Published 2:06 pm Wednesday, December 27, 2023
Oct. 30, 1930-Dec. 24, 2023
Betty Mae Taggart, passed away peacefully on Dec. 24, 2023, in her hometown of Dowagiac, MI, the same place where her story began on Oct. 30, 1930. Born to the late Paul and Gladys Slack, Betty’s life was a testament to her unwavering passion and dedication to those she loved.
Betty’s journey through life was shared with her beloved husband, Donald Taggart, who predeceased her after 53 years of marriage. Together, they raised a family that became Betty’s pride and joy. She was a loving mother to Kathy (Darel) Bankston, Keith (June) Taggart, and Kevin Taggart. Her role as a grandmother to Kristina Blank, Michael Bankston, Corey Taggart, and Joshua Taggart, and as a great-grandmother to McKenzie, Allison, Audrey, Natalie, Claire, Zoey, and Amelia, was one she cherished with every ounce of her being.
A lifelong resident of Dowagiac, Betty was a proud graduate of Dowagiac High School. Her commitment to her community was evident through her 45-year tenure at the Wolverine Mutual Insurance Company. Even after retirement, Betty continued to serve her community as a volunteer at the Dowagiac Area History Museum, sharing her love for the town’s heritage with others.
Betty’s life was enriched by the companionship of her special friend, Chuck Timmons, with whom she shared many cherished moments. Her heart, always expansive, had room for every family member, friend, and even strangers who would soon become friends.
A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home.
Photos, condolences, and memories may be left for Betty’s family at www.BrownFuneralHomeNiles.com
Donations may be made in Betty’s name to the Dowagiac Area History Museum, at 201 E. Division Street, Dowagiac, MI 49047
Her family will remember her as the matriarch who wove a tapestry of love and kindness throughout their lives. Betty’s legacy is one of compassion, creativity, and devotion — a legacy that will continue to live on in the hearts and memories of all who knew her.