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Cynthia (Carey) Taylor

WORCESTER - Cynthia (Carey) Taylor, 89, died on Friday, October 28, 2016 at Knollwood Nursing Center. Born in Worcester on October 19, 1927, she was the daughter of Robert H. and Margaret (Fitzgibbon) Carey. She attended Bancroft School and Connecticut College, graduating in 1949 with a Bachelor's degree in English. She worked as an assistant editor at Houghton Mifflin in Boston before marrying Harrison G. Taylor, Jr., on March 25, 1951. He predeceased her in July 2010, after 59 years of marriage.

While working full time as a housewife and mother, Cynthia earned a Master's degree in Religious Studies at Assumption College, graduating in 1972. She then worked at Anna Maria College in Paxton during the 1970s and 1980s, teaching religious studies and serving as director of career counseling.

She was actively involved in many local organizations including the Worcester Public Schools, the Worcester Public Library, School Age Mothers and The Mustard Seed. As a member of the First Baptist Church she sang in the choir and served as a deaconess and as secretary to the Rev. Archie Smith, community minister. She served as a board member and secretary to the Worcester Children's Friend Society, and as scholarship coordinator for the Greater Worcester Community Foundation. More recently, she volunteered with the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program and served as registrar and board member for WISE (Worcester Initiative for Senior Education).

She leaves a son, the Rev. Bruce C. Taylor, and his wife, Loretta C. R. Hubley, in Nashua, NH; a daughter, Amy Perry, and her husband Richard, in Gales Ferry, CT; their daughters Caitrin Salvucci and her husband Gregory in Brighton, MA, and Melinda Doucette and her husband Andrew in North Berwick, ME; two great-grandsons, Ryan Salvucci and Austin Doucette; and several nieces and nephews in the Worcester area.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, November 19, 2016 in the Community Center at Briarwood Continuing Care Retirement Community, 65 Briarwood Circle, Worcester. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Greater Worcester Community Foundation Scholarship Program, 370 Main St. #650, Worcester, MA 01608 (

The Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester, is assisting with arrangements.

Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Oct. 29 to Oct. 30, 2016.
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