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Martha Anne Webster Taylor, resident of Blakeford Woodcrest in Nashville Tennessee passed away on Oct. 5, 2017 at age 95 due to complications of dementia.

Known to her friends as "Marty", Marty devoted her life to her family, friends, and church always having an upbeat spirit and care for their well-being. As a dedicated follower of Christ, Marty impacted countless lives through her kind service, speaking engagements, wise counsel, and intercessory prayer.

Born in Evansville Indiana, she developed a love for photography, tennis, and flowers which she enjoyed for most of her life. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. Upon graduation, Marty worked for TVA in Knoxville before moving to Washington DC to work for the House of Representatives Public Works Committee. She married Franklin W. Taylor of Morristown in 1952 where she raised her two sons. She was active in local service clubs and played tennis (winning many local tournaments). On May 13, 1965 while on a trip to Los Angeles CA - she was selected as a contestant on the Let's Make a Deal show with Monty Hall and won a set of wrought iron furniture. In 1967 she started her own radio show called Fascinating People interviewing local celebraties and historians. She raised her own sponsorships for the show.

Sept 17, 1967 she accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord and her life changed forever (at age 45). With Peggy Chandley she helped start the Christian Women's Club of Morristown in 1969. Over the years Marty lead many bible studies, was involved with Lay Witness events, and was a frequent speaker at Christian Women's Clubs

After the death of her husband Frank, Marty moved to Chattanooga in 1977 to be close to her brother James Epps Webster and her mother Elizabeth Roberts Webster. While in Chattanooga, she was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga and help support Kay Arthur with her Precepts Ministry. Over the years she enjoyed many trips overseas to Israel, Europe, England, Canada, and Scotland.

After the death of her brother, Marty moved to Franklin TN to be close to her two sons. She was active at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Nashville until her dementia progressed. She lived her remaining years at Blakeford Senior Living where the family wishes to thank the wonderful care givers that served her in her last years - whom she appreciated and entertained with her humor and cheerful attitude.

Marty will be missed by her two children and their spouses - Richard and Julie Taylor of Franklin Tennessee and Bill and Erin Taylor of Hendersonville, Tennessee and her grandchildren - Elllis Taylor, Franklin Taylor, Richmond Taylor, Mitchell Taylor and Scott Taylor (all of Nashville, Tennessee).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Precept Ministries of Chattanooga Tennessee, or First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The family will have a private graveside burial service in Morristown Tennessee, and plan to schedule a Memorial service at a later date.

Born to Robert and Elizabeth Webster May 1, 1922. Learned tennis picked up photography as a hobby with her brother Jim (James Epps Webster1. Hired as official photographer for summer camp in Wisconsin.

Had to move to family farm outside Knoxville in 1939 due to loss of dad's business due to the Great Depression. The farm was of Elizabeth Webster's grandfather Richard M. Epps. The original home was built in 1817. She attended Central High School in Knoxville where she was selected to be on the cheerleading team

Attended University of Tennessee Knoxville and joined Delta Delta Delta (Tri Delt) sorority considered the top sorority on campus - where she made many lifelong friends.

After graduation, Marty continued her work as a professional photographer and worked for TVA before moving to Washington DC in 1951 with her friend Louise Heflin to work for a subcommittee of the House of Representatives Public Works Committee.

She met Franklin Taylor of Morristown and was married June 3 1952 and New York Ave Presbyterian Church in Washington DC.

Continued to excel at Tennis winning many Knoxville City trophies in singles and doubles. One of her double partners was John Cullum how later won Tony Awards for his broadway shows and an Emmy Award for his role on the TV show Northern Exposure.

She met Franklin Taylor of Morristown and was married June 3 1952 and New York Ave Presbyterian Church in Washington DC

Moved to Morristown and had first son Richard Sept 27 1953 and second son Bill Dec 25, 1954

She continued to play tennis and win City Tournaments in Morristown.

May 13, 1965 while on a trip to Los Angeles CA - she was selected as a contestant on the Let's Make a Deal show with Monty Hall and won a set of wrought iron furniture.

