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Marilyn Tankersley Taylor

Obituary for Marilyn Tankersley Taylor

October 20, 1925 - October 15, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 91


Marilyn Tankersley Taylor, loving daughter of Mary Muchmore Tankersley and William Earl Tankersley, passed on October 15, 2017. She was born in Sapulpa, OK October 25, 1925. Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband, Charles (Chuck) E. Taylor, Jr. in 1994, as well as her parents, brothers Bill (and his wife Betty), and Dan (and his wife Jamie), and her sister-in-law Betty Corn. She was the last of her generation involving both the Tankersley and Taylor families.

Marilyn graduated from Classen High School in Oklahoma City class of 1943, and also attended Hockaday School in Dallas during World War II. She was a graduate of the University of Oklahoma in 1946 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. At OU, she was a proud member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority in which she was an active alum for many years.

Marilyn married Chuck in Oklahoma City July 9, 1949. They moved to Tulsa for a short time, then on to Colorado thereafter to start a new life with Chuck being a landman for Shell Oil and Tennessee Gas. All of her children were born in Colorado (Sterling, Denver) and in 1956, the family moved to Lafayette, LA where Chuck opened a land office for an oil/gas firm. Marilyn and Chuck loved living in Lafayette, where both became very involved with the community. Marilyn spent most of her time raising her children and volunteering for several non-profit organizations. She enjoyed working with her children's schools, and was president of PTA several times. She also enjoyed being active in: the Junior League, board member of the Rehabilitation Center of Lafayette, Pink Lady for Lafayette General Hospital, Kappa Alpha Theta alumni, Town House Club of Lafayette, Les Amee', D.A.R., Colonial Dames, Women's Club of Lakeway, and spent countless hours assisting with various Mardi Gras balls and related parades.

Unfortunately during the summer of 1969, she was diagnosed with breast cancer (there was no chemotherapy or radiation available during that time). After three major surgeries, she remained cancer free until her passing. In 1979, Marilyn and Chuck moved to Lakeway, TX where they quickly made many friends and enjoyed entertaining them. In 1997 and after Chuck's passing, she began living with her daughter Mary Anne and her husband for the next 14 years in Austin. During that time, she enjoyed meeting many new friends who lovingly called her "T". After being diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2010, she resided in assisted living and memory care facilities in Austin for the rest of her life. Marilyn's family thanks the many care givers, med-aids, and others who did so much to keep her relatively comfortable despite this debilitating disease she battled for over 7 years.

Marilyn is survived by her children Mary Anne Hackney (husband Jim) of Austin and J. Scott Taylor (wife Cheryl) of Austin. She has 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Marilyn is also survived by her 6 nieces and nephews from the Tankersley side of the family, along with their children and spouses.

Marilyn Tankersley Taylor will be fondly remembered as a loving mother, wife, friend, great cook, organizational expert, industrious, and being a wonderful person who was appreciated and respected by many. She was very proud of her family, and loved family gatherings, along those with neighbors and friends. Marilyn will be forever missed by her family and those closest to her.

Marilyn's family and close friends will celebrate her life from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday November 18th at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made in Marilyn Tankersley Taylor's honor to American Cancer Society (, and Alzheimer's Texas (formerly known as Alzheimer's Association Capital of Texas) (

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