Irene Dover Taggart

Dec. 31, 1922 – Nov. 25, 2013

Irene Taggart

Irene Taggart

Norma Irene Dover Taggart was born in Powell on Dec. 31, 1922, to George and Norma Dover. Shortly after she was born, the family moved to Lovell, where her parents owned and operated the Lovell Laundry.

Irene was raised in Lovell. After graduating from Lovell High School she attended Brigham Young University.

Irene married Cal S. Taggart of Cowley on Oct. 17, 1945, in Salt Lake City.

Soon after they were married, Cal and Irene moved to Norfolk, Va., where Cal was stationed in the Navy after World War II.  From there, they lived in Provo, Utah, where she continued her education while Cal completed his. For the remainder of their married life they lived in Lovell, where Irene worked as a legal secretary in the offices of Bowman and Bowman, before having children.

The love of her life was Cal, and she was happiest being at home with her family. She was a graceful entertainer, spent many hours working in her garden and was an amazing cookie and candy maker. Because of her love and support, Cal accomplished many things for the community of Lovell and the State of Wyoming. They loved to dance together and golf together, and for many years golf was Irene’s passion. In the last years of their life together, Cal and Irene generously took their family on many wonderful trips.

In their later years Cal and Irene enjoyed time in Sun City West, Ariz., where they had a home. After Cal’s death, Irene moved to Cody to be closer to her daughter, Dana, and her family.

She died Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at the West Park Hospital Long Term Care Center.

Mrs. Taggart was predeceased by an infant son, Mark Dover Taggart, her husband Cal S. Taggart, and three brothers: Jack, George and Duke Dover. She is survived by her son Todd (Mary) of Healdsburg, Calif., and children Grant, Paige and Ian (Amy); her daughter Dana Cranfill (Steve) and children Meghan Cranfill and Laura Jackson (Todd); great-grandchildren Macey Cranfill and Averi and Isaac Jackson, all of Cody; brother Don (Marilyn) Dover of Lovell; sister Mary Jean Hemstreet of McMinnville, Ore.; sisters-in-law Phyllis Taggart of Cody and Kay Booth of Provo and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her family would especially like to thank the staff at Absaroka Assisted Living and West Park Hospital Long Term Care Center. In lieu of flowers donations to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City or the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Cody Wyoming LDS Stake Center at 11 a.m. A luncheon followed the funeral service. Burial took place at the Cowley cemetery at 3 p.m. Saturday. An online memorial is available at www.ballardfh.com.

Ballard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

To send one of our special floral arrangements, please call Valley Flowers & Gifts in Lovell, 307-548-7101

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