Shelly Ann Taylor MacMillen

June 2, 1953 - March 1, 2023

06/02/1953 - 03/01/2023

Past Services

Thursday March 16, 2023
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel
5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 422-4000 | Directions
Funeral Service
Thursday March 16, 2023
5:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel
5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 422-4000 | Directions
Friday March 17, 2023
11:00 am
Albert G. Horton Memorial Veteran Cemetery
5310 Milners Rd.
Suffolk, VA 23434
757-255-7217 | Directions

Shelly Taylor went home to be with Jesus Christ on Wednesday, March 1, 2023. She was born June 2, 1953, in Albany, New York, the daughter of the late L. Raye (Cooke) Saddlemire of Westerlo, New York, and the late John N. MacMillen of Delmar, New York.

She was a graduate of Pompano Beach Senior High School in Pompano Beach, FL.  Shelly invested herself in children around the world, of all ages, through work in church nurseries, sunday schools, day cares, her own in-home day care, preschools, kindergartens, and elementary schools culminating in her position as Title I Teacher’s Aide at Scott Elementary until her lifelong battle against Hereditary Neuropathy Pressure Palsy (HNPP) forced her from the workforce. Shelly’s love of family, community, and church was prevalent throughout her life always reaching out in her Savior’s love and kindness to offer a helping hand, advice, testimony, prayer, and words of encouragement.  Visiting family to enjoy attending concerts, games, and life milestones were favorite times for Shelly, as was helping others reach their dreams through multiple independent businesses recommending and promoting products and services through associations.  The engrossing puzzle of her life was genealogical research of her extended family relationships and of her friends. She was a life member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) serving in positions within the VA Great Bridge and Belleville, IL Chapters. Shelly was locally active in the Christian Fellowship Church Ministry International (CFCMI) in Norfolk, VA, supporter of reaching others for Christ through the ministries of Eastview Baptist Church of Belleville, IL, Journey Church of Westerville, OH, and The Navigators.  She will be deeply missed by her loving family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father John MacMillen and mother Raye Saddlemire. She is survived by her husband of 51+ years, Michael Taylor, of Norfolk, VA; children Michael (Connie) Taylor of Woodbridge, VA; Dayna (Chris) Kinner of Westerville, OH; Allan (Tiffany) Taylor of Virginia Beach, VA; and grandchildren Madison and Elizabeth “Ella” Taylor; Paul and Joslyn “Josi” Kinner; Arieh, Jachin, and Selah Taylor; sisters Nancy (William) Barber of South Burlington, VT; Laurel (Robert) Scudder of Fredonia, NY; Dara (Craig) Hardyman of Miamisburg, OH; Step Mom Dorothy MacMillen of Delmar, NY; and BFFs Kim Easom, Andrea Stephens, Lani Mann, Roxanne Irvin, Felicia Antolin, Helga Preston, Eileen Blackburn, and Kim Spies; and many more cousins and friends.

A service celebrating her life will be held at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5033 Rouse Dr, Virginia Beach, VA, on Thursday, March 16 at 5 PM. The family will receive friends prior to the service at 3 PM. She will be interred on Friday, March 17 at 11am in Suffolk, VA, at Albert G. Horton cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made out to:  The Navigators, c/o Allan Taylor; Journey Church, Westerville OH; Christian Fellowship Church Ministry International Norfolk VA; Eastview Baptist Church, Belleville IL; or Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association in Shelly’s memory.


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Patricia Vasques
8 months ago

Dear Mike, Dayna, Allen, Mike:

IM EXTREMELY sad about Shelley’s leaving you all. She was a very very dear friend to me. I was planning on going with Roxanne but I got sick. Michael had a bug and he gave to me I didn’t wish to give to everyone. I’m moarning from a distance. I’m watching the stream. I still can’t believe my dear friend has gone. I can’t sleep. I still hope to meet you Dayna. She your mom loved you so much. I plan on calling you Mike when everything calms down. I’m extremely sorry and sad but glad she won’t suffer no more. Patty & Michael Vasques

Meena T.
8 months ago

Brother Mike and family!

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May the Lord comfort you and may the beautiful memories you shared with Ms. Shelly continue to bring you comfort. I had the privilege of knowing Ms. Shelly for a short time, but she impacted my life greatly. It was always a blessing talking to her on the phone. She enjoyed sharing about her life experiences, her family, and her faith in God. Ms. Shelly loved giving gifts and sending greeting cards with words of encouragement. One thing I learned from her was her faith and trust in God through challenges. She believed that God was always in control. She will be missed but will forever be in our hearts. May her soul rest in perfect peace. God bless!

Tasha I
8 months ago

I never net Shelly, I’m just a customer service rep at a company she called often. I would always rush to answer her calls when I saw her name on the caller ID because she was always such a pleasure. She was kind, thoughtful and funny. She never failed to brighten my day and her absence will be felt here. I and my coworkers remember her and will miss her calls.

Samantha Parker
8 months ago

Dear Taylor family,
Just want you to know I am thinking of and praying for you.
May the Lord comfort and and give rest to your hearts as He alone can. “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?” -Ps. 139:7
Hoping to join you via livestream on Thursday as you remember/reflect on Mrs. Shelly’s life. – Samantha

Kim Spies
8 months ago

I’m so sorry for the loss of this beautiful soul. Shelly was always kind and caring not only to me, but my family as well. We shared many laughs and tears over the years and she helped me through a very difficult time in my life.
I will never forget how lucky I have been to have her in my life. I’ll will always have her tucked away in a special place in my heart.
To Mike and family, I hope you will find peace in due time. Just know there are many heavy hearts out there and sending their love and prayers to you all.
HUGS to all of your family.
Forever in my heart , Kim Spies

Felicia A.
8 months ago

Shelly, may be gone but her memory is always with me. She left a good and great imprint in my hearts with her kindness, love, and sacrifice. She’s so gracious, and simple. She’s a giver, an encourager, and a thoughtful friend and my beloved Sister in Christ. She made the world brighter and better for everyone who comes around her. She’s always about helping, she’s always finding ways to be useful, she’s full of knowledge and always love to share ideas and loved to contribute. I thank God for allowing me to know her and spent time with her. I thank God for her impacting my life. 
Thank you, Shelly for leaving such a beautiful life, such a loving soul you are. It’s been a privilege to have known you. I will cherish you and you will forever be in our hearts. You will forever be missed . We love you so much. Keep on resting well. We will meet again.

May God’s infinite love and healing be with you, Bro Mike in this time of struggle. You are in our prayers now and always.
May you feel the light of the Lord bless you and your family and bring you peace and comfort. Please accept our sympathies
God bless you forevermore.

Kathy Ballard
8 months ago

Shelly will be greatly missed. She was the most loving person to all who were in her life. She truly loved her Lord and it showed everyday of her life. She truly had an impact on my life. My heart goes out to Mike and her family. May God give you the peace that only He can give.

Kevin and Kate Kerg
8 months ago

Sending heartfelt sympathy to the entire family. Prayers for you in this difficult time. May her memory be a blessing to you.

8 months ago

HI Shelly Thank you for Encouraging Me and helping Me I Love You Always Love Ruthie