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MouthOfSouth, wonderful friend and old-school Freeper, passed away
4/28/04 | Darth Sidious

Posted on 05/01/2004 7:58:09 PM PDT by lowbridge

6bg posted this afternoon that Maggi had died and... just couldn't believe it. After getting confirmation I lay on my bed and buried my face into the pillow, crying my eyes out for at least half an hour this afternoon.

She died toward the end of February but today was the first I'd seen it announced anywhere. Longtime Freepers (and those of us still Freepers at heart from the old days) will remember Maggi, better known by her screenname MouthOfSouth. I imagine any one of us would have something about the impression she left on a lot of people during her life both online and off.

She was a fierce advocate of property rights, especially of farmers and ranchers: not long before we'd first met she had just come from the Darby pro-farmers rally in Ohio. This was also the lady who, armed with a camera and telephoto lens, on most weekends did surveillance on the federal agents in Andrews NC who were searching for Eric Rudolph: she may not have approved of what Rudolph did, but she couldn't trust some of the antics of the feds out there either.

Maggi was not a partisan. She simply believed in what the Constitution stood for. Democrat and Republican alike were subject to her wrath if they deviated from its precepts. That was made obvious by her online presence: Maggi's acerbic wit and wisdom was certainly unique in a forum that, at the time anyway, prided itself on having unique individuals. Her knowledge of pop culture was profound, but that merely sheathed a style of prose that cut through all hypocrisy and nonsense. Nothing fazed this lady.

Some of us remember the sound of her voice, from when FR had FireTalk going on. If you heard her voice, whatever you imagined her to be like in real life, that was her. I'll never forget the first time we met and immediately being infected by her charisma. She was one of the darned few ladies you'll ever meet who'd mastered the fine art of curmudgeonry: I imagine that right now in Heaven she's giving Ambrose Bierce a thing or two about real human nature.

But I'll always remember Maggi as the person who, for whatever reason, saw some potential in a kid who was going through some messed-up times and enticed him to come to Asheville, where he could write and learn a few things about what life is really all about. I rented a small apartment from Maggi and her sister during the year and a half that I was there. My perspective on that wild little town and its people could not have been so greatly appreciated, were it not for the insight of those two sisters. What makes it particularly sad is that, in her own way, Maggi played a critical role in the life plan that God set for me: living in Asheville put me close to the girl I'd started talking to from a Christian website. It wasn't long after moving there that Lisa and I met. A little over a year later in that apartment I asked her to be my wife. Maggi and her sister were in on the whole plot and even helped me out a bit. I'm very thankful that such a moment of my life got to include them... that's something Lisa and I will take with us for the rest of our lives.

I spoke with Maggi's sister on the phone this afternoon. There will be a service next month when Maggi's ashes will be interred in the family plot. Her sister said that it was cancer, but that the last two years of Maggi's life were some of the happiest she ever had. I know some of what happened in that time and, trust me she was really blessed with the time God had left for her. And, it should be said that she went down in true Maggi style: fighting to the last.

Anyway, thought it should be made known to her friends both here and on FR that a great person from our own, and a dear friend, has passed away. I'm not much for words regarding something like this, but I hope that mine in this circumstance did some honor to all the good that Maggi did for me and a lot of other people. She will definitely be missed.


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1 posted on 05/01/2004 7:58:09 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge; cyn; countrydummy; Critter
I remember meeting MouthofSouth at the Darby rally.
2 posted on 05/01/2004 7:59:26 PM PDT by sauropod ("I am Locutus of Borg. Resistance is futile. You will service US.")
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To: lowbridge
She was a good poster. Remember her fondly from the Eric Rudolph days.
3 posted on 05/01/2004 8:08:28 PM PDT by JOAT
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To: lowbridge
I never had the pleasure of "meeting" Maggi MouthOfSouth, but that certainly is a nice tribute you wrote. Farewell, FReeper FRiend Maggi.
4 posted on 05/01/2004 8:10:51 PM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: lowbridge
I'm not sure if we ever crossed pahs here in forum, but she sounds like an interesting person.
The world is the lesser now from her passing.
5 posted on 05/01/2004 8:28:17 PM PDT by Darksheare (Fortune for the day: I call upon the gods of STERNO and MATCHLIGHT to take care of the evil DUers!)
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To: lowbridge
Very Nice Lowbie, Prayers.....
6 posted on 05/01/2004 8:31:53 PM PDT by cmsgop ( It Puts The Lotion in the Basket or it gets the Hose Again........)
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To: sauropod; lowbridge; hammerdown
Oh. . . What hard news. My condolences to her family.

