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Polly Gaylord

COLEBROOK — Pauline “Polly” Elizabeth Moore Gaylord, 94, died peacefully on June 18, 2018, at Givens Estates in Asheville, N.C., her home for almost 15 years after moving from Biltmore Forest.

The widow of Robinson Gaylord, they had been married for 66 years at the time of his death in 2014.

Polly was born in Stafford Springs, Conn., on June 23, 1923, the daughter of  Harriet (Werner) and Charles Henry Moore, a lumberyard owner and music teacher, respectively.  

She was preceded in death by her adored brothers, Dr. Roger Moore of Sharon and Charles Werner Moore of Stafford Springs, Conn.; and her beloved sister-in-law, Jean (McNeil) Moore.

As a young adult, Polly became an accomplished equestrian, placing and winning in local shows that eventually led her to a national equitation competition in Madison Square Garden.

She attended the Knox School in Cooperstown, N.Y., and Erskin Jr. College in Boston, Mass., majoring in music and drama.

After college, Polly moved to Greenwich Village, hoping to explore dramatic work while studying at New York University. She worked as a dressmaker’s model for the designer Sydney Wragge of B.H. Wragge sportswear until her marriage to Rob on Jan. 31, 1948. She lived in Winsted, where her husband ran the Winchester Spinning Company, which he eventually moved to Asheville in the mid-1960s.

Our mother thoroughly enjoyed and embraced the richness of her adopted Southern town with the community, friends, traditions and culture she grew to love, especially through her 50-plus-year membership in the French Broad River Garden Club, the Cathedral of All Souls Church in Biltmore and the Biltmore Forest Country Club.  

In addition to her love of horses, Polly was an avid tennis player and fan of the sport.

She was a frequent volunteer for the 100-mile trail ride on the Biltmore Estate and an administrative volunteer at the Rathbun Center in Asheville for years.  

During their 15 years in Asheboro, N.C., and before retiring back to Asheville, Mom was a volunteer at the Asheboro Library, nurturing her inquisitive mind and lifelong love of books and poetry.

She is survived by her children, Sarah Decker and her husband, John, of McLean, Va., Tim Gaylord and his wife, Leslie, of Wilmington, N.C., Sylvia DiPrisco and her husband, Joe, of Jackson Hole, Wyo., and Elizabeth Griffin and her husband, Phil, of Louisville, Colo.; eight grandchildren, Alex and Amanda Griffin Nau and her husband, JD, Matthew and Alice Gaylord, Michael DiPrisco and his wife, Ashley, Charlotte DiPrisco, Elise and Claire Griffin; and three great-grandchildren, Beckett and Harper DiPrisco  and Leo Nau.

The family plans a memorial service and internment alongside her husband in Colebrook, home of their summer cabin on Gaylord Pond, later this summer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Asheville Symphony Orchestra or the Cathedral of All Souls Church.

The memorial register is available at www.grocefuneralhome.com.