Martha L. Lea
Martha Louise Taylor Lea, age 96, died on Wednesday, October 12. A Westwood, Mass. resident for 58 years, she and her husband Frederick B. Lea, moved to New Pond Village, Walpole in 2008. In 2013, she moved to Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia to be near her daughter, Lucinda. Born in Norwood in 1920, to Dean and Mrs. Ralph W. Taylor, Martha graduated from Norwood High School, attended Boston University, then transferred to Wells College, graduating Cum Laude in 1942, with a B.A. with Distinction in Sociology. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Along with Mrs. Leas numerous community interests, she was actively involved with the Boston Ballet. Cited for 25 years of service, she was named a Lifetime Honorary Trustee of the Boston Ballet Society. For a number of years, she also worked on behalf of the Boston Repertory Ballet. From 1977-1985, she was wardrobe mistress for Ballet Arts Dance Ensemble in Nashua, N.H. A 60 year member of First Parish of Westwood United Church, Mrs. Lea participated in numerous church activities, including serving as an adult leader for the Church Youth Fellowships for a decade. Mrs. Lea loved being a mother, grandmother, aunt, and godmother. Married for 68 years, she was predeceased by her husband Frederick. Additionally, she was predeceased by her brother Paul N. Taylor and her sister Miriam Taylor Houston. She is survived by her immediate family, including her son Jeffrey Taylor Lea (Katherine S. Lea) of Fairfield, CT and Glen, NH, her daughter Lucinda Lea of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA and her granddaughter Amanda Katherine Lea of Jackson, WY. She also leaves many beloved Taylor family nieces and nephews and Bonnie and David Blomquist of Westwood, MA and their family. Interment will take place Saturday, November 12, at the Quaker Cemetery in North Sandwich, New Hampshire. The nearby Weed homestead (circa 1790) in Whiteface, where Marthas mother, Hortense Weed Taylor grew up, and the surrounding mountains, lakes, and rivers were of lifelong importance to Martha, especially as she shared them with her own family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Martha T. Lea to the First Parish of Westwood United Church, Boston Universitys Dean Ralph W. Taylor and Paul N. Taylor Scholarship, or to a charity of your choice.
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