Marillyn Marshall Taylor Klam was born to Allyne and Frank Marshall in Jackson, Mississippi on February 28, 1923, and passed away in Monroe, LA on September 30, 2017. Reared in Monroe, she attended Georgia Tucker and Neville High Schools. Marillyn’s college experience varied: Sullins (VA), Northwestern (IL), Louisian…read more
Marillyn Marshall Taylor Klam was born to Allyne and Frank Marshall in Jackson, Mississippi on February 28, 1923, and passed away in Monroe, LA on September 30, 2017. Reared in Monroe, she attended Georgia Tucker and Neville High Schools. Marillyn’s college experience varied: Sullins (VA), Northwestern (IL), Louisiana Tech. She received her B.A. in English and History from LSU in 1944. She was a member of Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Delta Sorority.
Later, she did graduate work at Northeast Louisiana State College. As President of the Kappa Delta Alumnae Association, Marillyn and her fellow alums installed the Kappa Delta Chapter at Northeast (now ULM).
Marillyn was twice widowed: Jack R. Taylor and Dr. Najeeb Klam.
Her society column, “On Dit” appeared for 25 years in “The News Star“. She later wrote for the “Ouachita Citizen” on an assignment basis. Marillyn authored the books: My Mama Always Said… and Southern Wedding.
She was a travel agent for many years and led several tours to Europe. Marillyn and Dr. Klam cruised, traveled, and danced their way all over the world.
Marillyn was Chairman of the big Bi-Centennial Celebration in Monroe and received a Pacesetter Award from the city.
She was actively involved in numerous organizations, among them Monroe Garden Club where she served as president, Monroe Garden Study League, Colonial Dames XVII Century national Treasurer, Monroe Junior Charity League, English Speaking Union, DAR, Order of the Garter—Society of Mayflower Descendants and Senior State President, LSCAR.
Marillyn was a loyal patron of the arts—Strauss Theater Center, Twin City Ballet, Monroe Symphony and Masur Museum of Art.
She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church where she often read the Lessons.
Preceding her in death were her parents and step father, R. Fred Petty, her mother-in-law Ruth Bell Sturdivant, her two husbands, her brother and sister-in-law Ben & Joy Marshall, sister- and brother-in-law Elizabeth and Ralph Hand, grandson Robert Emil (RET) Taylor, stepson Dr. Roger Klam, and nephew, Ralph Hand.
Marillyn is survived by her children, J. Robert Taylor and wife, Louise, Elizabeth T. Garrison, Frederick B (Rick) Taylor and his wife, Cynthia and stepson, Dr. Warren Klam; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the 2 St. Josephs and Sister Elizabeth.
Memorials might be made to the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home and MedCamps in Monroe or St. Jude’s in Memphis.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, October 16, 2017 in the chapel of Kilpatrick Funeral Home, 1200 Lamy Lane, Monroe, LA. Father Gregg Riley will officiate. There will be a visitation from 10:00 AM until the time of the service.hide
Date: Monday, October 16, 2017
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Date: Monday, October 16, 2017
Time: 11:00 am
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