Judy Taggart

Judy Taggart, age 81, passed away on June 16, 2021, at the Heritage Living Center in Park Rapids, MN, under the gentle care of the staff and Kristen from Hospice.

Judith “Judy” was born to Arnold and Dorothy (McGovern) Peterson on December 1, 1939, in Verndale, MN, and grew up north of town. After graduating high school, she attended Parisian Beauty College in Minneapolis. She went on her own and opened Miss Judy’s Salon providing haircuts and styling for local community members for 11 years. In addition, she took courses through Moorhead and Bemidji State College, and became the instructor of Cosmetology at Northwest Technical College in Wadena, for 21 years.

Judy was united in marriage with James David Taggart on May 16, 1959, at the United Methodist Church in Wadena, where they made their home. In time away from work, she found joy in gardening, camping, and spending time with grandkids. Judy was a member of homemakers.

Preceding Judy in death were her husband, Jim; parents, Arnold Peterson and Dorothy and Paul Kingsley; sister and brother-in-law, Laurel and Bob Schwartz; and father-in-law David Taggart.

Memories of Judy will remain with her children, Scott (Kim) Taggart of Nowthen and Sandy (Wade Johns) Johnson of Roseau; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; siblings Jerry (Colene) Peterson of Banning, CA, and Roberta (Stu) Pinsky of Plymouth; mother-in-law Margaret Taggart of Park Rapids; along with brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Rich and Carol Taggart of Wadena and Ron and Margi Taggart of Park Rapids.

A memorial service for Judy will be held in Wadena later this summer.

Arrangements are with the Schuller Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Wadena, MN. (

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