Grace M. Taggs


Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2007



Ninilchik resident Grace M. Taggs died Sunday, May 13, 2007, at her home surrounded by her family. She was 90.

A private family service will be held.

Mrs. Taggs was born Sept. 19, 1916, in Illinois. She was a high school graduate.

She moved to Ninilchik more than two years ago and was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church. She loved to travel and being surrounded by her family was her greatest joy in life.

“The legacy that will speak the clearest of our mother is her unconditional love for her family. There is not a person she ever turned away when help was needed, not a hug held back, nor a holiday not celebrated. She worked into her 80s and did a lot of traveling in her later years. She was widowed very young and continued raising her eight children alone. She will really leave an empty place in all of our lives,” her family said.

Mrs. Taggs was preceded in death by her husband, Mickey Taggs; son, Ralph Taggs; and grandsons, Gary Florence and Christopher Galuska.

She is survived by her children, Charlene Florence and Charles Taggs Jr. of Ninilchik, Mary Ellen Bilotti of Palm Springs, Calif., James Taggs of Shannon, Ill., Doreen Taggs Galuska of Happy Valley, Cheryl Vincent of Soldotna and Richard Taggs of Napa, Calif.; grandchildren, Teresa Evans of Ninilchik, Susan Bolger of Colorado, Robert Florence of Soldotna, Jeannie Griffitts of Napa, Thomas Taggs of Texas, Tammy Penland, Debbie Grossich, Troy Beauchamp and Mickey Taggs of California, Jeremy Galuska of Happy Valley, Donna Frazier of Tennessee, Keith Vincent of New York, Andrew Vincent of Illinois, Natalie Morgan of Tennessee and Jesse and Nicole Taggs of California.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial donations be made in her name to a favorite cancer benefit or cancer research center.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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