Lena Mildred Taylor, 94, was welcomed at her Heavenly Home at 10:08 a.m.
Thursday, 3 August 2017 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Illinois. She had
been a resident of Bowman Estates in Danville, Illinois. She was born in January of
1923 to John Elmer Loyd Burrus and Beulah Pearl Burrus in Peoria, Illinois.
Most of Lena’s young life was spent in the hills of the Missouri Ozarks. Attending
school was impeded by not having shoes or coats and by her father’s moving the
family around in search of work to support his wife and seven children. As a result
Lena did not finish grammar school, but that did not hinder her in becoming a wise and
knowledgeable woman. Family and friends have admired her through her life for the
knowledge she had of God’s word and the wisdom she could impart when asked for
guidance. The Bible was her favorite book, and her favorite pastime was reading it.
Lena met the love of her life when her family moved to Danville, Illinois in 1938; they
were next-door neighbors. In March of 1939 she and Virgil LeRoy Taylor, Jr. were
married in Danville. Their marriage commenced a love story that was interrupted with
the death of her husband sixty-seven years later. She was a faithful minister’s wife,
serving the Lord alongside her husband at Palermo Baptist Church in Sidell, Illinois;
Vermilion Chapel Regular Baptist Church in Danville, Illinois; and Oak Grove Baptist
Church in Bethany, Illinois.
To them were born five children. Four survive her: Dorothy Louise (Jerry) Gritton of
Decatur, Illinois; Sondra Sue (Mike) DeRaps of Arkansas; Donna Jane Edington of
Danville, Illinois; and Robert Scott (Brenda) of Atwood, Illinois. Surviving also are
eleven grandchildren, twenty-seven great-grandchildren, and eleven great-great-
grandchildren; and brother-in-law, Larry (Pat) Taylor of Oregon.
She has now joined those family members who preceded her: her parents, her
husband, infant daughter Sandra Ann, son-in-law Ronald Lee Edington, granddaughter
Lisa Marie (Edington) Lawyer, two great-grandsons Brent Shaw and Jacob Martin
Allen, and six siblings.
She will be honored by her family at private graveside services at Sunset Cemetery in
Danville, Illinois, with Reverend David Brown, Pastor of Central Baptist Church in
Decatur, Illinois, officiating. Memorials may be sent to Central Baptist Church,
945 S. Jasper Street, Decatur, Illinois. Tanzyus-Logan Funeral Service and Care of
Decatur is in charge of arrangements. Please sign the family guestbook at www.