Delores Mary Eleanor Taylor Archibald (Del) passed away peacefully on January 11 at
Rosewood Manor in Harwich.
Del was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1928. In 1949 she married the Rev. John Archibald and shared in his ministry until they moved to Boston in 1956 when John attended Harvard and Del worked as an executive secretary. John’s career then led them to Stamford, Conn. where John was Headmaster of King School, later Headmaster of the Sheridan School in Washington and finally to Rye Country Day School as Assistant Headmaster and Admissions Director. The Archibalds made their home in Wilton, Conn.
Del found her executive talents while working for the Thai Tapioca Company in Stamford--the leading importer of tapioca, especially for industrial use, in the U.S. She was a shrewd follower of international commodity markets and her years there saw her leading the way in this successful field until her retirement.
In 1978, the Archibalds moved to Chatham, MA on Cape Cod, where Del quickly became engaged in the life and ministry of the First Congregational Church. She was a member of the Women’s Guild and helped raise thousands of dollars for local and global outreach programs. Other ministries included worship for residents of Liberty Commons, mentoring young people for confirmation and as a delegate to the Council of Churches, UCC and Church Women United. A very special ministry was the Overnights of Hospitality hosted by her church. In the community, she was a Hospice volunteer and a healing Reiki practitioner. She touched so many lives in her quiet, unassuming way.
Del’s generosity extended to entertaining friends and family. She was a gifted cook and hostess. She loved to walk the beaches and share the Cape’s natural beauty. Del took seasonal trips to New York to see the latest Broadway shows and was a season ticket holder for the Boston Symphony.
Del was predeceased by her husband John, her parents William and Catherine Taylor, brothers William and Malcolm Taylor and beloved sister Lillian Lamphier. She will be missed dearly by many nieces and nephews in the U.S. and Canada.
A memorial service in Chatham on June 8th will celebrate Del’s wonderful life. Contributions in her name may be made to Lower Cape Outreach Council, Family Pantry of Cape Cod, UCC Neighbors in need or a charity of your choice.