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gini maccaferri

jean was my soulmate for many years as we taught together in plymouth ma. loved her dearly.

Tom & Gerry Clare

Although we moved to Jacksonville a few yeas ago to a CCRC we lovingly remember our long friendship with Jean and dancing, talking and enjoying conversation together. A lovely lovely person.

Maddy Franchi

Jean, you are so missed. I so enjoyed your insights and comments at the FOL Book Group. You were a joy to work with on FOL Board and I loved our coffee get-togethers. Rest in Peace dear friend. My deepest condolences to all the family.

Joyce Frink

Jean was always pleasant with a smil and kind word.I worked with her on FOL book sales. Last I saw her was at Salty Pelican. My condolences to her family

Donna Humberson

I love Jean. She is an amazing woman, person, friend. She was always smiling. Such a great person. I love her. She and Harvey were so much fun.

Carol Lee Adams

Jean was my first friend when the Ritz opened. I cherish knowing her delightful attitude and calm presence. I will miss seeing her around the Marina and Egans Creek walking park. Jean was very special to me!

Kathy Maphey


Sherril Boyer

Jean was always happy and loving whether it was chasing the golf ball around the course, dancing at Slider’s (years ago!) or making flower arrangements for the closing day lunch! She loved life and it loved her back in all the lives she touched. I will miss her but I know she will be waiting for us to join her again!

Pat Kraus

Jean was such a sweet lady. I had the privilege to work with her at The Ritz Carlton and also golf with her at Fernandina Besch Golf Club. I will miss her cheerfulness and kind heart. Rest in peace Dear Jean.

Jim Mayo

Jean's warm smile and her helpful generous spirit was always appreciated at the hospital. Hers was a life well lived.

Jean Manley Taylor


Jean Manley Taylor, 86, died peacefully in her Amelia Island home on February 27, 2022 after a brief illness. She had been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (often called preleukemia). Born in Brattleboro, VT, she raised her family in Bourne, MA on Cape Cod. She was a first-grade public school teacher in Plymouth, MA in addition to being a full-time mother and active in the local community. Moving to Amelia Island in 1989, she continued to work part-time at the Ritz Carleton into her 70’s and then volunteered at Baptist Hospital.
She is survived by her husband, Harvey Taylor, daughters, Jennie Reid (spouse-Michael) of Rumney, NH, Mary Kavanagh (Pat) of Falmouth, MA and Manley Williams (Jonathan) of Alexandria, VA; son, Phillip Williams Jr. (Heike) of Offenbach, Germany; brother, David Manley of Vallejo, CA, and her first husband, Phillip Williams of Falmouth, MA. In addition, she leaves six grandchildren whose company she cherished. She was predeceased by her sister, Joan.
Jean described herself to a friend as a person who had a simple and fulfilling life-teaching, taking long walks, golfing, and playing Scrabble. To everyone who knew her, she was great fun, and a loyal and loving spouse, mother, grandmother, and friend. No one questioned the pureness of Jean’s heart nor the spiritual strength of her soul. All who walked with her, knew she held a very strong spiritual bond with nature. She was an avid golfer playing a weekly game with her women friends locally and playing abroad with her husband (and coach). She played weekly Scrabble with friends and often remotely with her daughters, Mary and Jennie. She read extensively both the daily papers and books and volunteered at the local library. The Salt Life, Salty Pelican, and Sliders restaurants on Amelia Island were her favorite watering holes with her husband. She was a friend, surrogate mother, and confidant to many from all walks of life and all ages and a welcoming hostess at her island home. She had a very fulfilling life and, although it wasn’t that simple, she enjoyed it to its fullest.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 5th at 10:00 AM at St Peter’s Episcopal Church in Fernandina Beach. Donations can be made to the Friends of Fort Clinch at: 2601 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 or online:


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