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United States Air Force Captain Morgan L. Taylor, 31, of Colorado, formerly of Phillipsburg, NJ, passed away unexpectedly November 12, 2022, in a tragic vehicular accident in Kansas.
Born December 19,1990, she was the daughter of Neil M. and Lorna L. (Spiwak) Taylor of Phillipsburg, NJ.
After graduating from Phillipsburg High School, Morgan earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and Political Science from Rutgers University and Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law. She completed Officer Training School, Judge Advocate Staff Officer Course; completed the Special Victims Capabilities Course and US Army Police School, both at Ft. Leonard Wood; completed the Accident Investigation Course and Air Force Judge Advocate General's School at Maxwell AFB; and completed the Arctic Regional Security Orientation Course in Alaska.
Morgan's assignments included Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ, where she was a Legal Extern, and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK, where she was an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate with the 673rd Air Base Wing. At the time of her death, Morgan was the Deputy Chief of Military Justice at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. In this role, she served as legal counsel to the Academy's Superintendent, Commandant of Cadets, Dean of Faculty, Director of Athletics, headquarters staff, USAFA Preparatory School, 10th Air Base Wing, and all subordinate organizations on matters relating to legal assistance. She was in the process of training to obtain a promotion to the rank of Major.
Morgan was passionate about animals and was dedicated to her beloved cat, Aina. She loved board games and hosting game nights for friends. In high school, she competed for the swim and track teams, specializing in pole vaulting. In high school, she participated in the Future Farmers of America and other extracurricular activities. Morgan also previously worked as a lifeguard at the Lopatcong Pool.
In addition to her parents, Morgan is survived a sister, Melissa Taylor and her fiance Keenan Randolph; grandmother, Carole Taylor; grandparents George and Roseanne Spiwak; aunts and uncles Lynne Taylor, Monique Spiwak, Graham and Janith, and Colin and Stacey; cousins Ashley and Emma Taylor and her godfather, Gary Garrison.
Local memorial services will be held from 12:00-3:00 PM, December 3, 2022 in the Noto-Wynkoop Funeral Home, 289 S. Main St, Phillipsburg. www.noto-wynkoop.com. There will also be an Honorary Military Service in Colorado on December 19, 2022. More information about this service will be shared as it becomes available.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made on GoFundMe to the "Maine Law Scholarship in Memory of Morgan Taylor," a law scholarship honoring her legacy and accomplishments. Information can be found directly at: gofund.me/9571c5e5
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