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Shirley Darlene Burns Taylor

Shirley Darlene Burns Taylor, American paralegal. Certified professional legal secretary.


  • Taylor, Shirley Darlene Burns was born on December 30, 1938 in Decatur, Illinois, United States. Daughter of Robert and Sylvia Faye (Cowger) Belke.

  • Education

    • Graduate, Decatur Public Schools, 1956.


    • With C. N. Gorham & Sons, Decatur, 1956—1957, Burger, Geisler, Fombelle & Wheeler, Decatur, 1961—1974. Legal secretary Geisler, Waks & Geisler, since 1974. Recording and correspondent secretary Macon Chamber of Commerce, 1974—1980.

      Secretary-treasurer South Macon Township Library. Board, 1975—1980.

    Major achievements

    • Certified professional legal secretary.


    A member of a Christian Church should support all social initiatives having a purpose to maintain and strengthen well-being and progress of the whole community and its members.

    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Since a human being is the central factor in the plan of salvation, the Gospel must be taught, understood and accepted by him.

    Denomination: Methodist


    Just as a human body contains different limbs and organs that depend on each other, so members of a Christian society should be close and caring enough to feel each other's pain and delight.


    Member of Parents Without Partners (newsletter editor 1980-1982, membership director 1982-1983, regional council secretary 1981-1983), Winning as Single Adults (secretary 1980-1983), Macon Chamber of Commerce, National Association Legal Secretaries (area 5 membership director 1980-1982, Illinois national director 1983-1984, scholarship chair 1983-1985, Legal Secretary of Year 1986), Illinois Association Legal Secretaries (president 1982-1983, legal education chairman 2008, Legal Secretary of Year 1977), Macon-Moultrie Counties Legal Secretaries Association.


    • Married Richard Lee Burns, November 24, 1956 (divorced July 1980). Children: Cindi Lynn, Richard Todd, Scotti Lee, Kristin Annette. Married Edward C. Taylor, June 24, 1983.

      Stepchildren: Krista Dawn, Russell Joseph.
    • father: Robert Belke
    • mother: Sylvia Faye (Cowger) Belke
    • spouses: Richard Lee Burns
    • Edward C. Taylor
    • children: Cindi Lynn Taylor
    • Richard Todd Taylor
    • Scotti Lee Taylor
    • Kristin Annette Taylor
    • Krista Dawn Taylor
    • Russell Joseph Taylor
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    Born December 30, 1938