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Irene M. (Duncan) Taylor went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, July 23, 2017, at her long-time home in Grand Rapids. 

She was preceded in death by her best friend and beloved husband, Charles Taylor; and her son, Donald “Donnie” Taylor (KIA Vietnam War, U.S. Army Ranger). Irene is survived by her daughter, Brenda (Kenneth) Dicks, of Knoxville, Tennessee; son, Robert “Bob” (Donna) Taylor, of Grand Rapids; siblings, Nelma Trammell, and Eulis Duncan, both of Kentucky. She was a grandmother to 4 grandchildren; a great grandmother to 5; an aunt; and great aunt to many. 

Irene retired as a teacher from Collins Elementary School in the Forest Hills School District.  Her summers were enjoyed at the family cottages, Kozy Kove Cottages, in Pentwater. Born on April 1, 1927, her childhood was spent in Corbin, Kentucky. As a long time member of Cascade Christian Church, and Centenary United Methodist Church, she enjoyed Sunday worship and socializing with her prayer group.

She is loved by many and missed by all.                                                                 

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on August 16, 2017 at the Centenary United Methodist Church, 82 N. Hancock Street, Pentwater, where light refreshments will follow the service. Internment will be at the Cascade Township Cemetery in Grand Rapids.

Honoring her wishes cremation will take place. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign M. Irene’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Sandy & David Gort on July 27, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    To Brenda and Bob, We are so sorry to hear of Irene’s passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family during this time. Enjoyed our friendship and many great memories of Charles & Irene from many summer vacations spent in cabin 3. Love and God’s blessings to you all.

  2. James & Hattie Taylor; Jean (Taylor) Patty on July 28, 2017 at 11:17 am

    With thoughts and prayers for peace in this difficult time.

  3. Sharon Gage on July 28, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    I have many fond memories of working with Irene at Collins Elementary School. My sympathy to her family and dear friends.

  4. Jim and Marilyn Mulder on July 30, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    We were saddened to here of Irene’s passing away. We have been long time neighbors in Pentwater and enjoyed both Charlie and Irene. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

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