Barbara V. Taylor Was Devoted to Her Family

Mrs. Barbara Vanderhoop Taylor died on Jan. 20 in the arms of her loving family. She was the daughter of the late Cummings Adrian and Jestina Vanderhoop of Gay Head.

After growing up on the Island and graduating from the Tisbury High School, she attended Simmons College in Boston. Following her dream, she became a stewardess with United Airlines until 1949 when she married the love of her life, Ronald E. Taylor.

Mrs. Taylor was a fabulous homemaker, caring for three daughters. She was active in the church, enjoyed bridge, bowled, sewed for her children and traveled extensively with her family. She served on many committees, from the PTA to the Marine Hills Swim Team Association. She enjoyed entertaining, music, boating, traveling and being with her children and their families. Throughout her life, Mrs. Taylor was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and aunt.

Mrs. Taylor was a member of the Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Washington and of the Church of the Red Rocks in Sedona, Ariz.

Over the years, Mrs. Taylor periodically visited her Island family. And as a loving sister, she always visited her parents and eight brothers and sisters whenever they were seriously ill. She would arrive at the hospital with her charismatic personality and a caring manner that ignited a spirit of wellness for the entire family.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Ron; her daughters, Debra, Leslie and Brooke, and their husbands, Kendall, Richard and Denis; nine grandchildren, all from the state of Washington; her sister, Mrs. Beatrice Gentry of Aquinnah and numerous nieces and nephews living throughout the United States.

Donations in her memory may be made to Evergreen Hospice Care, 124th Lane NE, Kirkland, WA 98034 or to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Foundation, 1100 Fairview avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109.