Emily Taylor Andrews Leeds of Middlebury, Vermont died peacefully on March 2, 2021, following a mercifully short battle with cancer.
Emily was a ski instructor at Catamount, Otis Ridge, and Butternut ski areas in Massachusetts, Keystone and Berthoud Pass ski areas in Colorado, and the Middlebury College Snow Bowl in Vermont. Emily spent more than 30 years helping new skiers find balance and confidence on the boards. For many years Emily shared her love of horses with new riders at Cobble Hill Farm in Middlebury.
Emily graduated from Middlebury College in 1958, an English major and teacher whose appetite for reading was never satisfied, stacks of books on coffee tables and filling shelves in every room.
Emily grew up in Great Barrington and Alford, MA with her brother Tom, her sister Ann, and her parents, Anita and Hubbel. Emily's core values included kindness, generosity, animal connections, and time in nature. As a young girl she learned to love these things from her parents and grandparents. Later, Emily drew her own family with her to the spectacular beauty of the Berkshires, Colorado, and Vermont.
Emily is survived by her siblings, Ann Elizabeth Andrews Snell and Thomas Owen Andrews; her three children, William David Leeds, Gregory Taylor Leeds, Gwendolyn Mallery Leeds, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. The family will schedule a celebration of Emily's life when it is safe to gather.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to Homeward Bound (www.homewardboundanimals.org
), Stride Foundation (www.stridefoundation.org
), and The Eddy Farm (www.eddyfarmschool.org