MouthofSouth was indeed a special person. She went above and beyond to attend the Darby Rally. She had a lot of other things going on then, but drove a great distance to get there anyway (as did sauropod & critter).

Thanks for the ping, sauropod. I'm so sorry you had to come home to this news after your time in DC.

THANKS, lowbridge, for your touching and detailed tribute to a very special person.
7 posted on 05/01/2004 8:32:07 PM PDT by cyn (http://www.terrisfight.org)
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To: arasina
but that certainly is a nice tribute you wrote.

Darth Sidious wrote it. I am merely the messenger.

8 posted on 05/01/2004 8:32:34 PM PDT by lowbridge ("You are an American. You are my brother. I would die for you." -Kurdish Sergeant)
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To: cyn
THANKS, lowbridge, for your touching and detailed tribute to a very special person

Thanks, but my friend Darth Sidious is the author. I knew Maggi from her posts and by email.

9 posted on 05/01/2004 8:35:51 PM PDT by lowbridge ("You are an American. You are my brother. I would die for you." -Kurdish Sergeant)
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To: lowbridge
A bump for a old time FReeper. She was always gracious in my conversations with her.
10 posted on 05/01/2004 8:37:46 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Jhoffa_
bump
11 posted on 05/01/2004 8:38:16 PM PDT by lowbridge ("You are an American. You are my brother. I would die for you." -Kurdish Sergeant)
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To: lowbridge
Bump Back..

Thanks for the Ping, Lowbridge.

12 posted on 05/01/2004 8:39:15 PM PDT by Jhoffa_
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To: lowbridge
I'm very sorry to hear of this. May God bless her sister and all those she loved and give them peace.
13 posted on 05/01/2004 8:44:30 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: lowbridge
Sad news. I was thinking of her just the other day.

Have some photos of her and other freepers I took at a Carolina freeper meet near Charlotte in 1998.

14 posted on 05/01/2004 8:48:43 PM PDT by Vinnie
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To: lowbridge; JohnHuang2; Travis McGee
I remember MouthofSouth. Really liked that poster. Another loss for FR. These happen far too often.
15 posted on 05/01/2004 8:50:48 PM PDT by GeronL ("We are beyond right and wrong" the scariest words from the radical left.)
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To: lowbridge
and Darth Sidious did a good job writing it too.

Thanks Chris.

16 posted on 05/01/2004 8:51:56 PM PDT by GeronL ("We are beyond right and wrong" the scariest words from the radical left.)
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To: GeronL
We are a growing family each day...it will always be this way. The veterans of FR are leaving us for a greater place however...RIP Mouth.
17 posted on 05/01/2004 8:53:38 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (Rush 30th Anniversary Tour Tickets On Sale Now!)
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To: lowbridge
God Bless
18 posted on 05/01/2004 9:33:48 PM PDT by First_Salute (May God save our democratic-republican government, from a government by judiciary.)
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To: lowbridge; Darth Sidious; carlo3b; stanz; christie
I'm so sorry to hear this. I remember reading her reports of the suspicious activities of the FBI around Ashville. She indeed was a great lady. Heaven has gained a warrior!

