BURIED TOGETHER

Partner Gladys Taber, buried together

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Wellesley College, 106 Central St, Wellesley, MA 02481
Stillmeadow, 487 Sanford Rd, Southbury, CT 06488
Pine Hill Cemetery, Southbury, CT 06488

Eleanor Sanford Mayer (December 20, 1898 – January 26, 1960) was the dear friend of Gladys Taber. Mayer is buried along side her husband. Gladys was buried to her right, 20 years later.

In the late 1930s, Taber joined the staff of the Ladies’ Home Journal and began to contribute the column “Diary of Domesticity.” By this time, she had separated from her husband and was living at Stillmeadow, a farmhouse built in 1690 in Southbury, Connecticut, sharing the house with Eleanor Sanford Mayer, a childhood friend who was often mistakenly identified as her sister. Mayer's husband died in 1943. Beginning with Harvest at Stillmeadow (Little, Brown, 1940), Taber wrote a series of books about her simple life in New England that possessed homespun wisdom dolled out with earthy humor and an appreciation for the small things. She published more than 20 books related to Stillmeadow, including several cookbooks.

In 1959, she moved from Ladies’ Home Journal to Family Circle, contributing the “Butternut Wisdom” column until her retirement in 1967. In 1960, her companion, Eleanor, died and Taber decided to abandon life at Stillmeadow.

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