Happy 106th birthday to Portsmouth’s Marye Taylor!

Town’s oldest resident is serenaded at Town Hall

By Jim McGaw
Posted 7/8/19

PORTSMOUTH — In the year Marye Taylor was born, Woodrow Wilson was president, New York City’s Grand Central Terminal reopened as the world’s largest train station, Mexican …

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Happy 106th birthday to Portsmouth’s Marye Taylor!

Town’s oldest resident is serenaded at Town Hall

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PORTSMOUTH — In the year Marye Taylor was born, Woodrow Wilson was president, New York City’s Grand Central Terminal reopened as the world’s largest train station, Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa returned to his country from his self-imposed exile in the United States, and the Ford Motor Company introduced the first moving assembly line.

That was more than a century ago. Mrs. Taylor, the town’s oldest resident, will celebrate her 106th birthday on Thursday, July 11. 

She was honored Monday night by the Town Council, which presented her with a proclamation commemorating her upcoming birthday and extending its warmest regards, heartfelt congratulations and good health for the future. 

Accompanied by her daughter, Janice Gunzelman, Mrs. Taylor strode to the podium to also receive flowers and a Rhode Island House of Representatives citation presented by Rep. Terri Cortvriend.

Before letting her leave, Council President Kevin Aguiar lead the singing of “Happy Birthday” in Mrs. Taylor’s honor, with a full house of residents joining in.

After Mrs. Taylor thanked the council president, he replied, “My pleasure. I hope I can get there as well.”

For several years now, Mrs. Taylor has been the holder of the town’s Boston Post Cane, which is presented throughout New England to the person believed to be the oldest resident in their respective city or town.

 

Mrs. Taylor’s late husband, Warren, was a newspaper publisher and editor. They were married for 66 years before he died in 2004. 

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