In a matter of weeks however, the Taggarts’ lives would be tuned upside down. Lydia Taggart received a diagnosis of appendiceal cancer.
“We found out two weeks after I started the job at Atlanta Life Financial Group,” Bill Taggart said. “So then we had a decision to make. Do we stay in Charlotte and fight this battle? Or do we come to Atlanta and fight? She said we should come to Atlanta.”
Taggart said deciding to make the move was “a blessing, because we ended up with this amazing support system as we fought this battle.”
Lydia Rose Roston Taggart, of Atlanta, died June 18 from complications of cancer. She was 47.
A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. on Saturday at Saint Philip A.M.E. Church, Atlanta. Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, South DeKalb Chapel, arranged the cremation.
In the almost two years that Taggart live in Atlanta, she got involved in as many civic and political activities as she could, her husband said. A former pharmaceutical representative, Taggart earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Florida A&M University.
A native of Long Island, N.Y., she also worked in sales for UPS before becoming a full-time wife and mother. An active member of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., while in Charlotte, Taggart was looking forward to making connections with people she’d met in Charlotte and Atlanta, her husband said.
Harper said she knows her friend would have been an asset to any organization or cause she chose to support.
“She was light,” Harper said. “She was a strikingly beautiful woman with a mega-watt smile. Wherever there was darkness and she came in, there would be light.”
In addition to her husband, Taggart is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Fortune Taggart; father, James E. Roston Sr. of New York, N.Y.; sister, Rachel Zeigler of Lithonia; and brother, William L. Roston of Carey, N.C.