Elaine Joy Taber, beloved sister, mother, grandmother, and friend, has gone to Paris at the age of 88. That is what she called it: The anticipated reunion with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, her parents Theodore E. and Phoebe Davis Taber, and her son Douglas Noon, who preceded Elaine on her final journey. Elaine was born on Valentine’s Day, 1934 and departed for Paris on October 19, 2022. She is survived by two sisters, Norma Tufts and Laurel Morris; son Theodore Noon and daughter Susanne Thompson; four granddaughters, Mary, Amanda, Julia, and Margaret; and two great-granddaughters.
Elaine was an independent and educated woman before it was in vogue to be so. Born and raised in Braintree, Mass., she went on to earn a master’s degree in child psychology and brought her insight and compassion to the Brockton school district for many years. She raised her children in Hingham, Mass. and remained on the South Shore ever after, tending to the gardens of family and home with a verdant love that was evident in both her flower collection and, more importantly, the hearts and lives of her descendants. A painter and poet herself, Elaine colored her grandchildren’s lives with the arts and later brought this gift to Linden Ponds, where she established an art gallery for residents and was generally well-respected and loved among the community’s creatives. The broad circle of lives she touched will miss Elaine’s nurturing spirit, her warm love for others, and her fierce dedication to family.
Linden Ponds will host an intimate celebration of life for Elaine followed by a private burial. Elaine did not like to be idle, so we will not bid her “rest” in peace. Rather, we hope she is busily scribbling poetry at a nice little table in the shade of the Eiffel Tower, catching the scent of lavender on a warm, pleasant breeze, and enjoying a cup of coffee that is exactly the perfect temperature.