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Leslie Goff (Miner) Taylor

Hanover, N.H. — Leslie Goff (Miner) Taylor died Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Kendal at Hanover.

Born in East Greenwich, R.I. on June 16, 1924, to Ralph Williams Miner and Edith Goff Miner, Leslie moved with her family to Providence in the 1930s, completed Classical High School and graduated from Pembroke College (for women) in Brown University in 1945 with a major in Economics. Her mother had graduated from Pembroke in 1919 when it was the Women’s College in Brown University.

After graduation, Leslie joined the Women’s Army Corps (the WACs). As World War II wound down, she worked on personnel discharge operations at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, DC. Following her service she became a management trainee at Rhode Island Hospital Trust bank in Providence, where she met her future husband, Donald Harris Taylor (D ’43), also a bank employee. They married in a snowstorm at Central Congregational Church in Providence on Feb. 7, 1948.

In the early 1970s, after raising four children, she became an assistant to Talbot Rantoul, President, Rhode Island School of Design, in charge of special events including annual graduation activities. Upon her husband’s retirement from the Rhode Island Hospital Trust they moved to Eastman in Grantham, N.H., in 1978. This allowed them to be close to her husband’s beloved alma mater. At Eastman they were both actively involved in the Community Association and the Lake Committee. Work for the latter included canoeing around an island in the lake protecting the loons’ hatching sites. Later, Leslie was elected as a commissioner to the Eastman Village Water District. She moved to Kendal in 2007 where she was active in several committees, took great pleasure in being on or leading Saturday morning hikes, and recently headed up the Food Committee. She loved travel, walking, gardening, hiking, the mountains of New Hampshire, the Narragansett Bay of her childhood, and opera if it wasn’t too modern. She was proud of her New England ancestors.

She is survived by her four children, Donald Harris Taylor, Jr. (Madison, N.J.), Ralph Brecken Taylor (Havertown, Pa.), Lynne Miner Taylor (Manchester Center, Vt.), Mary Elizabeth Taylor (Portland, Ore.); her sister, Jean Sutton (Pasadena, Md.); eleven grand-children; and five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her late husband and her brother, Ralph Williams Miner, Jr.

A memorial service will be held Friday, July 12, Norwich Congregational Church, Norwich, Vt., at 10 a.m., Mary Brownlow officiating. At a later date Interment of the cremains will take place at Union Baptist Cemetery, immediately adjoining the Miner Meeting House (currently The Second Baptist Church) in North Stonington, CT.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to The Nature Conservancy, 27 State Street. Suite 4, Montpelier, VT. 05602.