Virginia Shirley Mayo Taggart, 84, of Coatesville, PA, passed away on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, at the Brandywine Hospital.
Born in Coatesville, PA, she was the daughter of the late Ida B. (Cobbage) and Edward Hollingsworth. She was the widow of the late Robert Taggart, Sr., who passed away in 2012.
Virginia was a 1955 graduate of S. Horace Scott Senior High School. She was a member of New Life In Christ Fellowship for 12-1/2 years.
Virginia was raised in Spruces in the Borough of South Coatesville. She was raised in the church. Her mother made sure all 10 of her children were in Sunday School each Sunday and Bible Study was at grandma’s house or the neighbor’s house. Virginia attended Bernardtown Baptist Church where she sang on the chorus for several years. She served as an usher, and she was on the board of trustees.
Virginia loved to travel and went to such places as Las Vegas, Hawaii, and Canada. She was known for baking pumpkin and apple pies, cooking macaroni and cheese, and making homemade ice cream. Later in life, she became an avid Facebook user.
She was employed as a Licensed Practical Nurse at the Coatesville V.A. Hospital for many years before retiring. She also worked as an EEG and EKG Specialist Technician. Over the years, she was employed at the Atkinson Hospital, Coatesville Hospital, and Brandywine Hospital. Later, she obtained her Paralegal Certificate from the Wayne Paralegal School. She was a member of the White Hard Hat “Down With Dope, Up With Hope” group that marched from Hayti, East End, and West End, with Mr. Oceola. Westley, Mrs. Gibbs and The Community of Concerned Elderly Grandparents from Coatesville.
She also worked at West Chester Arms, and Brandywine Hall Nursing Home. Virginia helped the men and women of Lukens Steel in Coatesville to write the First Lawsuit against discriminating black union members. They won the lawsuit from knowledge after 3 years of Paralegal School.
Virginia leaves lasting memories to her four daughters; Cheryl Taggart (Jim), Stacy Taggart Ben (Eddie), Charlene Taggart (Mike Brown), and Betsy Branch (Richard), all of Coatesville; three sons, Robert Taggart, Jr., (Loretha), Walter Taggart, and Carroll Shuler, all of Coatesville; sister, Joan Tucker from Pottstown, Pa, special friend Clifton Robinson; four sisters, Ellen Parker, Corrine Jackson, Pauline Mayo, and Florence Taltoan; five brothers, J.C. Mayo, Lawrence "Sonny" Mayo, Rudy Mayo, Bishop Edward Mayo, and William Mayo; 15 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Tashara Taggart and Shante Peterson.
Tribute to Mom: I, Stacy had the strongest black teacher and role model I could ever ask for in my life. Mother, Job Well Done. You fought a great fight and you took good care of your children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Virginia S. Taggart, You Were the best mother anybody could want. I thank you for giving me life and for being my best friend, homie, and roommate. I’ll always remember you and love you forever ♾ RIP Mother (Virginia S. Mayo Taggart).
Homegoing Services will be held at 6 PM Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at New Life in Christ, 1 S. 5th Ave, Coatesville, PA, with a viewing beginning at 4 PM.
The service will be live-streamed. Click here on Wednesday, Dec. 15th beginning at 5:45 PM to WATCH THE SERVICE LIVE on Zoom.
Zoom Meeting ID: 823 1381 9427
Interment will be in the New Evergreen Cemetery in Coatesville on Thursday morning.
Flowers may be sent to the church on the service day. The theme color is blue and white.
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