Mary Kay Taylor
1952 - 2021
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September 20, 1952 - February 12, 2021

Mary Kay Taylor was a fireball that lit up our lives. A friend, agitator, advocate, and mother, her fierce heart radiated vibrantly up until its final moment. She was strong. An only child, she survived her parents' cancer and suicide to foster a new family. As a single mother, she brazenly stole her son away from the very fists of Greek patriarchy. When a Mack truck left her body shattered, she refused to let doctors' amputate her arm, just so she could hold her baby boy again. When those around her fell upon hard times, she was their rock and a solesce on the other end of the telephone. No matter how much she hurt, Mary Kay always found the heart to keep us on our toes. Her kindness, moxy, and art for living were remarkable. In her short life, Mary Kay fought under a renowned public defender, brought light and independence into the homes of people with blindness across the Four Corners, parlayed in fluent Greek, and wandered on dirt roads from Jerusalem to Paris.

Mary Kay had a spirit that sought out the light in everyone. She would tell us to 'shine, baby, shine!'

We hope to hold a celebration of Mary Kay's life towards the end of May or the beginning of June, at Four Corners Junction Creek Rehab, Durango, CO. For any questions, or to share stories, photos or condolences with her loved ones, please reach out to her son:

Alexandros Taylor

720 487 7520

Born in Raton, NM. She died in Durango. Mother: Evelyn Esther Oberosler. Father: Leland Orville Taylor. Graduated in Sandia High School, Albuquerque 1970. Old family name: Luksich.

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Published in The Durango Herald on Mar. 16, 2021.
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March 24, 2021
The obituary says everything. She was a phenomenal woman, tenacious and a wicket sense of humor. This world will miss her energy.
Dian Jenkins
March 18, 2021
From the first meeting, Mary Kay and I were destined to be the kind of friends who may not talk for a few months but will still finish the last sentence from our last conversation. Not only did she gift me with her humor and her love, but she also shared her beloved son, Alexandros with me. I was lucky enough to share her world in all its beauty, mischief and love. Thank you for gracing my world Mary Kay!
Ann Perkins-Parrott
March 18, 2021
Mary Kay was a good friend and kind neighbor to me and my late wife, Anita. Her smile was contagious and she was the first neighbor I met after moving to Rafter J. My deep condolences to Alex.
March 16, 2021
She certainly was a fireball! We at Four Corners all loved her very much. I in particular loved her rabble-rousing spirit. Thanks for a beautiful obituary, Alex. She was a very special lady indeed.
Nurse Cindi
Cindi Trautmann
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