Obituary, Carol C. Taylor

Carol C. Taylor, 81, a longtime resident of Dover Plains, NY, died on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Born on February 28, 1943, in Mamaroneck, NY, Carol was the daughter of the late Victor Dupont and Anna Walsh Dupont. She spent most of her life living in Brewster, NY, where she raised her three sons. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Victor Dupont and sister, Gloria Bennett.

Carol is survived by three sons, Richard Taylor of Brewster, NY, Paul Taylor and his wife, Gerilyn, and Scott Taylor and his wife, Heather, of Wingdale, NY. She is also survived by her brother, Richard Dupont of Carmel, NY, her daughter in-law Margaret Taylor of Danbury CT, and many nieces, nephews and dear friends. Carol leaves behind nine grandchildren: Claire Chriss, Megan Walsh and Erin, Richard, Kieran, Maddison, Cassidy, Lucy and Hudson Taylor along with five great grandchildren: Adam and Sarah Chriss, Colin Walsh, Fallon Mudgett and Ryan Tate.

Carol spent her life caring for others. She worked for years in the catering business, was an aide at Somers and Putnam Ridge Nursing Home, and finished her career as a home health aide. In 2006, Carol received the Hudson Valley “Heroes in the Home” award for Bermac Home Aides, Inc. of Pawling, which speaks to her exceptional ability to take care of others. She had a nurturing touch, a calming embrace, and a sense of humor that could bring light to any situation.

Carol was an avid gardener and always had a flourishing vegetable garden, from which she would make the most delicious green bean salad. It was often that she gifted plants to friends and family. Whether it was a piece of forsythia or lilac that she dug up from her own yard or a spider plant that she repotted, those gifts will remain on windowsills and in gardens as little reminders of Carol. She always kept an immaculate landscape and looked forward to mowing her lawn once, maybe twice, sometimes three times a week and took pride in the perfectly trimmed bushes and flowers that surrounded her home.

Carol was the best at keeping in touch. She valued her ancestry and kept in contact with relatives from all over, especially in Ireland. Around the holidays, it was common to find a hand written card in the mail and she was fantastic at remembering birthdays. When she called, it was almost guaranteed to be a 45 minute phone call, she loved to talk.

Carol had the ability to cook unlike anyone else. She was always looking for new recipes and enjoyed experimenting in the kitchen. It made her feel good to keep everyone around her fed. She was best known for her cream puffs, macaroni salad, and broccoli and ziti, all of which have yet to be adequately replicated. She never strayed from using margarine, which is probably why all of her food tasted so good.
Carol enjoyed being a mother. She was supportive, hardworking and loving to her three boys and always put them first. She loved being involved in their lives and often told stories that included the Brewster Boosters, football, wrestling, and coaching the Brewster cheerleading squad. She was always their biggest fan and could always be found on the sideline, even as adults. She was successful in raising the unruly Taylor Boys to be supportive, hardworking and loving, just like her.

Grandma Carol loved her role as a grandmother above all else. She saved every drawing and gift ever given to her, every newspaper clipping that mentioned anything about one of her grandchildren and every program she got from attending countless sporting events, dance recitals and band concerts. She was an avid Keene State Lacrosse fan and was known to carry around holy water on game days for good luck. She loved bragging about what her grandchildren were accomplishing: nursing school, graduations, job promotions, skiing lessons, horseback riding, major life events and athletic accolades. Her kitchen was always stocked with their favorite snacks and her Mary Poppins bag was guaranteed to have Werther’s, Life Savers and gum at any given time. She was a staple in all of their lives and provided so much love to each and every one of them.
Carol would want to be remembered through the little things: the ocean, big puffy white clouds, the color blue, shamrocks, blasting rock and roll, potato chips, gardening and butterflies.
To know Grandma Carol was to love her.

A Celebration of Life will be arranged by her family at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Hufcut Funeral Home, 3159 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY. To send the family an online condolence, please visit.http://www.hufcutfuneralhome.com

Author: Harlem Valley News