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Jeanne Kenney Taylor passed away July 2, 2017, in Austin, Texas. She was 86. Jeanne was born in West Roxbury, Mass., to Jack and Gertrude Kenney. She was an artist, mother, voracious reader, and expert knitter. Jeanne attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where she met her husband of 57 years, DeCourcy “Larry” Taylor. In 1953, Jeanne spent a year working out west at the Bar X Ranch in Idaho, guiding guests on horseback through the wilderness surrounding the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, and the Royal Palms Inn in Scottsdale, Ariz. Her time in Idaho and Arizona ignited a love of the west with its glorious landscapes, big skies, spectacular sunsets, and horse culture which eventually led her to follow her daughters to Austin, Texas, in 1994. Soon after, Jeanne found her beloved quarter horse mare, Lady, and continued riding for many years. She will be remembered for her sense of humor, love of history and literature, and her prolific knitting which was an outlet for her creative and artistic energy. She is survived by her husband, Larry; and daughters, Sarah Taylor and Anne Taylor of Austin; her son, John Taylor and his wife, Suzanne Robbins Taylor of New York City; sister, Barbara McGowan of Southern Shores, N.C.; Susan Walsh and her husband, Jim Walsh of North Andover; Ellen Alden and her husband, Jack Alden of West Newbury; many nieces and nephews; her faithful English golden retrievers, Jack and June; and her beloved horse, Lady. Jeanne was predeceased by her sister, Anne O’Connor, and her husband, Patrick O’Connor; and her brother-in-law, Thomas McGowan. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jeanne’s honor can be made to Maryknoll Sisters (www.maryknollsisters.org), Doctors Without Borders (www.doctorswithoutborders.org), LoneStar Outreach to Place Ex-Racers (www.lopetx.org), Blue Hill Troupe's sponsorship of Gallop, N.Y. (www.gallopnyc.org), or the charity of your choice.
Published on  July 9, 2017
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