the family in December 2020 and January 2021.

Though she will be greatly missed by her family, we know that her reunion with "that handsome man" certainly was joyous.

Friends and family are invited to a viewing Tuesday, December 22, 2020, 9:30-10:30am at Holbrook Mortuary, 3251 South 2300 East, please remember to wear a mask and social distance. The viewing will be followed by a private family funeral service at 11:00 AM. Due to Covid-19 guidelines attendance to the funeral service is by invitation only, however everyone is invited to watch the services online. To view the service scroll to the bottom of Marilyn's obituary page at: 

 Service Program


Private Family Service
December 22, 2020

11:00 AM
Holbrook Mortuary
3251 South 2300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84109

Video is available for this event

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