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  Born: September 15, 1953
  Place of Birth: East Chicago, Indiana
  Death: April 2, 2009
  Place of Death: Columbia, South Carolina
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Tara Sue Taggart
September 15, 1953 - April 2, 2009
Blythewood: A memorial service for Tara Sue Taggart, 55, of Blythewood, will be held Monday, April 20th at 2:00 pm, Covenant Community Fellowship, 1111 Mason Rd., Columbia, SC 29203. The family will receive friends following the service. Memorials may be made to Cotton Branch Animal Sanctuary, 507 Cotton Branch Rd., Leesville, SC 29070. Shives Funeral Home, Colonial Chapel, is assisting the family.

Ms. Taggart died April 2, 2009. Born in East Chicago, Indiana, on September 15, 1953, she was a daughter of Barbara June Harmack Taggart and the late Dr. Dean Milburn Taggart. Tara was educated in Indiana and New York. She graduated from Furman University, Magna Cum Laude, and then graduated from South Carolina School of Law - J.D. in 1993. Previously employed with S.C. Department of Appellate Defense, General Council, S.C. Guardian Ad Litem Program and Private Practice - Criminal Defense. Tara’s life was committed to serving those whose lives were surrounded by adversity. She used her training and philosophy, as well as the legal system to ensure a level playing field to those who found themselves embroiled in the Legal Justice System. From those clients she earned the honorific of “MAD DOG”.

Tara was also an animal protection activist and with Jan Alber-Senn established the Cotton Branch Animal Sanctuary. She exercised her Christian faith in every facet of her life and will live forever in the hearts of all those who knew her as a friend or colleague.

She is survived by her mother, Barbara Taggart; brothers, David Taggart and Michael (Kathleen) Taggart; sister, Jill Wilson (Robert); and niece, Starr Morris, affectionately called Peeper by Tara. Also surviving are maternal cousins in Indiana, Ohio, California and Arizona; one fraternal cousin, Diane of Illinois. In addition to her father, Tara was preceded in death by a niece, Grace Emily Taggart and aunts, Gladys Forgey and Wahneetah Donaldson.

The Taggart family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to her Pastors, Scott Bowerman and Harry Phillips of New Kirk Presbyterian Church in Blythewood, as well as the congregation for the love and help they freely gave Tara. We are also grateful for the love and caring of her devoted friends; Mary Lou and Steve Lee, Sandy Crandall, Robert Coggins, Joe and Jocelyn Wojeck, Anne Macaluso and the newest of these Roxie Kincannon, as well as so many others.


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