Welcome Home, Maggie

19 posted on 05/01/2004 9:43:43 PM PDT by jellybean (Official Custodian of the Word Gobsmacked!)
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To: lowbridge
Good grief - we're losing waaaay too many FReepers! Condolences to friends and family.
20 posted on 05/01/2004 9:47:22 PM PDT by mombonn
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To: lowbridge
RIP Maggi. Prayers of comfort for her husband, children, family and friends like you lowbridge.
21 posted on 05/01/2004 9:48:52 PM PDT by ladyinred (Kerry has more flip flops than Waikiki Beach)
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To: lowbridge; Darth Sidious; jellybean
A beautiful tribute. So sad to lose another wonderful FReeper.
22 posted on 05/01/2004 11:09:42 PM PDT by christie
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To: lowbridge
So sorry to hear that...rest in peace Maggi!
23 posted on 05/02/2004 12:59:36 AM PDT by Mich0127 (Massachusetts: the land of the pathetic..namely Kerry and Kennedy!)
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To: Darth Sidious
Thanks for this touching tribute, Darth, written as no one else could have. What you have recorded here fills in the details of a truly remarkable woman. Praying for peace of mind for MOS's friends.
24 posted on 05/02/2004 4:30:09 AM PDT by cyn (http://www.terrisfight.org)
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To: Darksheare
Maggie was one of my first friends on the Internet. As I told her several times, she was a sage old broad. She earned her name, MouthoftheSouth But even more, she earned the title, FRIEND. To her friends, of whom she had many, she was very loyal. She left behind hundreds of cyber-acquaintances who never met her, but whom will miss her for years to come. Maggi was truly larger than life...and she left a large gaping hole in a lot of lives.
25 posted on 05/02/2004 4:43:47 AM PDT by BAFFauthor
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To: lowbridge
BTTT
26 posted on 05/02/2004 5:25:37 AM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: jellybean
Sorry to hear of her passing. May she be at peace.
27 posted on 05/02/2004 5:51:01 AM PDT by stanz (Those who don't believe in evolution should go jump off the flat edge of the Earth.)
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To: BAFFauthor; lowbridge; Darth Sidious; Salem
"...she left a large gaping hole in a lot of lives."

She sure did, Jon. She sure did. I loved Maggi so much. We indeed have lost a wonderful friend. I am so glad that she went to Vegas that time so that we could meet. As wonderful as the online exchanges we all had over the years, she was even more exceptional in person.

Lowbridge, thank you so much for posting this so that other FReepers could know. Who keeps the Memorial Wall? I don't want her to EVER be forgotten. She did a lot for FR. More importantly, she did a lot for our nation.

See ya later, Maggi. Keep those Pearly Gates open for me.

28 posted on 05/02/2004 6:45:41 AM PDT by JudyB1938
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To: lowbridge
Sorry to hear this.
tet68
29 posted on 05/02/2004 6:49:34 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: lowbridge
Here is a picture of Maggi Taylor
30 posted on 05/02/2004 6:59:28 AM PDT by NWO Slave
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To: JudyB1938; BAFFauthor
"See ya later, Maggi. Keep those Pearly Gates open for me."

Yeah, well, not too soon.  ! Maggi can hold the gates, but grab a book and take a while. Same for Jon!

31 posted on 05/02/2004 7:43:34 AM PDT by Salem (FREE REPUBLIC - Fighting to win within the Arena of the War of Ideas! So get in the fight!)
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Ah, Maggi girl, how happy God must be to have you Home with Him! You helped me 'learn computerese' and had faith in our efforts here in the Darby farm country of west-central Ohio to rebuff U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Your faith and Helen's shored us up many times; and seeing you, hugging you (after all those 'e-hugs' you so graciously and generously bestowed) and meeting you was priceless. When you moved to California and renewed that long-burning romance, reunited again with all our blessings, I was so happy for you. You sent me that wonderful photo of you and the flowers (that's posted here) and I posted it at the Photos button at my own website, www.PropertyRightsResearch.org , to show the world what a true lady and patriot warrior looks like! I am happy to learn of your new residence, sure that you are great friends with Shon Daniel Piper, my beloved nephew, who returned Home to Heaven on February 5, 2002. Oh, how many friends you have, girl -- both in Heaven and here on earth! What a mansion you must have there! I was so pleased to learn of your part in the romance that became the wedding of Darth Sidious and his sweetheart. You rascal, you! Maggi, I always had a feeling that you and Helen were matchmakers, and this proved it! We love you and will always hold you close in our memories, to uplift us in the battles to protect and regain our Constitutional Republic and our freedoms. You showed us the way, Angel Friend Maggi! From Julie in the Darby, where there's NO USFWS 'WILDLIFE REFUGE' but where wildlife life with people and domestic animals just fine!
32 posted on 05/02/2004 9:22:42 AM PDT by PropertyRightsResearch.org (http://www.PropertyRightsResearch.org (please visit today!))
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To: lowbridge
Sounds like a wonderful lady. Wish I could have known her, but glad she was on our side.
Prayers for her loved ones.
33 posted on 05/02/2004 9:51:38 AM PDT by mabelkitty (John Kerry is the sad clown of life.)
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To: lowbridge
I remember Maggi's e-mails and posts to me from the era of the hunt for Rudolph.

