Carol Joyce Bell Taylor Locke, age 100.9, of Jeffersonville, Vermont and Rutland Massachusetts, transitioned to Heaven, February 20, 2021, in the comfort of her own home.
Carol was born in St. Albans, Vermont on May 28, 1920, to the late Abner and Rhoda (Neff) Bell. She lived in Swanton, VT. And moved to Jeffersonville, VT. In 1927, where she grew up. She graduated from Cambridge High School, class of 1938, and attended UVM, where she met and married, Francis “Frank” Taylor. After living in Brattleboro, VT and Port Jervis, NY, a short term, they moved to Rutland, Massachusetts, settling down to raise their 5 children. After many years of being the most amazing mother and homemaker, Carol stepped out into the work force and got a secretarial job at Naquag Elementary School, in Rutland.
While living in Rutland, Carol belonged to the First Congregational Church and sang, alto, in the church choir for 29 years. She was also a member of the Monday Night Club and Players Club, singing in many musicals.
In 1981, she and Frank, moved back to her childhood home in, Jeffersonville. She became a member of the Cambridge Chorale and volunteered at Second Chance in Morrisville. She also became a member of the Second Congregational Church and joined their choir.
Carol was the 2006 “Volunteer of the Year” recipient from the Mary Bryant Memorial Art Gallery in Jeffersonville. She also had the honor of being Jeffersonville’s 4th of July Celebration’s, Grand Marshal, in 2009.
After the death of her husband, Frank, in February 1985, ten years later, in April of 1995, she married Phillip Locke, who was the light of her life. Phil would tell Carol that, “The sun rises and sets with you”. A memory she cherished.
Carol was an inspiration to anyone who knew her, a true reflection of God’s love, in action. She was kind, gentle, and believed the best in everyone. Her kind-heartedness, quick wit and positive attitude would make anyone’s day brighter. Carol was a wonderful baker and graciously shared her skills and recipes with family and friends. Her apple pies, buttermilk donuts, and almond puffs were just a few of her sought after delicacies. Carol certainly was one of a kind and will be sorely missed.
Carol is survived by her 5 children: Phyllis Edwards and her husband, Greg from Cambridge, VT, Frank Taylor from Enosburgh, VT, Bruce Taylor from Jeffersonville, VT, Cheryl Beckwith and her husband, Jamie from Fletcher, VT, Diane O’Neil, currently residing in Jeffersonville, VT and her husband, Tom from Rutland, MA.
Ten grandchildren: Stacey Edwards Alden, Kris Taylor and his wife, Kimmie, Doug Edwards, Marcy Taylor, Jason Taylor Schofield, Ryann Carol Schofield, Kody Hill, Jesse O’Neil, Jamie O’Neil, Taylor O’Neil and Ethan Taylor. Her legacy continues with 10 great grandchildren: Nick, Haley, Caitlyn, Trever, Paige, Dylan, Averie, Bella, Azariah, Cheyenne.
Phil had three children, whom Carol loved dearly: Mildred “Millie” and her husband, Carlton Piper Lynwood “Woody” Locke and his wife, Starr and Edwin “Chuck” Locke and his wife Sandi. Phil passed away in 2004 and Millie passed away in 2019.
She was predeceased by her sisters: Eunice Gates, Marjorie Pignona and Phyllis McGregor.
Lastly, we mustn’t forget her beloved cat, Beau (aka “Kitty Boy”), who already misses her.
There will be no services at this time, due to COVID-19.
Memorial contributions in Carol’s memory may be made to North Country Animal League, 16 Mountain View Meadow Road, Morrisville, VT 05661 or for the outstanding help from Lamoille County Home Health and Hospice, 54 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, VT 05661.
The family also invites you to share your memories by visiting awrfh.com.