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Patricia H. C. Taylor

January 8, 2023

Patricia H. C. TaylorPatricia H. C. Taylor, 94, Clayton passed away Sunday, January 8, 2023 at her home surrounded by her loving family under the care of Hospice.

Pat was born in Claverack, NY, March 10, 1928, daughter of William Gibson Craib and Mildred Hull Craib. Her mom was the 1st female Superintendent of Schools in NYS. Her Dad was a surveyor and engineer who helped survey the North Pole while working with the Army Corps of Engineers.

She was a 1945 graduate of Berlin Center School, 1949 graduate of Sargent College of Boston University where she received her B. S. in Physical Education, 1953 received her Masters in Education from Springfield College, Springfield, MA. and her NYS Administration Certificate from St. Lawrence University.

She married Alvan A. Taylor on August 23, 1952 in Berlin with Rev. Paul DeMeurers officiating. Pat and Al Taylor's marriage of 62 years ended with Al Taylor's death on August 12, 2014.

Pat is survived by her five children, Justin A. (Debra G.), Alson H. (Kelly P.), Nancy T. (Frederick P.) Schmitt, and Matthew A. (Barbara W.), all of Clayton and Mark L. (Tamara T), Watertown, Meryl Boyce, AFS Sister; 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. She had numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Along with her husband and parents, Pat was predeceased by her brothers; Roderick Hull Craib and William Hull Craib.

Pat began her career teaching at several schools, including Emma Willard School and Russell Sage College, both in Troy, NY, Classical High School, Springfield, MA, three years at Wakefield (MA) Junior High School, and was also the Women's and Girl's director of the Wakefield YMCA, MA.

In 1969 the couple moved to Clayton, NY. Pat taught at BOCES for two years, and retired from Thousand Islands High School in 1991 after many years of service to the district. She was a lifelong devotee of physical fitness and worked as a gym teacher and Athletic Director at the Thousand Islands Central Schools. She initiated and championed the elementary Olympics and Fun and Fitness Day. Pat taught water safety for the American Red Cross at the YMCA, Watertown, NY and was a member of the National Physical Education Committee of the US. Pat and Al rode their bikes to Clayton and back for over 40 years.

She was a member of the Boston University Twiness Society and the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, being instrumental in the Good Citizen Award program, serving in various roles including the Chaplin and assisting in the creation of the Children of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She was a life time member of the American Baptist Church ABC/USA serving in various capacities. She was a relentless recruiter of the American Baptist Women's Ministries supporting women and girls. Her involvement with the annual rummage sale and the White Cross, which is a women's service ministry that knitted scarves and prayer shawls for women in need were just a few. Her ecumenical outreach was her daily walk with the lord. The family hosted many River Baptisms, as well as church picnics on the family farm. Grama Pat was the first to look for the new couple or family and would often have them in their home for a meal after church. Her encouragement and support of young people was a priority. She served on the Committee for Ministry for years; a committee to help new ministers with the Ordination process. She was very active in the Clayton Council of Churches and maintained good relationships with all the local clergy for many years. She would welcome the time for a visitation in one's home or hospital. Grama Pat loved kids and music. She taught Sunday School and helped champion VBS; (Vacation Bible School) as an outreach with the other local churches. She loved and supported all the music ministries for many years. When the ABC Church on John St. in Clayton moved to River Church, Gram Pat worked tirelessly to build support for removing the church bell from the old church, while raising funds to place it in its current location.

Pat and Alvan were nominated Clayton Citizen of the Year in 2002.

She loved and supported all her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was devoted to the family and attended countless sporting events and activities. She loved hiking, working outdoors, swimming, (most of the time with a bathing suit on). She loved kayaking, jet skiing, quilting and many other activities. She loved flowers, birds, trees, and the river. Her love of horses began as a young child and continued by establishing Taylor Morgan Acres. She would be happy to give anyone a ride who asked. She also had a horse drawn sleigh and wagons. There were many Clayton Christmas parades that she and family participated in while demonstrating her love of people and animals.

She loved people and loved God and had a heart of gold. Her life has been a legacy of Christ-like, unconditional love. She has shared God's love, her time and compassion to thousands of people throughout her life. She was truly a shining light on the "greatest generation" who grew up during World War 2 and helped shape our country, culture, and community "May all who come behind us find us faithful."

