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.