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Katharine Worthington Taylor WOODSTOCK- Katharine Worthington Taylor, of Woodstock, passed away peacefully at home, with her family, on Tues., June 17, 2014. She was 75. Born in Washington, DC, on Jan. 15, 1939, Katharine, known affectionately as Kit, moved to Brazil in 1946, when her father took a diplomatic post there at the U.S. Embassy. She returned to Washington in 1956 to complete her secondary school education at Holton Arms School and upon graduation, took a job on Capitol Hill. It was during that time, that she met her late husband, James Worthington and upon his graduation from Princeton University, they began their married life at the Thunderbird Institute in Phoenix, Ariz. After Thunderbird, Jim took a job with Citibank and they lived abroad for the next 38 years. When Jim died in 1990, Kit decided to retire in Woodstock at the family home her grandfather had built in the 1920’s. Kit’s grandfather, Charles Rosen, was an artist, who moved from New Hope, Pa. to Woodstockaround 1920, to become part of the growing art colony. He helped found the Woodstock School of Art and was a teacher there for many years. Throughout her life, Kit was always an avid supporter of the arts and continued her vocation, when retiring to Woodstock. She was a patron of the Woodstock School of Art, in addition to serving on the Board of Advisors. In that capacity, she helped with the renovations of Studio 5, which was dedicated to Charles Rosen. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Woodstock Artist Cemetery, where now three generations of her family are buried. She joyfully began an informal “Ladies Dinner” where women who were involved in art, music or writing, could come together on a monthly basis to get to know one another and share their passions. Shortly after her retirement to the area, Kit met her current husband, Gordon Taylor, while volunteering with Meals on Wheels. Discovering a shared love of music and art, they happily married in 1996, successfully bringing together two old artist families of Woodstock and generations of artwork under one roof. They enjoyed many years of travel all over New England and entertaining friends and family every year at their home on Tinker Street. Kit is survived by her husband, Gordon Maxwell Taylor, and two children, Maggie Jean Tyndorf and James Warner Worthington; five grandchildren, Katharine Foster Neilson, John Alexander Neilson, Emma Jane Worthington, Josephine Annabelle Tyndorf and Elizabeth Rosen Tyndorf; a brother, Percy Deforest Warner III of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, cousins, nephews and nieces. A private family burial will take place at the Woodstock Artist Cemetery. A memorial service will be held in celebration of her life at 11 a.m, Saturday, June 28, 2014 at St. Gregory’s Church, Rte. 212, Woodstock, where all friends and extended family are welcome.
Published in the Daily Freeman on June 22, 2014
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