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Carrol Jean Taylor

Carrol Jean Taylor, 71, of Holton passed away at 10:45pm, Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus. She was born in Cincinnati on September 7, 1949, the daughter of Cecil and Thelma Byrd Kelly. She was married to Willie Taylor on May 19, 1969 and he preceded her in death on April 4, 2014.


Survivors include her companion Ricky Stephens; one daughter Teresa (John) O’Neil of Versailles; one son Kenny Taylor of Bankston, Alabama; 6 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; two brothers Ernie (Ellen) Kelly of Belmont, California, and Arthur Kelly of Napoleon. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her sister Sharon Reese.


She was a 1968 graduate of Holton High School and graduated from cosmetology school in Columbus in 1988. Carrol was well known in the Holton community where she operated a beauty shop for over 25 years. She also did hair in shops in Versailles and Seymour. Carrol enjoyed caring for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and her family said that she remained “in charge” to the very end. She always loved having the kid’s friends at her house and she was known to all of them as “Mammy”. Carrol made and enjoyed her many trips to the Smoky Mountains and wherever she was, she was always good for a laugh. Carrol was a member of the Holton Christian Church.


Carrol’s wishes were to be cremated and a celebration of her life was held at 10am on Saturday, July 31st at the Holton Christian Church with Bro. Bob McCreary and Rev. Dwight Roark officiating. Visitation began at 9am. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.