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Taylor, Charlotte B.

Charlotte Taylor

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Charlotte Taylor, an enduring fount of kindness and love, passed peacefully in the presence of family on Tuesday, April 21, 2015. She was 94.

A prolific artist and knitter, whose paintings, afghans and hats are cherished by those she leaves behind, Mrs. Taylor was long-regarded as among the best chocolate-chip cookie bakers ever to reside in greater Boston. But there is something more permanent her family treasures most – her spirit of shining joy, selflessness and pride that inspired nearly all she met in this world.

“She was good to everybody. She had that simplicity that a lot of us are looking for and it’s hard to imagine the world without her,” said Mrs. Taylor’s sister Marjorie Herrett Park.

Born Charlotte “Blanche” Herrett in 1920, Mrs. Taylor took her name on marriage to Charles E. Taylor in 1942. He was a baseball player. She was beautiful and worked in a bakery. They started a family in Dorchester and later moved to Westwood, where she lived for 57 years.

Her greatest joy was family. She laughed loud and often. And loved sharing the experiences of her long life — from her stardom on roller-skates as a girl, to the baking job she took to help support her younger siblings as teen during the Depression, to her work in a World War II helmet factory, to the nearly 30-years she spent with Woolworths.

Predeceased by her husband in 1989, Mrs. Taylor was a devout member of the Islington Community Church. She volunteered for the Red Cross. She knitted afghans for Vets. She took tremendous pride in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was the oldest of four sisters and a brother.  She is survived by her youngest sister, Mrs. Herrett Park of California; her sons Charlie Taylor of Virginia and Ron Taylor of New York; her grandchildren, Greg, Kris, Mark, Melanie and Guy; their spouses and her 10 great-grandchildren.

Visiting hours will be held Saturday, April 25th from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Folsom Funeral Home, 649 High Street, Westwood.  Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral Saturday at 1 pm at the First Baptist Church, 808 High Street, Westwood followed by interment in New Westwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations are invited in Mrs. Taylor’s name to Westwood Charitable Knitters, c/o Helen Trieb, 19 Ell Rd, Holbrook, MA, 02343.        

Guestbook Entries

  1. Diane & Craig Holbrook
    April 23rd, 2015 | 3:44 pm

    How blessed we have been to know Grami T . She spent many a Christmas with us in Maine. So many fond memories, laughs and stories. She glowed with kindness, support and love. And those cookies! Its true…the Best! We will surely miss her, but know we will keep her in our hearts.
    With Love, The Holbrook Family

  2. Beth Lindgren
    April 23rd, 2015 | 10:14 pm

    a song by Nick Drake: Northern Skies

    i am very honored to have had her in my life. a very good soul i will keep in my heart.

  3. Kathy (Jacobs) Davidson
    April 25th, 2015 | 7:52 pm

    Charlie and Ron – When I was sixteen years old, I started working at Woolworth’s in Dedham and met your mother! What a wonderful lady she was! I still have fond memories of her, always smiling…..and such a beautiful smile she had! My husband worked with her at Woolworth’s as well (yes, I married the manager of the store years later!) and he remembers her as one of the sweetest ladies he’s ever met! My heart goes out to your family as I know you’ll miss her so very much!

    P.S. to Ron – I graduated from High School with you in 1969…..small world!

  4. Carole Colwell
    May 4th, 2015 | 4:45 pm

    To Charlotte’s beloved family,

    Calvin and I always enjoyed time shared with Charlotte at Islington Community Church and later at First Baptist. One had to feel better observing her wonderful smile and the joy she shared with all. Her family was very special to her, and we’re sure you’ll have many happy memories of her as we do. The world would be a better place with more people like her. We’ll miss her.

    Carole and Cal

  5. Jill (Lapham) Kelly
    May 9th, 2015 | 4:21 pm

    I was sorry to learn of the passing of Charlotte. She was always a smiling and friendly person to all who knew her. May happy memories of her give you comfort in the days to come. She was enthusiasm personified.

    My father, Al Lapham, was also a Woolworth employee. They loved to talk about what was going on at F.W. Woolworth.

    P.S. to Ron – I graduated from High School with you in 1969 …

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