Mary was born June 13, 1930 in Minneapolis to Amos and Jemima (Behrens) Abbott. She graduated from Hopkins High School in 1948 and then attended the University of Minnesota. On June 13, 1953, Mary married Bob Taylor at her parent’s home in Hopkins. They raised their daughter, Barb, in Orono where they had a hobby farm and made their home from 1958-1995. In 1995 they moved to Ogilvie where they have resided ever since.
Mary loved animals of all kinds, particularly horses, raising and showing Arabian horses most of her life and was named the Minnesota Horse Council’s “Horse Person of The Year” for 2010. She was a founding member of the Minnesota Arabian Horse Association and was involved with many other horse organizations until her final days. In her younger years, Mary was active in ice skating and swimming, once swimming across both Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun as a teenager. She also sang in an amateur opera company along with her brother, Tom.
Mary is survived by her husband, Bob, of Ogilvie; daughter, Barb (Roger) Landa of Roseville; brother, Tom Abbott of California; grandson, Jason Patterson; and other relatives and friends. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by one brother, Richard Abbott.
A sharing time to honor her life was held Dec. 5 at Strike Funeral Home – Cambridge Chapel.