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at River Community Church, 38844 Bartlett Point Road, Clayton, NY on January 28, 2023 with calling hours from 10-12. A service will begin at 12:30 with fellowship to follow. You can view it on facebook/riverchurchnny.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Northern New York Community Foundation, 131 Washington St., Watertown, NY 13601, designated for the Patricia Taylor Scholarship Fund, supporting the traditional and nontraditional students that have demonstrated good citizenship.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton. Online condolences may be posted to his family at www.cummingsfuneralservice.com..


#48 Lisa Hosler 2023-01-28 12:43
My late husband Ron and I met Pat and Al the first time we visited The River Church in 1999, when it was still in Clayton. We had just bought a cottage in the area and were looking for a good church. They were so warm and welcoming, and we became fast friends-- talking after most Sunday services. We met for coffee at Koffee Kove, and visited Pat in her home after Al went to be with Jesus. When my husband was in end-stages of cancer in 2019, Pat and Alson came to visit us at our cottage. We viewed Al and Pat as the Patriarch and Matriarch of the church and saw that many, many people respected and loved them. Pat was full of love for Jesus, love for people, wisdom, and wit. There was never a dull conversation with Pat! Heaven continues to become richer and richer as dear loved ones like Pat go Home. My prayers are with each child, grandchild, and great-grandchil d as you live in the pain of her absence and thrive in the wake of her legacy, and your father's as well.
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#47 Patrick&Linda McNutt 2023-01-24 12:19
We are sad to hear of Pat's passing. What a joy to have known her. From the time we first met Pat we felt it would be a privilege to know her and share her life. Subsequently that has extended to the rest of her family and we are very grateful!
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#46 Rob L 2023-01-24 10:45
Mrs. Taylor, you were the warmest, kindest person and will be missed deeply. Very sorry for your loss, Taylor family.
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#45 John/Carol DeForest 2023-01-22 20:22
To The Taylor family, our condolences for Gramma Pat. We were one of the new couples in church one day who was invited to their home for lunch. She guided us and mentored us in our walk with the Lord. I especially remember our Wed morning Bible studies at the senior apartments and the time I served with her on Council of Churches. She is everyone's loss but Heaven's gain, and she will be waiting for us to join her.
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#44 Janine Johnson 2023-01-18 19:43
Our deepest condolences and prayers to the Taylor family. I have such warm and loving memories of Mrs. Taylor encouraging me during swim races at the student Olympics, riding her Morgan horses together, and visiting at concerts. I will always cherish the talk we had at her 90th birthday party. She was the most joyful, encouraging, positive, and faith-filled woman I have ever met. She has left an incredible legacy here in the North Country and will be greatly missed.
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#43 Kristen Johnson 2023-01-17 17:03
Sending my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Pat. I had the pleasure of spending time with her at Ohio School and getting to know her. Grandma Pat, you certainly knew how to capture our attention with your wise insight in conversation. My student’s serenaded Pat on her birthday at one of our many concerts. Love to those that knew her and her beautiful family ❤️
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#42 Sheri Soluri 2023-01-17 16:24
Taylor Fam,
My sincerest condolences during this difficult time. Mrs Taylor was such a loving soul. I had her as my PE teacher, and once I became part of the Clayton Baptist Church, she was one of the first (of many) to give me a huge loving hug...welcoming me to the family. You will always be a dear memory of my teenage years. I hold you all in my prayers. RIP Gramma Pat
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#41 Bill&Debbie Dermady 2023-01-17 11:35
What a wonderful lady! So full of life and always thinking of others. Many times she and Mr. Taylor came into my classroom to talk about history and community. From me teaching some of her grandchildren, to knowing her children, one can easily see how her legacy is instilled in them. I had the opportunity to have Mark as an administrator when I substituted for Watertown and found my time there very, very special. I even got to have lunch and revisit with Mrs. Taylor when she volunteered at Ohio St School. Mrs. Taylor, you are an angel and I know you will always be a shining star for all.
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#40 John Penrose 2023-01-16 12:32
Mark, Justin, Nancy and family- It was an honor to be a professional colleague of your Mom and to have learned so much from her as I began teaching at CapeVincent/Tho usand Islands many years ago. She was a wonderful woman who cared so much about improving the lives of young people. So many students are blessed to have had her insight and caring thoughts. Caring thoughts to all of you.
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#39 Jonathan Wingerath 2023-01-16 10:07
To the Taylor Family: I am saddened with the news of Mrs. Taylor's passing. Please accept my heart felt condolences. I'll never forget the square dancing lessons at school.
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