Betsy R. Taylor
February 2, 1921 – July 16, 2019
Betsy (Ross) Taylor, 98, daughter of the late Bessie (Hunter) Ross and John (Grierson) Ross, and beloved wife of the late Henry Haydn Taylor with whom she shared 57 years of marriage, passed away on July 16, 2019, with her daughter by her side at her home, overlooking her treasured backyard. Born in 1921 in Brooklyn, New York, she has been a resident of Marblehead since 1946.
She made many friends over the years and was a member of The Old North Church, a faithful volunteer at The Lighthouse Exchange Thrift Shop, and a supporter of The House of Seven Gables, Goldthwait Reservation, and The Boy Scouts and The Girl Scouts of America.
Though happiest at home working on their yard and gardens, she and Haydn traveled extensively. Their favorite trips included visits to England, Scotland, Sicily and Switzerland. She was particularly proud of her Scottish heritage and prided herself on recalling every detail of every trip.
The Kitchen Table at Abbot Street was a gathering place for all over the years. A cozy retreat, where children crayoned, babies were soothed, tea cups were filled, suppers were made, cookies were eaten, and laughter and conversation flowed. Life slowed down when you pulled up a chair in the kitchen and soaked in all the wonderfulness and sage advice from Betsy. She was a dear, our treasure, and whether you knew her for five minutes or a lifetime, she made a lasting impression on you. She was the kindest of souls.
Among Betsy's favorite Marblehead memories were family picnics at Grace Oliver's Beach and Goldthwait, and nothing could beat a Driftwood B.L.T. and a coke. Her gardens meant the world to her. Often she would say, "In the garden, your troubles just melt away." Her recent accomplishments included a visit to her daughters new home in Pemaquid, Maine, and attending her granddaughter's New Hampshire wedding in 2018. Only four weeks ago on June 22, she proudly attended the wedding of her grandson, dressed to the nines.
Betsy is survived by her daughter Sally (Taylor) Beote and her husband Carson of Pemaquid, Maine, her loyal brother Ken Ross, her daughter-in-law Dijit Taylor, grandchildren Bethany Taylor, Emily Taylor and her husband Alex Ziko, Taylor Ashley Beote and Colter Ross Beote and his wife Jessica.
She was predeceased by her son Jeffrey Haydn Taylor and her granddaughter Hannah Taylor, and her dear friends Elinor Fallon, Margaret Daley and Harriett Bull, all of whom she loved dearly.
If desired, memorial gifts may be made to The Music Fund of The Old North Church, 8 Stacy Street, Marblehead, MA 01945.
A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 11:00AM at Waterside Cemetery, 294 West Shore Drive, Marblehead, MA. Please join us in wearing something blue in her honor.
"Go with the flow and take in a cup of sky."
- Sally Beote, Daughter
- Carson Beote, Son-in-law
- Kenn Ross, Brother
- Betsy is survived by her daughter Sally (Taylor) Beote and her husband Carson of Pemaquid, Maine, her loyal brother Ken Ross, her daughter-in-law Dijit Taylor, grandchildren Bethany Taylor, Emily Taylor and her husband Alex Ziko, Taylor Ashley Beote and Colter Ross Beote and his wife Jessica.
The Music Fund of The Old North Church
8 Stacy Street, Marblehead, MA 01945
- Graveside Service Saturday, August 3, 2019
Betsy R. Taylor
August 3, 2019
Sally I was greatly saddened to hear of your mom's passing. You spoke of her so often and so lovingly over the years we worked together that I feel like I lost her too. I know how devoted you were to your mother and what a tremendous loss this is. I'm glad that you were with her at the end and know you'll never regret a single day you set aside to be with her. I'm sending my love and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.
July 23, 2019
Dear Sally and family,
What a true blessing to have known Betsy. She was always so happy to have all the girls come over to the house. Her beautiful smile and laugh will be with me always. We had many a laugh over the Babe Ruth candy bar. A favorite memory was when she would say, "Tell me a story." She always enjoyed hearing stories about what was happening with school and my family. With love, Sabrina
July 23, 2019
Dear Sally and family
I was sadden to read of your Mom's recent passing but happy to read she had made it to your new home in Maine and shared some events with her grand-children. Her obituary captured her personality and life, and climbing over the wall to Abbott street will always remain in my memories as well as Betsy's sweet and lovely personality.