Ann Taylor Roosevelt

ROOSEVELT, ANN Ann Taylor Roosevelt died on July 6th after a brief illness. Born June 2nd, 1927, in Waterbury, Connecticut, Ann was the daughter of the Reverend Charles Lincoln Taylor, Jr., and Hannah Chamberlin Taylor. She was educated at the Buckingham School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and lived at home while attending Radcliffe College, where she earned a degree in Physics. She moved to New York and taught science at the Brearly School. In 1948 she married Oliver Wolcott Roosevelt, Jr., of Lawrence, New York.

In 1950, they moved to Birmingham, Alabama, where Ann was active in the Episcopal Church, and busy with five children. She later became a bookkeeper and office manager. A music lover, she was active in church choirs, and attended thousands of concerts in the Birmingham area. She volunteered for many years at a radio reading service for the blind and print handicapped, and answering phones at a crisis call center.

After her husband’s death in 2007, she moved to Arlington, Massachusetts, enjoying a contented retirement of knitting, crossword puzzles, and televised sports. She will be remembered for her joy in her family, and her gentle, positive spirit. Ann is survived by four sisters and two brothers; her son Oliver W. III (Carol) of Clinton SC; daughters, Verdery of New York City; Laura Patterson (Jim) of Calera, Alabama; Nicky (Judy Jackson) of Berkeley, California; and Carolyn (Bill Gramby) of Cambridge, Massachusetts; grandsons Nicholas W. and Oliver W. IV; and one great-granddaughter.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, July 13, at 3:30, at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Taylor Fund of Emmanuel Church, Boston.


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  1. Bruce and Lynn Smith on July 9, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    Mrs. Roosevelt was a lovely lady. I remember her well from Birmingham and St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Bluff Park. Our sincere condolences to the family.

  2. Bob Greiner on July 9, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    Ann was and remains part of the fabric that is Emmanuel. A joy knowing her if only for the past several years, particularly her love of music.

  3. Janet and Gene Griffin on July 10, 2021 at 4:02 am

    Ann was a mentor to many. Her quiet gentle kindness and strong sense of compassion and justice created great discussions around our many dinners together. The Yon’s and Griffins and Barbara Booth and Oliver and Anne were known as “the contrarians”. Our monthly dinners and discussions enriched our lives. We all loved Ann and Oliver. They live in our hearts always.

  4. Les Myers on July 10, 2021 at 4:35 pm

    Just a day before I received this message from Carolyn, my memory bank brought up Ann. When we lived in Birmingham, the Roosevelts were close to us, especially Oliver with his support and connections to WBHM where I worked- and “ran mike” for Oliver’s programs.We send best wishes to all the Roosevelts. Les and Suzanna Myers

  5. Linda Chastain on July 11, 2021 at 2:32 am

    Ann was such a sweet spirit. I knew her in Bluff Park, Alabama. My daughter Laura and Carolyn were close friends and Ann and I worked together on school and community projects. I always think of Ann, Carolyn, and Oliver when I drive their old homestead. Prayers go out to the family at this time. Life was so happy and fulfilling when our children were growing up in the Bluff Park community.

  6. Susan Sherman on July 11, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    Oh Carolyn! She was a wonderful wonderful woman and mother. i know you will miss her. Big hugs from Dennis and Susan

  7. Anne Buckley Hill on July 11, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    I fondly remember Ann from my childhood in Birmingham where I sang in the Episcopal church choir with Verdery and Oliver. I experienced Ann’s home as warm and welcoming and loved visiting there. Beautiful spirit! My condolences to the people who love her.

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