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Obituary for Ruth Mary Taylor

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Ruth Mary Taylor

March 29, 1926 - June 11, 2012

Ruth Mary Maw Taylor passed away peacefully on June 11, 2012. Ruth was born on March 29, 1926 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Robert and Mary Maw. She married her eternal sweetheart Benjamin Mahonri Taylor on June 26, 1947 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They were the parents of 10 children, 38 grandchildren and 37 great grandchildren. Ruth was a graduate of West High School in Salt Lake City. She lived in several different states while her husband developed his medical career. The family eventually settled in Seattle, WA where they lived for 25 years. They returned to Utah where she has resided since 1973. Ruth was a devoted member of the LDS church her entire life where she served in many capacities. She and her husband served a mission in the Frankfurt, Germany Temple from 1991-1992. They were also ordinance workers in the Ogden LDS Temple for many years. She loved her work in the Relief Society and her association with Camp Honeybee with the Daughters of Utah Pioneers. She loved to work with her hands by sewing, cooking, floral arranging, creating family memory books and much more. Her home was always welcoming and beautiful. She loved music and had a beautiful soprano voice and enjoyed her association with the Singing Mothers in Seattle, WA and also participating in many ward choirs. She loved to write and was eloquent in her messages. She always demonstrated a simple pure devotion to the Savior. She devoted a lifetime of noble and willing service to her children and grandchildren and they were the greatest joys of her life. She constantly filled her role as matriarch of her large and growing family. She also displayed endless acts of service and charity to many others. She missed her husband after his passing in 2003 and has longed to be with him again. What a beautiful reunion she has had with her husband and two sons, Mark and Douglas, who preceded her in death. Our lives are forever impacted by her timeless grace and dignity. She is survived by her children Paul (Susan) Taylor, Eagle, ID; James (Annette) Taylor, Perry, UT; Denise Taylor, South Ogden, UT; Stephen (Tamara) Taylor, South Ogden, UT; Margaret (David) Tipton, Elk Ridge, UT; Joseph (Debra) Taylor, Kaysville, UT; Richard (Lea) Taylor, South Ogden, UT; Ann Marie (Glenn) Ostlund, Tempe, AZ; Linda (Kevin) Lott, Tempe, AZ. A viewing will be held at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden on Friday, June 15, 2012 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the South Ogden 7th Ward Building, 720 Nancy Drive, South Ogden at 11:00 a.m. with a viewing prior from 9:30 ~ 10:30 a.m.Interment at Washington Heights Memorial Park. Her family would like to extend their gratitude to the caring staff at McKay-Dee Hospital and Intermountain Hospice. Please send us your condolences and a memory at


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Visitation Information

Date: Saturday, June 16, 2012

Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am

South Ogden 7th Ward Building


720 Nancy Drive , , Ogden, UT,

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Service Information

Date: Saturday, June 16, 2012

Time: 11:00 am -

South Ogden 7th Ward Building


720 Nancy Drive , , Ogden, UT,

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Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, June 16, 2012

Washington Heights Memorial Park


4500 Washington Blvd , , Ogden, UT,

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Born: March 29, 1926
Died: June 11, 2012

Condolences for Ruth Mary Taylor

Sandra Southern posted on 6/18/12

Ruth was a beautiful daughter of God, whom I adored and respected more than she knew. I watched her closely over the years and saw something so special in the way she talked to and treated everyone, I therefore, tried to pattern my life after her many beautiful deeds and actions. Ruth's loving demeanor will always be a part of my life. Ruth will always be remembered with loving thoughts.


