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Charlotte D. Taft


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Windsor, Vt. — Charlotte D. Taft, 80, a longtime resident of Windsor, passed away Saturday evening, June 9, 2018, at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H..

She was born Jan. 9, 1938, in Windsor, the daughter of William Earl and Charlotte (Lowery) Dow. She received her schooling in Windsor and graduated from Windsor High School in 1956. She married William R. Taft in Brownsville, Vt. in February of 1973. Charlotte was employed at the former Cone Blanchard Machine Tool Company in Windsor for over 40 years until the plant closed. She later was employed by the Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union for 10 years until her retirement.

She was fond of cooking, baking, the outdoors and nature. She was an avid supporter of the Windsor Athletic Program, especially football. Charlotte was known to see the best in everything and everyone. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her parents and by one sister, Patricia Harford. Survivors include her husband of 45 years, William R. Taft; two sons, David Taft and James Taft and his wife, Leesa, all of Windsor; four daughters, Melanie Peters of Bonneau, S.C., Sherrie Taft of Windsor, Kim Paquette and her husband, Mike of Ascutney and Kathy Smith of Windsor; one sister, Joyce Dow of Windsor; two brothers, William Dow of Manchester, Conn. and Richard Dow of Windsor; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A public graveside service will be held Friday, June 15 at 10 a.m. in the Ascutney Cemetery in Windsor.

At Mrs. Taft’s request, a celebration of her life will be held at a later date at a time and place to be announced.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Windsor High School Activities Fund to be used for the Needy Children’s Christmas Fund at 19 Ascutney Street, Windsor, VT 05089, attention of Terri Hage.

The Knight Funeral Home in Windsor is entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to Charlotte’s family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhome.com.