Lilias Anne (Matthews) Taylor of Punta Gorda, Florida, formerly of Cortlandt Manor, NY, passed away on January 12, 2022, at home, surrounded by her four children. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert F. Taylor, Sr. in 1991.
Lilias was born in Stirling, Scotland on October 9, 1933. She gallantly survived the almost daily bombings that occurred in her hometown of Dumbarton, Scotland during World War II. She managed to still compete in swimming competitions while attending school during this time. Lilias immigrated to the United States in 1954 through a domestic sponsorship program. On January 7, 1956, she married the love of her life, Robert F. Taylor, Sr.
While Lilias may never have become a citizen and was often teased about her green card status, never was there a more patriotic American. She stood firmly and lovingly by her husband’s side through all his years of service in the American Legion and proudly represented him during several terms as county commander in Westchester County, NY. Lilias herself, was a lifelong member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
Lilias was the most fun loving and energetic mother and grandmother. While raising her children, her home was always open to the neighborhood kids who could be found along with her children playing in the backyard or pool, working on the numerous broken-down cars in the backyard, or building any numerous contraptions with the wood and building materials she supplied. Her grandchildren were forever lucky to be included in her baking and cooking escapades and her love for all types of arts and crafts. Lilias was also a wonderful seamstress and will always be remembered for her beautiful work, especially the amazing Halloween costumes that she would make for her grandchildren each year.
Lilias is survived by her four children, Robert F. Taylor, Jr and his wife Glenda of Tucson, AZ, Marie Hochsprung of Punta Gorda, FL, Michael Taylor and his partner, Rhonda Columbo, of Ocala, FL and Eugene and his wife Kirsten of Ocala, FL. She was predeceased by her son in law Robert Hochsprung.
Lilias is also survived by her 13 loving grandchildren, Lilias, Thomas, Stephanie, Michelle, James, Kelsey, Robert, Kayla, Michael, Shannon, Colleen, Ashley, and Danah. She is also survived by 14 great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rosary Hill Home, Hawthorne, NY or a charity of ones choosing.