Shirley Taylor, daughter of the late William Lemuel Medlin and Glorvinna "Jo" Thornburgh Medlin, was born on Dec. 16, 1928, in Lake City, Ark. and died on Feb. 2, 2012 at her residence in Dexter at the age of 83.
Mrs. Taylor was a local artist, painting primarily in oil and watercolor and exhibiting her work at art shows and galleries in Missouri, Arkansas and Kentucky during the 1960's and 70's. She also gave private painting lessons to local students for three years during that time.
After her graduation from Dexter High School, she worked for three years at the Indiana State Farm Bureau.
On Oct. 9, 1949, she was united in marriage to James "Jim" Mack Taylor at Hornersville, Mo. Mr. Taylor preceded her in death on April 29, 1979.
She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Steve and wife Mary Ann Taylor of Dexter; by one daughter, Kyra Taylor of Dexter; and by one grandson, Mack Taylor of Dexter.
Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, James Lee Medlin.
A graveside service will be conducted on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 at 2 p.m. in the Dexter Cemetery. Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.
The Taylor family requests that all memorials be made to the American Heart Associa-tion, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, Illinois 60674.