Lisa Marie (Madrid) Taylor

Posted: Sunday, April 19, 2009

Longtime Juneau resident Lisa Marie (Madrid) Taylor died April 3, 2009, at her home after battling cancer. She was 50.

She was born May 18, 1958, in Yakima, Wash., the youngest child of Robert Leno and Joan E. Madrid. At an early age, the family moved to Leavenworth, Wash. She attended Leavenworth High School, where she was a cheerleader and batgirl, sang in the choir and was elected homecoming queen. She graduated in 1976.

In 1979, she moved to Juneau, where she met and married her husband of 30 years, Tom Taylor.

She had a long and varied career working in private-sector and government positions, culminating as the executive secretary to the commissioner of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

Her family said she was passionate about the outdoors and enjoyed camping, fishing and boating. At home, she was an accomplished cook and enjoyed needlepoint and other crafts.

She is survived by her husband, Tom Taylor, of Juneau; mother, Jo Madrid, and stepfather, Harold Porter, of Leavenworth; two brothers, Mark Madrid and wife, Scarlett, of Puyallup, Wash., and Dan Madrid, of Helena, Mont.; and numerous nieces and nephews, Erik Madrid, of Seattle, Wash., Jed Madrid, of Helena, Jesse and Tony Hook, of Sand Point, Ore., Amanda and Tjaden Redfern, of Helena, Christopher and Michelle Hawks, of Brownsville, and Jake and Patrick Galligan, of Palmyra.

Additional survivors include Tom's family: parents, Ward and Mary Taylor, of Valley Station, Ky.; siblings, Brad and Mary Pat Brieman, of Crystal Lake, Ill., Michael Taylor, of Charlotte, N.C., Louie and Betty Galligan, of Palmyra, Ind., Kathleen Taylor, of Brownsville, Ky., and Mike and Theresa Morrison, of Schaumburg, Ill.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. May 16 at the Shrine of St. Therese, with a celebration of her life to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lisa's memory to Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, Swedish Cancer Institute or the Southeast Alaska Animal Medical Clinic.

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