Sharon White Taylor
Sharon White Taylor, 69, of Wethersfield, beloved wife of Cliff Taylor, passed away Saturday, July 24, 2010 with her family by her side, after a series of health challenges. Born on December 10, 1940 in Chicago, IL to the late Abner and Esther White, Sharon grew up in South Meriden, raised her family in East Hampton and lived in Wethersfield for the last 15 years. Sharon graduated from Grace New Haven School of Nursing and spent a number of years as an operating room nurse. She enjoyed nursing but her true calling was as a writer working as a former editor of Connecticut Parent and a Hartford Courant Correspondent, as well as having a prolific freelance writing career appearing in publications such as The Hartford Courant, Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Newsweek among others as seen when Googling “Sharon White Taylor.” She took great delight in once being called the “ubiquitious Sharon White Taylor” in an angry Hartford Courant Letter to the Editor. After suffering a stroke at age 50, Sharon fought to regain her life and used her writing abilities to advocate for the rights of disabled people, especially the enforcement of handicap parking. Besides writing, Sharon loved antiquing, reading, her family, and most of all laughing. She loved to play pranks on her family and often greeted her grandchildren wearing props from her collection of funny noses and glasses. Her sparkle and mischief will be dearly missed by many friends and family, but most of all by her husband and soulmate, Cliff, daughter Tracey Taylor Sipala and son-in-law Todd Sipala of West Hartford, and daughter Melissa Taylor Doyle and son-in-law Chris Doyle of Hartford; grandchildren: Collin Doyle, Kyla Doyle, Ling-Li Sipala and Lai Chun Sipala; sister Nancy Valla and brother-in-law Robert Valla of Wallingford, and brother Jeremey White of Charlotte, NC. Visiting hours for friends and family will be held on Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at Weinstein Mortuary, 640 Farmington Ave., Hartford from 4-6 p.m. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Those wishing to honor Sharon’s memory may make a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (, a charity of the donor’s choosing, or by simply saving handicap parking spots for those who need them most. For further information, directions, or to sign the guestbook for Sharon, please visit online at

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