Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Constance Taft

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Constance Taft

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Taft , Constance

November 6, 1930 - November 5, 2016

Constance Polk Taft died on November 5, 2016, one day shy of her 86th birthday. She was born in Los Angeles, California and met the love of her life, Dr. William Harrison Taft at the age of 14.

Connie and Bill married when she was 21 years old. They raised 11 children, all of whom cannot say "November Sixth" without adding the words "you know." In the family they created together, Connie's birthday, November 6th, was, and will remain, a day of great celebration.

Connie was a beautiful, white-gloved woman of the 50s, a mother and protector of growing children in the turbulent 60s, a wrangler and leader of strong independents in the 70s. When her flock was ready, she went to nursing school and shared her accumulated wisdom, tender care and love with even more people in need of her gifts.

She raised her children to have the confidence, love and tools they needed to forge their own paths in the world, while armed with the sure knowledge that they were always, always welcome home. Her greatest wish, expressed so many times, was that they would be happy.

Connie was a loving, devoted wife and unfailing partner to her husband. A mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. A sensitive woman of great Catholic faith and a mother of unbounded love. A column of steel when steel was needed. An avid reader. A Boston Red Sox fan, a music lover, a patriot. She was graceful, even when grace was challenged. She was Irish, funny, creative, smart, quick, strong and resilient. She was a confidante. A counselor. And while she'd protest the thought, a priest.

She was ten thousand things.

In the final stage of her life, time slowly turned the tables on Connie. She, who had been the lifelong caretaker, was cared for by her husband Bill. He tended to Connie with heroic devotion and a love that mirrored the definition of Connie's life and the immeasurable love she gave her family.

She left this world as she lived her life, surrounded by her family and with the whispers of their love pouring gently in her ears. …

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