God Bless you Maggi for your kindness and patriotism.

Stay Safe Lowbridge, Thanks for letting us know.

34 posted on 05/02/2004 10:01:08 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: Vinnie
"Have some photos of her and other freepers I took at a Carolina freeper meet near Charlotte in 1998"...

I remember her from that meeting....God Bless...

35 posted on 05/02/2004 10:04:54 AM PDT by CharlotteVRWC
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To: lowbridge
Very sad news. I always looked forward to Maggi's insight's and posts. The Heaven chapter of FR has another fine member.

My sincere condolences to her family and friends.

36 posted on 05/02/2004 10:05:33 AM PDT by commish
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37 posted on 05/02/2004 2:27:38 PM PDT by lowbridge ("You are an American. You are my brother. I would die for you." -Kurdish Sergeant)
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To: BAFFauthor
Understood.
38 posted on 05/02/2004 2:33:49 PM PDT by Darksheare (Fortune for the day: I call upon the gods of STERNO and MATCHLIGHT to take care of the evil DUers!)
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To: lowbridge
RIP for a real original.
39 posted on 05/02/2004 2:34:11 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: lowbridge
I'm sorry to hear this. Send my regards to Chris. I bump him occasionally to tweak the management here.
40 posted on 05/02/2004 5:16:33 PM PDT by snopercod (I used to be disgusted. Then I became amused. Now I'm disgusted again.)
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To: lowbridge
I'm at a loss for words. When I ran into Darth in Fayetteville, one of the first questions that I asked his was if he had heard from her.

After she remarried her husband and moved to California, our correspondence just kind of dropped off.

She was a good Freeper Friend and I will miss her.

Thank you Lowbridge for posting this and if you talk you Darth tell him I am weeping also.
41 posted on 05/02/2004 8:09:20 PM PDT by dixie sass ( Claws are sharp and ready for use!)
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To: lowbridge
Thank you for the bump Lowbridge.
42 posted on 05/02/2004 8:13:42 PM PDT by dixie sass ( Claws are sharp and ready for use!)
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To: lowbridge
God bless.
43 posted on 05/02/2004 8:14:40 PM PDT by wardaddy (This is it. We either win and prevail or we lose and get tossed into that dustbin W mentioned!)
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To: lowbridge
I cannot think of a finer way to be remembered than by these words you have posted.

God Bless you and Maggi

44 posted on 05/02/2004 8:18:50 PM PDT by HoustonCurmudgeon (RIP U. S. Army Specialist Pat Tillman)
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To: lowbridge
Thanks for posting this, lowbridge. I hadn't ran into Mouth of the South for some time on Free Republic. We'll miss her.
45 posted on 05/03/2004 1:55:03 PM PDT by AuntB (Law Schools & Journalism schools are America's Madrassas.(aculeus) Jamie Gorelick is proof!)
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To: NWO Slave
Thanks for the picture; Maggi was certainly a beautiful lady and you can see her beautiful spirit shining.

And no doubt,it is still shining. God speed Maggi.

46 posted on 05/03/2004 2:48:01 PM PDT by cricket (Liberals are a scourge . . .)
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To: lowbridge
Your loss is ours, too. Please accept my condolences. It seems to me as though many of the old freepers who have passed on did so long before their time should have been due.
47 posted on 05/03/2004 8:59:13 PM PDT by Gary Seven
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To: lowbridge
prayer bump!
48 posted on 05/03/2004 9:35:03 PM PDT by Constantine XIII
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To: lowbridge
That was a fine tribute. Your friend Maggi was fortunate indeed to have made such a difference in your life . I'll bet that made her very happy.
49 posted on 05/07/2004 4:13:36 PM PDT by Atomic Vomit (The Bering Sea - where God rules man and always will. Go to http://www.volcanicfishermen.com)
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To: lowbridge
This was also the lady who, armed with a camera and telephoto lens, on most weekends did surveillance on the federal agents in Andrews NC who were searching for Eric Rudolph: she

I remember her and the FireTalk days. I haven't thought of her for a long time. She was a fireball. I'm sorry to hear of her passing.

50 posted on 05/07/2004 4:17:52 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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