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Marcella "Marcy" Frances (Johnson) Taylor

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 4th, 2012

Marcella Taylor
Marcella “Marcy” Frances (Johnson) Taylor, 88, of Lincoln City, Ore., died Nov. 24, 2012.

She was born March 27, 1924, the only child of Byron Mark and Frances (Shannon) Johnson in Oregon City, Ore. She lived her first 18 years in Zigzag, Ore., graduating from Sandy Union High School in 1942. She arrived in Eugene at age 18 and graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.S. degree in 1946.

She taught mathematics at Estacada High School from 1946 to 1951, at Canby High School in the 50s and 60s, and at Walla Walla Community College. She received a MS degree from Walla Walla College in 1971. She continued her education all the rest of her life, doing more graduate work at University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Western Oregon and Portland State.

In 1971, she came to Taft High School in Lincoln City as a counselor and was there until her retirement in 1991. In 1989, she was selected as teacher of the year in Lincoln County.

In her teaching career, she served on many state department of education committees, including the selection of state adopted mathematic textbooks.

When she retired, friends from Taft High School, Lincoln County School District, former students and parents gave her a roundtrip air ticket to London and further funds to buy a round trip air ticket to Prague and a hotel room for a week. All this enabled her to be in Europe when school started the following fall. She often said one of the most difficult things she had ever done was to turn in her keys and walk out of Taft High School on her last day of employment. She never thought of her work as a job, but a place where she was allowed to go every day for 20 years and have the time of her life.

To fill that void in her life after retirement, she volunteered to “save the world” with an emphasis on assisting children.

She was on the founding board of Oregon Coast Community College. She was also on the founding board of the Lincoln County Commission on Children and Families, and was a board member of the State of Oregon Citizen’s Review Board, Lincoln County Nonprofit Social Service Agency Committee, Small Grant Committee for LCCCF, Samaritan North Lincoln Citizen Advisory Committee, and Together We Read. She volunteered at the Driftwood Library, tutoring on how to use the Internet and email and as a tutor in ESL. In 2005, she received an award from the Driftwood Public Library for support and promotion of the library. She was a member of AAUW, serving as president for three years.

As a young person she read all of Richard Halliburton’s travel books, which led to a dream of traveling. She visited more than 50 countries around the world.

She often said that if she touched anyone’s life, she hoped it was in a positive way.

The joy of her life were her two children, Bruce and Mary. They survive her with the respective spouses, children and grandchildren - Bruce and Pattee, their son Marcus and his family, and Mary and Raymond Clark and their children Taylor and Morgan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Marcy Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Lincoln County Foundation, 8423 Yaquina Bay Road, Newport, OR 97365. A memorial service is being scheduled for mid-January 2013.

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