Marta Marie Taylor (Gryzik), long time resident of Montrose, CO, passed away peacefully on September 8, 2023 of natural causes while under hospice care.
Marta was born on January 6th, 1940 in Poland. At age 35, she moved to the US where she made a living teaching gymnastics. While living in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Marta met, and later married, Landon Taylor. Landy and Marta had moved to Montrose, in 1991. While Marta did not have children of her own, she was very happy to have been the stepmom to Landy’s eight children.
Marta and Landy founded Operation Sweet Tooth in 2003 to ship sweets and personal supplies to deployed service members around the globe. After Landy passed away in 2007, Marta continued on, shipping over 11,500 fifty-pound boxes over the next 12 years. Marta received hundreds of acknowledgements and awards for her efforts including the Meritorious Service Medal, the highest award the Colorado National Guard bestows upon civilians.
Believing the US had provided her more than she could have every expected, Marta became a naturalized United States citizen in December 2012.