Margaret Ann Taylor passed away in Kansas City, MO on September 28th.
Ann was born on February 21, 1961, to Charlie and Peggy Dumsky. She grew up in Sugar Creek, MO and graduated from Saint Mary’s High School. She continued her education at the University of Missouri, receiving her bachelor’s degree in communications.
Ann met the love of her life, Rick Taylor, in Sugar Creek and went on to be married on May 10th of 1986. Rick and Ann have two sons, Ross and Logan.
Ann’s favorite thing in life was being a Mother. She loved being involved in the lives of her boys. From teaching their Catechism classes on Wednesday nights, to weekends spent at the baseball park, if they were involved in it, she was there.
As her boys began to grow up, Ann felt called to go back to work as a school teacher. She attended graduate level courses on nights and weekends and received a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Central Missouri. She went on to teach English for 15 years at Osage Trail Middle School in the Fort Osage School District.
Ann took a great deal of pride in anything she committed herself to. For the last 5 years of her teaching career while battling Ovarian Cancer, she scheduled all major surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatments, and visits to the doctor around her school schedule. She refused to let sickness stop her from trying to give her students the best classroom experience she could offer.
When not in the classroom, Ann loved tending to her garden. She kept a finely manicured row of red begonias leading up to her front door that always had a seasonal flag flying above it. She gave the same attention to detail in the kitchen, always putting the same amount of chocolate chips on each cookie that came out of her oven.
Ann is survived by her husband, Rick Taylor. Her sons, Ross (Jamie) and Logan (Michaela). Her mother Peggy, and siblings Joe, Stephen (Rocio) and Sarah (Larry).
The Taylor family would like to express our gratitude to Dr. Lang and Ragan for their support and medical care over the years, as well as the entire staff at Advent Cancer Center.
A visitation will be held Tuesday, October 3rd from 5-8 PM at Carson-Speaks Chapel on Lexington Ave. in Independence, MO. Mass will be held Wednesday, October 4th at 11 AM at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Independence, MO.