Taylor Dene Nageotte passed away on March 23rd, 2023, at the age of 40. Taylor was born on April 25th, 1982, to loving parents Mark and Laura Nageotte in Lansing, Michigan. She graduated from Lansing Catholic Central High School in 2000, and moved to Phoenix to attend Arizona State University. She graduated with a degree in Family and Human Development in 2010. She went on to become a mathematics teacher at Mountain View Elementary School, Arroyo Elementary School, Vista Verde Middle School, and finally at Paradise Valley High School. Her profession suited her sharp critical thinking skills and ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
Taylor loved crafting, cooking, bird watching, mystery shows, scary movies, reading, music, puzzles, video games, road trips, thunderstorms, flowers, dancing, and hours of conversation. Most of all she loved the company of coworkers, friends, and loved ones.
Taylor was intelligent, perceptive, insightful, creative, confident, charming, goofy, compassionate, resilient, gentle, loving, thoughtful, kind, attentive, and always sensitive to the needs of others. She excelled at everything she set her mind to and had an enviable ability to learn new skills and hobbies. If you knew Taylor, you were immediately aware that she knew something about everything. She could hold her own in a conversation with anyone. She had a brilliant sense of humor, splendid smile, and blissful fits of laughter that overflowed with joy.
Taylor, you are loved more than any words could ever describe. More than any embrace, kiss, or touch could ever feel. More than any deed, act, or gesture could ever express. You fought valiantly in the face of suffering and despite insurmountable odds. You refused to live your life in sorrow. You are a blessing of the highest degree. Weaving the tapestry of love is impossible without threads of grief. In order to love you must be prepared to grieve someday. Love and grief are inseparable. Please know that loving you will always be worth enduring every ounce of grief that your loss carries. We love you so much.
Taylor is survived by her parents Mark and Laura, stepmother Carrie, sister Stephanie, stepdaughter Mackenzie, partner Chris, and loyal canine companion Gretchen.
Visitation will be held from 4 – 7 PM on Thursday, March 30, 2023, at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. On Friday, March 31, 2023 at 10 AM a funeral service will be held at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, with burial service to immediately follow at Paradise Memorial Garden located at 9300 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260.