Claudia Best
1950 - 2020
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Claudia J. (Taylor) Best, 69, passed away on Monday, January 6, 2020 at Bay State Hospital in Springfield. She was born in Niagara Falls, NY, the daughter of William and Lois (Brookins) Taylor and lived in Wilbraham and East Longmeadow for many years before moving to Westminster over 21 years ago.
Claudia graduated from High School in East Longmeadow and attended Salem State College and Quinsigamond Community College before earning a Bachelor's in Social Work from Assumption College. She married the love of her life, Douglas Best, in 1972. The couple was blessed with a son, a grandson and over 47 years of marriage. Claudia began her career as a secretary at American Saw Co. in East Longmeadow. She later worked at the Tom McCann Shoe Co. and Norton Co. in Worcester. For over 4 years Claudia devoted her skills to assisting people find employment with Alternatives Unlimited, Inc. in Whitinsville. She had just retired in May of 2019. Claudia also worked at Heifer International and several area Churches over the years.
Faith and family were central to Claudia's life. She had attended several churches throughout her life. Most recently she enjoyed being a part of First Church in Sterling. Claudia had a passion for art and expressed herself through her paintings. She also used her skills as a knitter to create prayer shawls for local churches. Her greatest joy in life was her family and she was thrilled at the arrival of her grandson, Joshua.
Claudia will be lovingly missed and remembered by her husband, Douglas E. Best; her son, David Best and his wife, Sovary and their son, Joshua of Leominster; her sisters, Gail Skrip and her husband, Thomas of Oxford and Jackie Nascimbeni and her husband, Paul of Agawam.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a calling hour from 10 to 11 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 13th at Miles-Sterling Funeral and Tribute Center, 100 Worcester Rd., Sterling. Burial will follow at Woodside Cemetery, 9 Narrows Rd., Westminster. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Massachusetts Audubon Society. To share a memory or offer a condolence visit

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Published in The Republican from Jan. 10 to Jan. 11, 2020.
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January 16, 2020
Our deepest condolences to you Doug, son and family & friends. Claudia was a wonderful lady that we had the pleasure of knowing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
The Bezanson's
Jeanine Bezanson
January 13, 2020
Not so long ago
Donna Egan
January 13, 2020
~many blessings to a most wonderful woman
and light in this world

~we are so sorry doug, dave, sovary and joshua
she loved you all with a perfect love
patsy mollica
January 13, 2020
May the God of all comfort sustain your family during the days ahead Psalms 119:76
January 12, 2020
Doug, I was so very sad to hear of Claudia's passing. Sending my deepest condolences and prayers to you and your entire family.
Marie Orlando Boyer
Marie Orlando Boyer
January 12, 2020
Our deepest condolences. We remember the great times we had together with Dwight & Betsy.
We r so sad & wish you all peace.
Frank & Patti Sparrer
January 11, 2020
Doug and Family, Donna and I are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in these difficult times. Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow.
Randy & Donna Broomfield
January 10, 2020
Doug, I am so very sorry. Claudia's posts on FB were something I looked forward to daily. She shared such optimism and love toward the world. It was comforting. I will truly miss her.
Pat McGill Stringham
January 10, 2020
She was such a beautiful soul!

Smile down on us Claudia because we'll be smiling up at you!
Danny B
January 10, 2020
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January 10, 2020
I wish I could attend the services, but I am not able to make it. Claudia was an amazing person and I was lucky enough to work with her and call her a friend. Thinking of her family. You are missed Claudia.
Natalia Cascio
January 10, 2020
Iam sorry to hear the sad news she was a great neighbor and prayers to her family
Daniel Mccarthy
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