Irene C. Taylor

   Irene was born in Fruitland, Idaho, the seventh of eight children of Harvey W. and Mattie L. Crump (both deceased) on August 31, 1931. She attended public schools in Idaho and graduated from Freed­Hardeman College in 1952, where she met her husband. She married Robert R. Taylor, Jr., gospel preacher, on September 15, 1952.

Irene is the mother of two children: Rebecca who is the wife of a gospel preacher and Tim who is a teacher and coach in Nashville, Tennessee. She is the grandmother of: Ryan Philip Davis, Jonathan Taylor Davis, Jeff Andrew Taylor and Lori Beth Taylor.

The Taylors have worked with the church of Christ in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, Sharon, Tennessee, Ripley, Mississippi, and Ripley, Tennessee, since 1974.

Irene is self­employed as bookkeeper for several small businesses and elderly people.

She teaches ladies' classes on several lectureships each year and on a number of Ladies Day programs. Irene has spoken in most of the Mid­South States, several Mid­West States and Western States. She also writes for the women's section of Christian papers and publishes a regular article for Firm Foundation and enjoys writing religious poetry, usually in conjunction with speaking engagements.

Her hobbies are sewing, reading and enjoying the grandchildren at every opportunity.

Irene says, "My greatest joy is working together with my husband in the Lord's work and enjoying my role as wife, mother and grandmother."

Her greatest concern is the decaying moral standards of today, even in the church, and the lack of respect for Biblical authority. She believes this is at the base for the push for an expanded role for women in the church.

She enjoys people and believes that being a Christian gives her opportunities for meeting the cream of the crop on God's green footstool.