Tammy Lynn Taylor
FRANKLIN _ Tammy Lynn Taylor, beloved mother, sister, daughter, wife and kindred spirit, passed away Friday, May 20, 2011, at her home surrounded by her loving family, she was 50 years young.
Born shortly after midnight on the first day of the year in 1961, Tammy embodied that zest-for-life New Year's spirit from the moment she was born.
A lifetime resident of Franklin, many may remember her as the spunky kid wiping out on her bicycle in front of her childhood home on Center Street or tubing down the Ouleout on the first warm day of spring. Among her joys of childhood were riding her horse Mr. Lucky, camping with her family and collecting a plethora of amphibians, insects, flora and fauna.
An adventurous spirit, Tammy spent her early 20s living in places like Miami and Fire Island. She loved to travel and continued to do so even into the last weeks of her life. Among her favorite places were Bahia Honda State Park in The Florida Keys, Lake Champlain, Vt., New Mexico and The Blue Ridge Mountains.
Tammy's spirit was deeply rooted in the Earth, she had a curious knack for spotting fossils and artifacts. She loved spending summer afternoons next to the creek or working in her garden. She enjoyed painting, canning, making soap, picking elderberries along the road and taking her pet goats to her children's soccer games.
A lifetime mother she always placed her children before anything else. She took their education very seriously, encouraging them to think independently, and even home schooling them whenever she could. She loved to cuddle.
She continued to nurture and advocate for hundreds of children through her 15 years as a preschool teacher for Head Start in Delaware and Otsego Counties. Even though she spent most of her life fighting and struggling, she always found ways to help others in need.
She was a passionate advocate for social justice, sustainable living, the environment and children's rights. She believed in eating well, always reminding us that 'a colorful meal is a healthy meal.'
Tammy was a beacon of life. She reminded people around her to think positive and live life to its fullest, no matter the circumstances.
Tammy's fiery soul will live on in those that were closest to her.
She is survived by her five children, Taylor, Maxine, Sylvia, Sophia and Isaiah; her sister, Valerie; brother, Carl; and her parents, Roberta and Jack Taylor.
A potluck dinner and memorial service to celebrate Tammy's life will be held at her home, 3707 Merrickville Road in Franklin at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 29.