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Taylor Morgan Compton, 18, of Columbus, Indiana, lost her life in a single-car accident at 11:57 a.m. July 22, 2014.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home on 25th Street in Columbus. Taylor’s funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 26, at 10 a.m. at The Ridge, 2800 Bonnell Road in Columbus.
Taylor was born February 23, 1996, in Columbus. She attended the International School of Columbus until it’s closure and graduated from Columbus North High School in May of 2014.
She was passionate about music, art, travel, her family, and friends and was a hardworking young woman who held jobs at both Snappy Tomato Pizza and North Star Montessori School.
Taylor enjoyed spending her free time playing music with her friends and loved ones, including her boyfriend, Connor Streeval. Creating artwork, especially paintings, was another preferred creative outlet for Taylor.
She was a free spirit, accepting of everyone, who radiated positivity and believed that the world is intrinsically good. At the time of her accident, Taylor was on her way to take her college placement tests at IUPUC where she planned to begin courses in August.
Taylor was a role model and an inspiration to everyone whose lives were touched by her, and she was taken from us entirely too soon.
Taylor is survived by her parents, Jennifer (Bontrager) and David Hert and Larry and Amber Compton, all of Columbus; her brothers, Lain Compton and Logan Hert, both of Columbus; grandparents, Sam and Rhonda Bontrager of Hope, Indiana, Kathy Compton of Greenwood, Indiana, Clyde (Jenny) Compton of Hope, Indiana, Mike and Debbie Hert of Columbus, Larry Holmes of Connersville, Indiana, and Regina (Jim Seal) Holmes of Hope, Indiana; great-grandparents, Levi and Ada Mae Bontrager of Shipshewanna, Indiana, and Sumali Tipler of Albany, Georgia; uncles, Joshua (Nicole) Bontrager of Hope, Indiana, Joseph (Alyssa Sizemore) Bontrager of Hope, Indiana, Tony (Suzanne) McClain of Hope, Indiana, Jeremy McClain of Greenwood, Indiana, and Chip (Kristin) Holmes of New York, New York; aunts, Jacquie (Abe) Carman of Hope, Indiana, and Kimberly (Jack) Stewart of Corona, California, and Noemi (Reudi) Beck of Bern, Switzerland; cousins, Cooper Bontrager, Josh and Brianna McClain, Grady Carman, Skylar, Sylvia and Zane Stewart, and Levi and Juri Beck. Taylor is also survived by numerous great-aunts and uncles, and extended family.
She was preceded in death by great-grandfathers, Gerald R. Tipler and Robert Hert; and great-grandmothers, Barbara Plymel and Mary Whittaker.
Donations in Taylor’s memory can be made to North Star Montessori School in Columbus. The donations will be used to fund an arts program and a scholarship at the school and can be sent to the school at 2320 Midway Street, Columbus, IN 47201, with the memo line made out to “Taylor’s Fund.”
You are invited to view her video tribute after 4 p.m. Friday, light a virtual candle and send a message to the family via the Internet.
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