Marty reunited with her tennis star when she met John back stage in his broadway production of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. That same week Marty was stranded in apartment due to the famous Nov 9 1965 black out of New York City that lasted 13 hours

In 1967 she started her own radio show called Fascinating People interviewing local celebraties and historians. She raised her own sponsorships for the show.

Sept 17, 1967 despite having been to church most of her life she accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord and her life changed forever (at age 45) through an encounter with Bertha Smith a missionary speaker. This conversion created a hunger to do more and share Christ with others. With Peggy Chandley she helped start the Christian Women's Club of Morristown in 1969 She attended Bob Snyner . She would later be a speaker at many Christian Women's Clubs in Tennessee.

She started teaching senior high school Sunday school class and invited other Christians to share their testimony and because of that was asked to resign in April 1972.

On May 31, 1972 her husband Frank died suddenly of a heart attack.

July 1 1973 joined First Baptist Church of Morristown

March 1974 Holy Land trip to Israel

Started Women's Bible Class and Law Renewal meetings

Moved to Chattanooga August 1977

Sept 1977 Met Kay Arthur of Precept Ministries and taught class at Reach Out Ranch

Joined First Presbyterian Church Chattanooga pastor Ben Haden Jan 29, 1978

Continued Lay Witness meetings in various cities

Elizabeth Webster dies Oct 16, 1978 - shared Christ with her mother in June 1978

1981 nose skin cancer surgery

Oct 1982 Hip surgery

Dec 1983 Hip surgery in Atlanta

Richard marries Julie Ann OBriant July 1984

1985 to 1998 trips to Europe, England, Ireland and trips to the Pacific Northwest and New England with her son Richard and daughter in law Julie.

Moved to Franklin Sept 19 1998

Joined Covenant Presbyterian Church Oct 29, 2000

May 4, 2002 - 80th Birthday celebration at Bill's house in Hendersonville with Peggy Chandley and Ann Stewart and Stephen Chandley

April 2 2005 had a mild stroke

August 19, 2005 moved to Blakeford Assisted Living (age 83)

Marty was a prayer warrior who prayed daily for others.

She had her own business cards she would hand out to strangers with the Scripture verse of Phillippians 1:21 To me to live is Christ and tag line thanks for the hole coincidence of knowing you

for our wives and having grandkids

After 5 - you can stop praying now - hard to keep up with

Dementia undiagnosed - stroke - no more care - assisted living

Always friendly smile and trying in her best way to be friendly

  • Running down the halls on her walker
  • Whoopee
  • I did that? - when showed pictures of her tennis and her throphies
  • Thank you so much for coming and helping
  • Blakeford Staff loved her

May 25, 1999 hip revision

The Billy Graham Crusade at Neyland Stadium, seen here on May 24, 1970, saw 12,000 people make professions for Christ over 10 days.

Mother's Legacy

Always in a good spirit

Wrote a song RAPTURE I want to be raptured out of here

Radio Program in Morristown Fascinating people

Ready to meet the Lord in a moment

Made a difference in my life and brother and her mother and Mother in Law

Sharing her "Best Friend with others

Her best Friend Peggy chandley

Thank staff of Blakeford - Brittany

Covenant Presbyterian Church - her church home and SS class

Never missed a Sunday - knew passing lanes on Hillsboro Road

Friends from Chattanooga and Ben Haden's church and coffee/coke after church

KayArthur - first computer Precept Ministries

Billy Graham and

Age 12 joined Presbyterian church with my mind only not my heart

Age 17 invited Christ into my heart - changed life - wanted to be Snyder Bible class

Amazing no formal training

Find picture of Mother with Kay Arthur giving her the computer and send to Kay Arthur

Scan photo

Family Remembrances

Here to celebrate the life of a wonderful mother, grandmother, wife, friend, and follower of Christ

