Elizabeth Eyre Taylor was born in New York in 1923. In Rye his family lived at 5 Ridgewood Drive. Elizabeth served as an officer in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.
WOMEN AIRFORCE SERVICE PILOT CLASS 44-W-5 She was a pilot in the WASPs during World War II, one of the first women in history to fly American military aircraft for which she recently received the highest civilian award, the Congressional Gold Medal.
Elizabeth E. Taylor
Elizabeth Eyre Taylor, a longtime resident of Southfield, and Eleuthera, Bahamas died Sunday, January 27th at Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington.
Mrs. Taylor was born May 8, 1923 in New York, daughter of the late Therese Quanz and Henry Norman Eyre. She attended Rye Country Day School in Rye, N.Y. and graduated from Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Conn., class of 1941.
She was a pilot in the WASPs during World War II, one of the first women in history to fly American military aircraft for which she recently received the highest civilian award, the Congressional Gold Medal.
For many years, she worked with Albert Schweitzer at his foundation in Africa helping him care for people and animals in need of medical and social services.
In the 1940's she established The Elizabeth Eyre Taylor Real Estate Organization in Southfield, Mass., covering properties in the Berkshires, Connecticut, New York, Florida and the Bahamas.
Mrs. Taylor was an avid animal lover who rescued and took care of many animals and birds at her farm in Southfield, Mass.
She is survived by her sister Jane Eyre Repp, many nieces and nephews and her precious animals. She was predeceased by her sister Shirley Knapp and her brother Henry Norman (Jim) Eyre.
A private graveside service will be held in Southfield with a memorial service to be held on May 4, 2013, details of which will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship or to an Animal Organization of your choice through
FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230, who is caring for the arrangements. Remembrances may be sent to the family through www.finnertyandstevens.com
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Feb. 1, 2013 -