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Her children arise and call her blessed (Proverbs 31:28).
Evelyn Adella Bonham Taylor, 94, and precious to many, died Oct. 22, 2017, in Avon, CT. She was a godly example to all who knew her as she served her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ all the days of her life. Evelyn was born Nov. 26, 1922 in Memphis, TN as the only child to Effie Wyatt Bonham and Cyril Aubrey Bonham. Evelyn graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AK where she majored in English. Evelyn valued education and later obtained a Master's degree in Counseling and an Educational Specialist degree in school psychology from the University of Georgia. Evelyn served as a missionary in Nigeria with the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board. In Georgia, she was a high school English teacher, junior high school counselor, and a school psychologist. Evelyn married Orville Taylor and had four children. They raised their children in many different places, including Little Rock, AK; Iwo, Nigeria; North Carolina (Durham, Asheville); and Georgia (Macon, Milledgeville). She and her family were longtime members of First Baptist Church of Milledgeville. Evelyn spent her retirement with Orville in Clearwater Beach, FL; Black Mountain, NC; and Jacksonville, FL. She is survived by daughters, Priscilla Shisler, Melissa Schmidt and Penny Pullen and by eight grandchildren. Her husband, Orville Taylor and son, Michael Taylor, precede her in death. Evelyn will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA, beside her husband, a World War II veteran. Memorial gifts may be made to the Orville Taylor Scholarship at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadephia, AK.
Published on November 1, 2017
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