Doris Pearl (Shaw) Taylor, 90, of Annawan, passed away Saturday, March 7, 2020, at her home. As she wished, there will be no funeral or calling hours. Cremation rites have been accorded. Inurnment will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Annawan Rescue Van or the Annawan Alba Library. Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory - Atkinson Chapel, will be assisting the family with arrangements.
Doris was born November 5, 1929, in Annawan, Illinois, the daughter of Perle and Dorothy (Salzmann) Shaw. She graduated from Harrison School in 8th grade after moving from Annawan to the Shaw farm. She stayed with relatives in the town of Annawan during her high school years and was a graduate of Annawan High School. She then stayed with relatives in Moline, Illinois, graduating from the Moline Institute of Commerce associated with the American Institute of Commerce in Davenport, Iowa. On September 10, 1950, she married C. William (Bill) Taylor in the Annawan Community Church. Doris used her accounting degree in multiple positions including at the State Bank of Annawan and the Taylor farming business. She later assisted with the Shaw Family Farm acreage for her siblings. Doris worked side by side with Bill farming in the Annawan, Mineral, and Hooppole areas. She retired to Annawan in 1989 to care for Bill as he battled his illness. She had a keen interest in gardening and in all history, with a personal focus on genealogical family histories. She assembled family trees for both her and Bill’s ancestors, with accompanying historical information about the lives and livelihoods of many. She belonged to the Henry County Genealogical Society for many years. She was devoted to her family and approached life in a most caring way.
Those left to honor her memory include her son, Michael Taylor, Annawan, IL; daughters, Christine Dersch, Savannah, GA, and Cathleen (Barry) Thompson, Minooka, IL; grandchildren, Ross and Reid Dersch, Savannah, GA, Doyle and Derek Thompson, Minooka, IL, Julie (Taylor) Eagle, Enterprise, AL, and Jonathon (Christine) Taylor, Peoria, IL; great-grandchildren, Tori, Rain, and Reagan Eagle, and Ashlyn Taylor; sisters, Shirley (Vernon) Bollengier, Geneseo, IL, Ethel Thompson, Annawan, IL, Lynda Ferguson, Metamora, IL, Janet (Ray) King, Metamora, IL, and Deann Crosby, Kewanee, IL; and brother, Dwaine (Jeannette) Shaw, Annawan, IL.
Doris was preceded in death by her husband, C. William Taylor, parents, Dorothy and Perle Shaw, sister, Donna Shaw, nephew, Joshua Shaw, niece, Kimberli (Crosby) Adams, and great-nephew, James Bishop.
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