Margaret Taylor, Co-founder of Tyndale House Publishers, Celebrates Her 99th Birthday

Margaret Taylor, Co-founder of Tyndale House Publishers, Celebrates Her 99th Birthday

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers in our lives!

We at Tyndale House would like to honor a special lady who has played a very important part in our corporate history.

Imagine being the mother of ten children. Can you wrap your mind around that? Now imagine having 28 grandchildren. And finally, imagine having 74 great-grandchildren (and more on the way). Welcome to the world of Margaret W. Taylor, who celebrated her 99th birthday in March. She and her late husband, Dr. Kenneth N. Taylor, co-founded Tyndale House Publishers in 1962.

Through the 1950s, the Taylor family was growing and the household was bursting with activity. There were school lunches to pack and endless loads of laundry. The family always sat down together for dinner, so every afternoon Margaret worked to prepare dinner for her large family. For several years, the regular count around the dinner table was thirteen—including Ken’s elderly father. And guests were often invited to join the family for dinner. As Margaret says with a twinkle in her eye, “If Ken brought home an unexpected guest, I could always drop another potato into the soup.”

During those years, Ken served as the Director of Moody Press—the publishing arm of the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Though Margaret was busy managing the household, she gave Ken the freedom to follow his passion. He spent all of his spare time in creating an easy-to-read paraphrase of the New Testament epistles. That book, called Living Letters, was Tyndale House’s first product. Margaret had majored in Home Economics at Oregon State University, so she did not feel well-equipped to handle the billing and accounting for the fledging company. But she jumped right in and learned what needed to be done.

For the next 19 years, Margaret worked part time and later full time at Tyndale House. As the business grew, she continued to work in the finance area. When the company went through tough economic times in the late 1970s, her role as accounts payable manager was especially difficult. There was never enough money to pay the bills. But she was always honest in telling the creditors how much she would be able to pay.

For the first 35 years of their marriage, the Taylors had very little in the way of financial resources. Yet they were always generous with what they had. Tithing a full ten percent of their meager income was a rock-solid priority for them. In later years, they gave away far more than 10% of their income, and eventually even gave the ownership of their company to the non-profit Tyndale House Foundation.

Margaret has always seen herself as a servant to those around her—in her family, her neighborhood, and her church. Her tombstone has already been prepared with this inscription, which is descriptive of her life and of her love for her Savior: “For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve others.” Mark 10:45

Happy Mother’s Day, Margaret Taylor!

~Written by Mark D. Taylor, Chairman and CEO of Tyndale House Publishers and sixth child of Dr. Ken and Mrs. Margaret Taylor.

Margaret at about 18 months. Isn’t she cute?

 

Margaret as a schoolgirl in Oregon.

 

Margaret and Ken were married on September 13, 1940.

 

This is the old house where Tyndale House Publishers was started.

 

This photo is from 1956. You can’t tell, but Margaret was expecting her tenth baby!

 

Margaret still enjoys jigsaw puzzles—fifty years after this photo was taken.

 

How about these hairstyles from 1959?!

 

Margaret and Ken and their ten children. The siblings still gather together every year.

 

This photo was taken in about 1971—when The Living Bible was first published.

 

Ken and Margaret enjoyed international travel. Here they are in Greece.

 

Margaret was about 75 when this photo was taken.

 

Margaret on her 99th birthday.