In Our Care

Angela Taylor, 101, died at home November 28. Angie, as she was known to many, was born August 28, 1915 to Frances Sawyer Taylor and Frederick Merritt Taylor. She was predeceased by her brothers Frederick and Cornell. Angie attended the Boston's Girl's High School of Practical Arts in Roxbury developing the skills that she used in her long career as a dressmaker and seamstress. While in high school she joined the Boston YWCA teaching sewing classes to new immigrants. She also joined the American Youth Hostel association and led bike trips to Martha's Vineyard and Maine. Beginning in the mid-1940’s and until this summer, she made an annual summer pilgrimage to Ilesford, Maine otherwise known as Little Cranberry Island. The proceeds of her Beach Combers’ sales were donated to the Islesford Community Fund. In 1955, she began her decades-long participation with the New England Folk Festival Association and served nearly every role including being President from 1970 to 1973. For years, she volunteered in the kitchen at Ralph Page's Year End Camp in New Hampshire and the Folk Art's Center's Oktoberfest in Stowe, Vermont, and at events at the Old Schwamb Mill in Arlington. She also volunteered at the Harriet Tubman House, part of the United South End Settlement organization in Boston. For twenty years, Angie led their Creative Recycling group making doll furniture and holiday ornaments with proceeds donated to the Settlement House's Children's Fund.

She is survived by the nieces and nephews that cherished and admired her for her resourcefulness, joie de vivre, dignity and sharp wit: Stephen Taylor, Micki Taylor-Pinney and husband, Markus Pinney, Andy Taylor-Blenis and husband, John Blenis, Tina McBride and husband, Bryant McBride, Mark Taylor and wife, Judy Taylor; as well as, family friend, Helene Platounoff. She is also survived by great-nieces and great-nephews that she inspired with her resilience and determination: Alex and Nicholas Blenis, Jake, Mari, and Cleo McBride, Emma, Katie and Caroline Taylor.

A celebration of life will be held in February.