Allyson Taylor posted on 6/16/12

A paradoxical farewell and reunion has graced my days this poignant June. I made it home in time to say farewell to my sweet Grandmother Taylor. Ruth Mary Maw Taylor "returned home to that God who gave her life" (Alma 40:11) on Monday June 11, 2012. It was a sweet reunion for her no doubt. She was reunited with her husband, sons, granddaughter, parents, siblings and many others. While we do miss her, how happy we are she is home. When I parted with her for the last time in life, I told her she looked like an angel. I promised her I would have lots of kids, and they would all know what an incredible grandmother I have. Through tears I expressed my testimony and love to listening ears. Despite her weakness in those final hours, she looked into my eyes and whispered "thanks sweetie." I vowed to call all of my grandchildren "sweetie," just as she. My family also shared wonderful tributes at the funeral. Wow. I am so amazed by the woman she is. I love what Uncle James said, "she is as alive as you and I. She is just not here. We are an eternal family." Her family meant everything to her. She gave her whole life and soul to serving the Lord by serving her beautiful and growing family. Today was special to me because I was surround by the BEST men and women in the entire world: my family. Words can't explain the swelling in my heart, the love I have for all you, as Grandma has for you too. You are her legacy, grand and noble, a fitting posterity of this daughter of God we call blessed.So you see, life is about farewells and reunions- made sweet by those we love. May we all live to be eternally reunited together, and with each other, and most importantly with our Savior and Father, who prepared the way and wait for our return. I know this is their will, and mine. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.


Hilea Groesbeck posted on 6/16/12

Dear Taylors, I'm so very sorry to hear of your sweet mom's passing. However, I do believe that reuniting with your fabulous dad was glorious, not to mention her two sons and loved ones who preceded her passing. Please know that my thoughts are with you from miles away, and with much love and hope for a Taylor/Groesbeck reunion in the near future. Richard, you were the brightest light at Jess' memorial, and I wish i could offer as much comfort as you did to us. Something tells me that the Bear and Eagle are up to mischeif, and Ruth the voice of reason once again. You all were truly blessed with such a mother. Take care and comfort. Yours always, Hilea


Jenny Groesbeck Butera posted on 6/15/12

Oh, Sweet Ruth! I have the fondest of memories of Ruth who put up a lot with adolescent behavior not only from all us kids, but from the "grown up" men, one to whom she was married, the other, his best friend Jesster. I definitely know that Ruth would be one of only a few select precious souls who could cause both Sharon and Jess to run together to greet her and Benj at her passing from here to there, knocking over every other soul in their way. I will never forget her belly laughs over endless funny moments, especially the Esalin shaman dance. Ruth was a wonderful mother, friend, example and godmother. I have missed her for years and will miss her more now that she has moved on. Bless her sweet soul.


Kathy (Lafferty) Paul posted on 6/15/12

When I read of Ruth's passing, a flood of memories came to my mind of when I was a teenager in the Seattle 13th ward. She hired me to help her with housework and baby-sitting during the summers when I was 16 or 17 years old. It was through those experiences that I got to know Ruth (or Sister Taylor as I called her.) We had wonderful conversations that influenced me for years to come. It was not only her words that affected me, but her loving example that had the greatest impact. One time she and her husband were asked to speak at a youth conference where they would be gone for a couple of days. I was amazed when she trusted me enough to baby-sit and stay overnight. I was blessed to participate in their family prayer before they left. When I graduated from high school she remained my friend. When I became engaged to get married, she had wonderful advice to give me about marriage. She also gave a bridal shower for me. She made my veil for me which I still have today. During the summer before I got married, she invited me and my fiance to go to a fireside with her and her husband. (Bro. Taylor was the speaker.) We loved going with them. I love every memory I have of this special woman who had a lasting impact on my life. The last memory I have is when she came to my mother's funeral four years ago. As I was greeting people, I saw this lovely lady standing alone waiting to talk with me. When she came forward, I recognized her as my dear friend from years ago. How happy I was to see her! How sweet of her to come to my mother's funeral! She brought a copy of my mother's obituary enclosed in a plastic covering with a flower inside. She is truly a special daughter of God, who I will always remember. I pray that all of you will be comforted and blessed knowing you will be with her and your Dad again.Love,Kathy (Lafferty) Paul


Richard Taylor posted on 6/15/12

Despite the grief, I feel great joy and peace in realizing that Mom and Dad are together again. Our family relationships will last forever. Mom has earned the greatest blessings that Heavenly Father has in store for those who live and serve faithfully throughout their mortal lives. She (with a little help from Dad) brought 10 children into this world. She sacrificed, loved, nurtured and cared for every one of us for decades. She placed her family before her own interests. She was called upon to endure the passing of two of her sons and other family members. She loved her family and felt that her family was her greatest treasure. She was a noble and righteous matriarch of a large family. Mom - you were a perfect Mother. As your seventh son and eighth child, I share my eternal love for you and my gratitude for the profound legacy you have left for us. I'll see you again.