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NORMAL — Carrie Willadean Taylor Burgess, 94, of Normal died at 3:40 p.m. Friday (Oct. 21, 2011) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

Cremation rites have been accorded and private family services will be held. Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Carrie was born at home on Nov. 24, 1916, the daughter of John Herbert and Mary Ann Helen Louise Coup Taylor, and was raised in Bloomington. She married Edgar Melvin Burgess on April 25, 1938, in Decatur. He preceded her in death on Nov. 7, 1988.

Surviving are her children, Milton Edgar (Laura Corum) Burgess of Bloomington, Carrie Ann (Larry) Houston, formerly of Ft. Collins, Col., and now of Bloomington, Connie Adele Becker of Normal and Colene (Colleen) Fike of Clark, Mo; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Elsie Price of Tennessee; two brothers, Ben Taylor Sr. and Wilbur Dean Taylor, both of Bloomington; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Carole Jayne Burgess; and 12 siblings.

Carrie attended Bloomington High School and started working at Beich’s Candy Company at age 15. She taught crafts at Washington Elementary School and Fell Avenue Park in addition to being a full-time mother and homemaker. She was a member of the Cumberland Mountaineers and Brown’s Band and had played guitar at WJBC in the late 1930s. Carrie was a self-taught musician and played any instrument with keys and strings. She was a published song writer of “Thank You Very Much” and a poet.

Carrie was a Silver Producer of Amway and was an Independent Consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics at age 90. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary. Carrie continued making crafts, writing poems, making quilts and telling her little jokes and sayings until her death.

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