HOULTON AND BOW, NH - Joyce "Tess" Stewart Taylor, 78, passed away at Concord Hospital on January 23, 2015. She was born January 25, 1936 in Dayton, Maine the daughter of George and Alice (Cole) Dow.
Tess moved to Oakfield early in her childhood as her father was the Oakfield yardmaster for the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad and her mother was the Oakfield school teacher.
During her working career, Tess was an administrative assistant for Grant's Dairy, Toner Farms owned by Darrell Toner and Hilltop Lanes. She also worked, as the office manager at Moore Chemical Company owned by David Moore. She finished her working career working in the Manchester NH office of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. She then married Russell Taylor, retired and moved back to Ludlow Maine.
Tess enjoyed fiddle heading, making maple syrup and driving the back roads of northern Maine. She also enjoyed playing cards and games with friends and family especially with her grand children. Joyce loved to play golf at the Houlton Community Golf course with her husband Russell, family and friends. She very much enjoyed her adventures with the Callnan girls. She traveled extensively with Russell and spent time in Mexico exploring that country. They then started to winter in Florida to escape the northern Maine winters and always looked forward to returning to Maine in the spring. She would spend time with siblings Janet Callnan and husband Bob and Malcolm Dow and wife Mary Ann in Florida. She and Russell also visited her brother Marvin Dow and wife Ruth in Virginia during trips to and from Florida. Tess was a gracious host and her home was often a home away from home for all and a great place to visit.
Tess is survived by her husband Russell Taylor of Houlton. She is also survived by two sons, Brian and his wife Mary and granddaughter Emily of Pine Valley California, Mark and his wife Brenda of Bow New Hampshire and grandchildren Joshua and Nathaniel of Bow NH, Zachary, his wife Sasha and their two sons and Tess's great grandchildren Aidan and Ezra of Kingsport, TN. Also she is survived by sister in laws Ruth Dow of Newport News Va., Carolyn Seward of Conn. and Molly Prosser of West Virginia as well as many nieces and nephews.
Tess was predeceased by her parents George and Alice Dow, her brothers Marvin of Virginia, Malcolm of Bar Harbor and sister Janet Callnan of Houlton. She was also predeceased by her first husband Richard "Dick" Stewart of Houlton.
Graveside service, open to all, will be held at 3:30 PM on Saturday July 11, 2015 at the Evergreen Cemetery in Houlton with a celebration of life for friends, family and acquaintances at the home of Albert and Mary Beth Fitzpatrick on the North Road after the service. In lieu of flowers, a gift can be made in Tess's memory to the Kidney Foundation of Maine/New England c/o Dunn Funeral Home, 11 Park Street, Houlton, Maine 04730. Online condolences and guest book: dunnfuneral.com