Obituary Details

Virginia Taylor

July 14, 1925 - June 17, 2017

Birthplace & Residence

Information withheld per family request

Visitation

Location:
Renaissance Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center
Date:
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time:
10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Mass

Location:
St. Luke the Evangelist R.C. Church
Date:
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Service Time:
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Cemetery

Information withheld per family request

Notes

**Please consider a donation to the St. Luke’s Building Fund https://stlukesraleigh.org/pastor-update/ in lieu of flowers

Virginia Rose Taylor, a six-year resident of the Raleigh area, died Saturday the 17th of June at the home she shared with her son Bob and his family.

Born Virginia Speicher in 1925 in Germania, Ontario, she learned piano at a young age by playing for dances with her Dad, a locally renowned fiddler. She received formal training as a teacher and musician, and held a degree from the Toronto Conservatory.

As a young woman Virginia taught school in the remote town of Sioux Lookout on Hudson Bay, and other locations in rural Ontario. She travelled extensively and fearlessly through North America, Europe, Scandinavia and Great Britain, in a time when hitchhiking was an acceptable mode of transportation and long-range travel plans were optional.

After WWII, she taught children of Canadian, American and British servicemen at base schools in Germany. There she met and married dashing RAF navigator Robert Taylor, and had their first son Stephen. The young family relocated to Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1960, and had two more children, Robert and James.

They came to the United States in 1964 and lived in Hyde Park, NY for over 40 years. Virginia was the organist at Regina Coeli Catholic church for most of that time, and also taught private piano lessons and Catholic catechism to hundreds of area children.

Still an intrepid traveler, Ginny would make yearly trips to visit her family in Canada with her three sons, for years driving the same VW beetle she used to criss-cross Europe. Her family would gather for epic musical parties, playing fiddles, guitars, banjos and of course piano, packing an impossible number of people and volume of music and love into her parents’ tiny home.

Widowed in her 60’s, Ginny’s love of travel blossomed again, as she took every affordable opportunity to enjoy elder hostels and cruises to Hawaii, Alaska, Australia, the Holy Land and many other exotic destinations. She kept detailed travel logs and photo albums of her adventures, and would lovingly write up her stories to share with friends and family.

At the still-young age of 81, Ginny moved to Buffalo to live with her son Jim, and escape the rigors of maintaining a home by herself. She spent five years there and made many wonderful friends at St. Mary’s parish in East Amherst NY. Eventually the Buffalo winters and her failing health drove Ginny south to live her son Bob, daughter-in-law Marie and six grandchildren in Raleigh, NC. She enjoyed saying the rosary every day, and especially before Mass at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Everyone who knew Ginny was enriched and uplifted by her many songs and stories; her flair for the dramatic ensured they never got old. Her life was well centered on God and her Catholic faith, music, and her love of family and many friends. No one ever used the words “I love you” more widely, freely or genuinely. Virginia had the wonderful gift to see only the best in others, and make even a passing acquaintance feel like a treasured friend.

Virginia is preceded in death by her husband Robert, her parents, Charles and Ida Speicher, and her sister Kay Lyndon. She is survived by her sister Genevieve, son Stephen and wife Carol, son Robert and wife Marie, son James, and grandchildren Gregory, Elizabeth, Robert, Angela, Michael and Rebecca.
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Piano lessons in Hyde Park: One of our many piano recitals
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June 22, 2017
Piano lessons in Hyde Park: The Ansari and El-Wafi family
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June 19, 2017
Virginia in Raleigh
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Virginia in Raleigh: Grandma and Angela
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Virginia in Raleigh: At the Gala
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Virginia in Raleigh: Ginny
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Virginia in Raleigh: Bob and his mom
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Virginia in Raleigh: Scully the goat wants to share some of Ginny's ice cream
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June 19, 2017
Virginia Taylor: at Tim Horton's
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Virginia Taylor: St Mary gang
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June 19, 2017
Virginia Taylor: Award winning performance of Sarah in "the Book of Tobit"
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Ken Smith
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June 25, 2017
HELLO BEAUTIFUL.
REST IN PEACE.
I WILL MISS YOU.
LOVE THE HANDSOME GUY.
KEN SMITH
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KEN SMITH
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June 24, 2017
DEAR AUNT VIRGINIA,
I WILL MISS OUR DAILY CALLS WHICH I ENJOYED HEARING ABOUT ALL YOUR
ADVENTURES WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER.
I ENJOYED SINGING WITH YOU AND WHO EVER JOINED IN.
I AM GLAD IT MADE YOUR DAY!
I LOVE YOUR AND WILL MISS YOU.
CAROL TOMPKINS
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Anne Sansolita
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June 24, 2017
To my big sister Gin-thanks for teaching me how to swim at Father's Beach in Bracebridge.
I remember swimming from Wilson Falls down with the current to Bass Rock.
Free dance lessons at Arthur Murray Dance Studios and the ballet in Toronto--Florida with Kay--3 sisters together
Cruises-Bermuda and Europe
Good times at the lot with the Lyndons
Talking and singing together on the phone
I love you and will miss you Gin
Love your little sister,Genevieve
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Jennifer Lyndon
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June 24, 2017
We all admired Aunt Virginia so much! After she moved to NC we missed seeing her every summer in Muskoka but it was such a treat to keep in touch by phone and by email. I so enjoyed hearing about second generation pioneer life in Germania and about her many exotic adventures in teaching! We deeply appreciate the loving care she received at home.
Thinking of you with heartfelt sympathy,
Robert and Jennifer Lyndon
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Anne Sansolita
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June 24, 2017
Aunt Virginia--a cherished woman whom has touched us all with her kind and loving Blessings--I'm sure she has found adventures in Heaven already--including music and swimming! Her sing-a-longs in her weaker times showed just what a 'trooper' she really wad in continuing to make the best out of life no matter what.
She will be missed but her prayers will live on in each of us.
Anne Tompkins
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June 22, 2017
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Visitation

Renaissance Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center
7615 Six Forks Rd
Raleigh, NC 27615
919-866-1866
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Mass

St. Luke the Evangelist R.C. Church
12333 Bayleaf Church Road
Raleigh, NC 27614

Cemetery

Unknown Location