Mother stood out with her Scotch Irish background - Websters and Roberts - she choose to take a different path - born in Evansville - her life and her family's life forever changed by the great Depression - lost it all - prior to that living the life of the roaring 20's - streetcar to the movie theathr, Bosse high school brick covered football stadium, playing tennis, love for photography - Senior year relocated to family farm in Knoxville - huge shock - yet she went out and was selected - senior year - not knowing anyone to be on the cheerleading team that year - Following year accepted into UT - and pledge the most outstanding sorority on campus - Tri Delts - another amazing accomplishment as mother's family had no money - her mother - where she inherited many great traits - was not going to let Great Depression beat them overnight learned how to operate a farm - milk cows were the key to surviving for them - selling milk paid for mother to go to college - On campus = mother because a accomplished tennis player - this was during the world effort - few men on campus - but she excelled - summers - made money as a photopgrapher - graduated and found a job at TVA then her good friend - let's take jobs in Washington DC - worked for Congressman - Keafauver - and mother in a movie with Van Johnson - enjoyed celebrities - met my father at this point and married quickly and she was now in Morristown - next challenge and soon I was born - now a mother another challenge she took on - all the while playing tennis - many throphies - as we were older - took on show fascinating people - her own initiative got her own sponsors = pioneer in her time - women did not do this. -

Biggest challenge and accomplishment was the day she came home and told family she had become a Christian - what do you mean - we are already Christians = joined the church at 12 like everyone else in the family - all Presbyterians - I had accepted Christ with my head but not with myheart - never confessed my personal sin and personnay invited into my life.

Born again Sept 17, 1967 (age 45)

Watched as mother's life changed almost overnight - gave up bad habits - hungry for the word - and sharing with everyone she knew teaching seniors high school SS class invited Baptist seniors to share their testimony - leadring at First Presbyterian Church in Morristown - appalled - you can't bring outsiders into the church to share their testimony - you need to step down - and she did and left the church to join Baptist church - I accepted Jesus because of her so did my brother - my grandmother late in life her mother - all of whom had gone to church every Sunday - accepted Christ with their head but not their heart - message today

Founded Christian Womend Club of Morristown her life long friend Peggy Chandley left this earth too soon - speaker on circuit - Barbara Barker wife of Frank Barker founder of Briarwood Churchin Birmingham - moved their right out of college - church home because of mother - always praying for us - found her prayer diary - amazing treasure of God's faithfulness - people she prayed for every day - tears - some of you in this room - she was praying for your - your names in her prayer diary - moved to Chattanooga - another wonderful chapter in her life - led her brother Jim to Christ - First Pres Chattanooga - Ben Haden - huge difference First Presy Morristown - PCA church - very active - lot of wonderful friends

my wife - Julie - she had to check her out and asked her if she was a Christian first time she met - bold but not pushy

After colon cancer surgery - she took on and beat moved to Franklin - her new church - Covenant Presy Church - another wonderful home for her - even after dementia there every Sunday - - selected asst living across the street - so she could get to church - Jack Foster

Christ's spirit in her - even was senility and dementia took hold - always as cheerful as she could be - whoopee - and sang along iwththe songs - she still knew some of the words and could still read - not remember what happended 10 minutes earlier -

Always friendly smile and trying in her best way to be friendly

  • Running down the halls on her walker
  • Whoopee
  • I did that? - when showed pictures of her tennis and her throphies
  • Thank you so much for coming and helping
  • Blakeford Staff loved her

Thank you from Blakeford for being here compassionate and caring and wonderful programs for the residents that mother loved the singing and songs

amazing mother, friend, that stood out all her life - never afraid to take on a challenge - to live her life boldy for Christ wherever she went

. It is truly the only way to live. And if you have never accepted Jesus with your heart - you are missing out on a wonderful and eternal life in heaven. For those that have accepted Jesus' offer of forgiveness - you will see Mother again and what a joyous reunion that will be.

One of the ways God represented in her life - was red bird cardinal - every time she saw one she was reminded of God's faithfulness in her life. Like the red bird - Mother stood out from the crowd - as she dared to be different - take on challenges and live boldy for her best friend in life - Jesus. Every time I see a red bird reminded of God's faithfulness to mother and each time you see a redbird - hope you will be reminded of Marty and of how her life was a living example of God's faithfulness

Flowers - roses - assortment - one of her talents and hobbies - flower arrangements

Listen to her tape in my metal file cabinet

Mother's marked up Bible - bought in nov 1 1969 recommended by bob Snider

Born again Sept 17, 1967 spiritual birthday age 45

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