Clara “Ann” Taggart-Taylor

April 15, 1930 - February 15, 2022

Clara “Ann” Taggart-Taylor, 91, passed away February 15, 2022, in Sequim, Washington, from natural causes. Born April 15, 1930, in Denver, Colorado, Ann was the daughter of the late George Washington Powell and Ina Myrtle (Gadberry) Powell. She was preceded in death by her sister Norma Jean (Powell) Spencer; first husband Wilbur (John) Taggart, and second husband John Taylor. Ann is survived by her two sons: Bruce (and wife, Raquel) Taggart of Martinsburg, WV, and Mark Taggart of Portland, OR; grandchildren Valerie, Mark, and Joshua; three great-grandchildren; niece, Bonnie (Spencer) Brown and nephew, William (Bill) Spencer.

Ann spent her early childhood in Denver, Colorado, where her family had a general store before moving to Tri-Cities, Washington, during World War II. There she spent her teen years and attended the University of Washington 1948-1950. Ann married John Taggart in July 1951, moving to Anchorage, Alaska, in September of that year where they lived until 1975. During that time Ann raised a family, completed her BA in Humanities at Alaska Methodist University in 1964, and taught second grade at the Northern Lights Elementary School from 1967 to 1975 – a job which she dearly loved. Ann and John moved to Vashon Island, Washington, in 1975 to start a new chapter of their lives. John became ill and died in 1978. Ann subsequently returned to school, receiving a certificate in drafting and went to work for the Boeing Company. She met her second husband, John Taylor, while working at Boeing and they married in 1991. John succumbed to a longstanding illness and died in 1993. Ann retired from Boeing in 1998, moving to Massachusetts for several years to spend time with her three grandchildren before moving to Sequim, Washington, in 2002, where she settled for the remainder of her life. Ann attended the Sequim Community Church and developed many close friendships during her time in Sequim.

Ann had a lifelong love of art and crafts. As an artist, Ann painted numerous beautiful oils of Alaska which she sold at the Fur Rendezvous in Anchorage every year while living in Alaska. During her years in Sequim, she began painting watercolors of numerous local scenes throughout the area. As a quilter she crafted many beautiful quilts for family and friends and was a lifetime member of the Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Club of the Olympic Peninsula. Ann crocheted and tatted as well and loved freely teaching and sharing all her skills and knowledge with others. While in her early 80s, she took great pride and honor in handcrafting and sewing a beautiful wedding dress for her only granddaughter.

Ann was a loving person and will be missed by those who knew her.