BARRE - Helen Catherine Taylor, 85, of Meridian, Idaho, and formerly of Barton, Barre and Montpelier, died Feb. 3, 2013, at Grace Assisted Living in Meridian.
She was born June 19, 1927, in Newport, the daughter of George Connor and Julia (Flanders) Connor Paquin.
She graduated in 1945 from Newport Central High School, attended Community College of Vermont and Castleton State College, and at age 50 earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in childhood development from Boise State College.
On Oct. 2, 1944, she married Preston August Taylor in Winooski.
She was a homemaker and mother of 12 children and worked for the Vermont Department of Education. She was also a Tupperware dealer and ran a day care with her husband.
She was a 4-H and Boy Scout leader, as well as a member of Home Dem, TOPS, Catholic Daughters, Meridian Senior Center, Young at Heart and Morning Light Community, and Holy Apostles Catholic Church.
She enjoyed cooking, couponing, reading, gardening, sewing, knitting, traveling and camping.
Survivors include her husband; 10 children: Marilyn Bisson and Joyce Dutil, both of Barre, James, of Nampa, Idaho, Wayne, Gary and Tim, all of Meridian, Idaho, Michael and Carole Tucker, both of Boise, Idaho, and Jeff and Cathy Pruett, both of Emmett, Idaho; 28 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; two siblings, Robert Connor, of Essex, and Margaret Cushing, of Barre; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by two children, Joseph and William Taylor.
The vigil service will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, and the funeral Mass celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, both services at Holy Apostles Catholic Church, 6300 N. Meridian Road in Meridian, Idaho, where interment will be in the columbarium.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to
, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or the Giving Tree at Holy Apostles Catholic Church at Christmas.
Arrangements are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home in Meridian.
For online condolences, visit www.AccentFuneral.com