Margaret C. Taylor
1940 - 2020
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Margaret C. Taylor
Margaret Cecelia (Payton) Taylor passed away on January 9, 2020 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, surrounded by family, after a courageous battle with cancer. Peggy, a lifelong Newport resident, was born on July 20, 1940, the daughter of John W. Payton and Margaret "Monnie" (Gladding) Payton. She is survived by her husband of fifty-five years, Charles G. Taylor, and her sons, "Chuck" Charles G. Taylor, Jr. and his wife Jennifer Taylor of Newport RI, and John Payton Taylor and his wife Patricia R. Taylor of West Hartford, CT. She will be lovingly remembered by her five grandchildren, Charles G. Taylor III, Elizabeth Louise Taylor, Christine Katelyn Taylor, John Randall Taylor, and Kellyann Patricia Taylor. She also will be missed by her many nieces and nephews.
Peg was a loving and devoted wife and mother, and a fearless "tryer of anything". She loved to play games of all types and was a real competitor. She loved to play bridge and would play several times a week with various groups. Scrabble was a true passion, and her competitions with her sister Louise were epic. Peg always found a way to land a seven-letter word across a double word score, or land clever words where no one else could. Peg loved to travel, and she and Charlie loved to cruise and explore. The bridge group cruises to Bermuda were an annual and highly anticipated event that combined some of her favorite ways to spend time. Peg was an avid reader and she enjoyed mysteries. She enjoyed the outdoors, going for walks around Newport or the Cliff Walk, camping, sailing, going to Newport Beach, and rides around the ocean drive in her 1956 Chevy. Peg and Charlie square danced with the Town Howlers in the 70's and established friendships there that lasted the remainder of her life. Peg loved to work in her garden, creating beautiful full season flower bed and boxes. Peg was a sports fan too. When her boys were young, she went to every baseball and basketball game possible. Peg was a Red Sox and URI Ram fan and enjoyed watching the games whenever possible. She was a member of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Viking Bridge Club.
Most of all Peggy loved spending time with family and friends. She was organizer of the annual Taylor/Payton summer reunion cookouts. These cookouts were a summer highlight for all and created lasting memories and cherished photographs for the entire family. Peg also loved to entertain at home, and she and Charlie spent many nights having dinner and playing cards with friends and family around the dining room table.
Peg's grandchildren will fondly remember her for her penchant for creativity and love of storytelling. Forever known as the "fun grandma," she loved bringing her grandkids on jungle safaris and moon expeditions, all from the safety of the backyard or a giant cardboard box. Always enthusiastic, she performed her stories as puppet shows at the annual Halloween parties that she threw, for friends, and for children at the Newport Library.
Peggy attended St. Mary's Church School, St. Catherine's Academy, and was a graduate of the Newport Hospital School of Nursing, and Roger Williams University. She worked as a Registered Nurse at Newport Hospital and at number of Newport skilled nursing facilities including Village House and Oakwood. Peggy worked for several years as a nurse for Dr. Keivan Ettefagh and as a school nurse teacher in the Newport, Tiverton and South County School systems. She was a co-founder of the Aquidneck Island Preschool.
Throughout her lifetime Peg was always interested in helping others and was very active in volunteer works. She was instrumental in the formation of, and planning of, an Aquidneck Island Hospice Program. For several years, she volunteered for the Red Cross Friendly Visitor program. She served as a Minister of Hospitality at St. Mary's Church, and was active in the St. Mary's lunch program. During a year spent in Seattle, WA, she was active in the Pregnancy Aid Program, which provided education and material support to women experiencing problem pregnancies.
Peg truly loved to meet people, make new friends, spend time with old friends, and share experiences. Peg could start up a conversation with anyone and establish a common thread with that person in minutes. Her jobs at the Newport Visitors Center as a greeter/guide, at Hammersmith Farm, and at the Newport Preservation Society as a tour guide at the Breaker and Elms, were jobs that Peg really enjoyed for the opportunity to meet new people and share her love of Newport.
In addition to her parents, Peggy is preceded in death by her brother, William Joel Payton and her Sister Louise Payton Conover of Palm Bay, FL.
Visiting hours will be held Monday, January 13, 2020 from 4:00 to 7:00pm at Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Broadway, Newport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 11:00am in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Spring Street, Newport. Burial will follow in St. Columba Catholic Cemetery, Brown's Lane, Middletown.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Peggy's memory to Hope Health Hospice & Palliative Care, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904.
Online tribute at www.memorialfuneralhome.com

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Published in Newport Daily News from Jan. 10 to Jan. 13, 2020.
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January 14, 2020
Chuck Jr.
Cathi and I want to express our deepest condolences to your family on your Mom's passing. She was quite a lady and she will live forever in your memories.
Sincerely,
Dom & Cathi
January 13, 2020
Chuck and Family sorry to hear about the loss of you Mom. Mom's are special and and I'm sure she will always have a place in your heart. Please accept my sincere condolences

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Richard Leceille
January 12, 2020
What a beautifully written obituary! It truly captures Peggy's persona and spirit. Peggy loved life, but above all she cherished her beloved Charlie, family,friends and the City of Newport.She also loved to talk about food.

Every time we would drive to play bridge together, instead of discussing the conventions we would play,Peggy would share one of her favorite "quick and good"recipes with me or describe what and where she and Charlie had eaten in the previous days.

My sincere condolences to all of her family but you can be sure that if there is a heaven, she is there with the angels trying to get a scrabble game together. Don't think she will want to rest in peace too long.
Barbara Crowell Roy
January 12, 2020
Peggy was a kind sweet woman who, above all, loved her family and Newport. I will always cherish some of her favorite recipes ("quick but good")she shared with me and even though we would always try to focus on discussing our bridge conventions enroute to the Viking Bridge Club, we inevitably spent the whole time discussing what and where she had eaten the previous day with her beloved Charley.May she rest in peace, amen.
January 12, 2020
Peggy was an amazing woman. She's the reason I exist because she brought my mom to a party where she met my dad back in the late 1960's. She was a hoot to hang out with and her laughter will be missed.
KT Sullivan
January 11, 2020
Knew Peggy since Saint Mary's. Such fun playing Monopoly and Scrabble at her house. Walking the Cliff Walk. Sharing stories. Such a lovely friend from a wonderful family. Always enthusiastic and adventurous, Peggy was always into new adventures, including writing children's books. My condolences to Charlie and family. Peggy will be so missed. The angels are welcoming her.
Eileen Westgate
January 11, 2020
Margaret Timoney
January 11, 2020
I always enjoyed playing bridge with Peggy at the Viking Bridge Club. She was always kind and patient with me as a beginner.She will be missed.

Joyce Haley
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