Thelma L. Taylor, age 85, of Bloomington, died peacefully at 4:25 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at Martin Health Center, Bloomington.
Thelma was born May 2, 1928, in Mt. Vernon, the daughter of Denver and Virda Winkler McDonald. She married William “Bill” Peterson in 1947. He passed away in 1980. She married Clarence R. Taylor in 1989, and he survives in Bloomington.
She is also survived by two children, Stephen W. (Laurie) Peterson, Hudson and Cindy (Todd) Beckler, Atlanta; daughter-in-law, Libby Peterson, Plano, Texas; six grandchildren, Christine, Kimberly, Maggie, Eric, Dylan and Allyson; four great-grandchildren, Nathan, William, Gabrielle and Gavin; and one sister, Virda (Curtis) Chappell, Palos Verdes, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Gregory Peterson.
Thelma was widowed in 1980, and shortly after that moved to Bloomington to be closer to her son Steve and his family. In 1988, Thelma had the opportunity to rekindle a friendship with someone from her hometown of Mt. Vernon. That friendship turned into love and marriage with Clarence Riley Taylor. Her happiest moments with Clarence were their trips to Branson and their “sing-a-longs” in the car while they traveled. Her husband of 25 years, Clarence resides at Westminster Village, where they had moved just one year prior to Thelma’s transfer to Martin Health Center. Thelma was a generous friend to many and a loving wife and mother. She will be missed by those who knew and loved her. Her family wishes to thank the caring staff at Martin Health Center. They became a part of the family during these past two years. Their care and support made this a peaceful transition for her.
Her funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at College Park Christian Church, Normal with Jim Simkins officiating. Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m. tonight at the Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington.