URBANA — A force of nature with a righteous, howling laugh and a penchant for Japanese Anime and art and things both esoteric and digital, Shelly E. Taylor of Urbana, Illinois left this world and her loving family and friends on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at the age of 49.

Memorial Services honoring her life will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 15, 2019 at Marshall Avenue Christian Church, 620 South 26th Street, Mattoon, IL 61938. Burial will take place at a later date. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday at the church. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Shelly was born on May 4, 1969 in Charleston the daughter of John W. and Karen S. (Dowell) Taylor.

Survivors include her loving parents, John and Karen Taylor; brother, JP (Kerry) Taylor; nieces, Zoe Taylor, Gabrielle Taylor, Mackenzie Taylor, Samantha Thompson and Sierra Thompson; aunt, Jane (John) Eveland; uncles, Frank (Shirley) Dowell and Richard (Sharon) Dowell; and numerous cousins.

Shelly graduated from Mattoon High School Class of 1987. She earned a full ride Reagan Scholarship to Eureka College. Shelly worked for Illinois Consolidated for several years, and was currently employed at Blue Cross Blue Shield.

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Shelly was an avid reader, and books were the focal point of her life. She loved obscure music and art, good home cooking, Chicago, animals and irony. She enjoyed both the comfort of solitude and the company of good friends and family, whom she loved deeply and who loved her right back.

Although facing more than her share of challenges, Shelly did her very best to grin and bear their weight and with the help of her friends, family and loved ones was able to do just that.

Though she left us suddenly, the memory of her life will live on eternally in the hearts of those she loved and who love her still.

Memorial donations in her honor may be given to the Coles County Animal Shelter. Online condolences may be expressed at www.schillingfuneralhome.net or Schilling Funeral Home’s Facebook page.

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