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Funeral services for Shirley Annis Taylor will be held on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 at Reed-Culver Chapel at 10:00 AM with Brother Allen Moss officiating. Visitation will be Monday, May 30th, 2016 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Reed-Culver Chapel. Interment will be held at Caney Cemetery. Online condolences for her family can be left at www.reedculver.com.
Pallbearers for Shirley include Loyal Dean Taylor, Randy Taylor, Don Taylor, Stephen Taylor, Nolan Taylor, and Jaydon Rose
Honorary pallbearers include Brent Taylor, Dean Taylor, Rod Taylor, Bob Taylor, and Brandon Rose
Shirley Annis Taylor was born on August 22nd, 1937 in Welling, OK, the daughter of Quilla Maxwell and Ruth Edna (Jacob) Taylor. She grew up in a household with three brothers and two sisters. Shirley attended school at Caney and graduated from Tahlequah High School. She had been born with a strong will, and at age 16 she helped in the hay fields on tractors and drove our large hay truck loaded with 200 bales up out of Pumpkin Hollow, because our hired help refused to do so. She was baptized March 14th, 1954, into the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn by Brother Ralph Ruth. Shirley began her working career as a sales clerk at Lowery Hardware store in Tahlequah, At age 19 she bought a new 1957 Ford car. She became ill at age 21 and was paralyzed from the neck down. She survived the onslaught of the disease and proved the disease didnt define the woman. Until Shirley passed from this life, she held up an entire family plus her church family in frequent and sincere prayer. She took the hand of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and walked the valley, making a path for everyone in need of a friend, of prayer, of an understanding heart. She was in constant communication with the brethren of the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn Churches across the USA. From Indiana to Washington, Shirley kept the correspondence rolling. She loved her family dearly, and never missed a chance to send her 56 nieces and nephews, siblings, friends and many Brethren cards and letters for their birthdays, holidays, weddings, and family celebrations. She spent most of her life confined to her room, writing words of comfort and encouragement in her delicate hand, telling others to stay with Jesus. Summertime found Shirley watching the hummingbirds outside her picture window, her family feeding every hummingbird for miles. She enjoyed their flight and antics. This loving daughter, sister, friend, and prayer warrior never once felt sorry for herself, but took everything she had and used it for others and the glory of God. She delighted in the smiles of children who received a treat from her well supplied candy box. The Lord took this wonderful woman home to her eternal rest on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 at her home in Welling with loved ones by her side. She was 78 years old. Those beautifully printed words of comfort and inspiration will never be forgotten by those who knew the love this woman had for her family and friends. Hanging on her closet door still, God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change: Courage to change the things I can: and Wisdom to know the difference.
She is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Isaac and Mattie (Ruble) Taylor and maternal grandparents, Forest Raymond and Carrie Odessa (Herrmann) Jacob. Her mother and father and her brother, Loyal have also gone on before. She also joins a niece, Rhonda Lynette Taylor and nephews Skyler Holman and Shawn Devin Moore, and brother-in-law, Billy Moore.
Those left with cherished memories of Shirley include her brothers and sisters, Luther Maxwell Taylor and wife, Linda Lee of Welling, Mary Lou Moore of Welling, Wayne Leon Taylor and wife Cheryl Ann of Welling, and Janice Sue Rose of Welling, She leaves her 56 nieces and nephews, her sister-in-law, Patricia Taylor of Wisconsin, three great nieces and nephews, as well as many friends and loved ones.
Published on May 27, 2016
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