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Palmalea Rennie Taylor (Pam), 90, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Monday, March 13, 2017, in Mansfield, Texas. A private, family memorial service was held at Spring Hill Cemetery and Mausoleum in Danville, Illinois, on Thursday, March, 16, 2017.

Pam was born in January of 1927, to Roy and Mildred Rennie, in Canton, Illinois. Both preceded her in death. Pam graduated from Peoria Central High school and then received her degree of nursing from Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's School of Nursing in Chicago, IL. She was an operating room head nurse and supervisor at St. Luke's from 1948 - 1953. While in Chicago, she met and married Alan M. Taylor, MD, of Danville, IL on December 24, 1951. He preceded her in death in 1978. She worked for many years in the field of medicine, first as a nurse, then helping in her husband's practice. She became the Executive Director of the Lake View Memorial Hospital Foundation in 1978 until 1990. She was appointed Chairman of the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board in 1979 and worked on the board until 2002. Her absolute passion was helping in the field of medicine. She did so by serving on multiple committees and boards through-out Illinois. She was a member of the Lt. Governor's Council on Rural Health Care (1988-2002), the Vermilion County Public Health Department Board (1980-2001), Vermilion Area Community Health Clinic-Free Clinic, Illinois State Medical Society and Vermilion County Medical Society Auxiliary. She was also instrumental in bringing Aunt Martha's Healthcare Clinic to Danville and served on their board of directors for many years.

Pam devoted many hours to the city of Danville as she raised their four children in organizations such as the YWCA, Girl Scouts, 4-H Leader, Red Cross instructor and volunteer, the Salvation Army board of directors, United Fund Area chairman, Danville Library Foundation, and Aunt Martha's Youth Center, Inc. board of directors. She could also be found out at Kennekuk Cove volunteering with her close friend, Peggy Bishop, as well as at the Arts in the Park, the Palmer Center, the Balloon Festival, and at her church, First Presbyterian Church of Danville. She was also a member of Chapter KE, PEO and a member of the Clover Club of Danville.

She also received many awards for the work she has done including the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Governmental Affairs and Legislation 1960- 2007 from the Illinois State Medical Society, Lakeview College of Nursing Honorary Degree, 1992, and was recognized as a Charter Member of the Danville Symphony Guild.

One of her finest accomplishments was in working with the Lakeview College of Nursing and the President's Council Lakeview College of Nursing as the founder.

Mrs. Taylor is survived by her four children: daughters, Elizabeth Taylor of Indiana, Leslie Phillips of Alabama, Sarah (Paul) Knobloch of Iowa, and son, Alan (Marijane) Taylor II. MD, of Texas. She also has four grandchildren, Alan Knobloch (Brenna) of Washington State, Alex Knobloch, also of Washington State, Trysten Jones (Ryan) of Texas, and Alan Taylor III, also of Texas. She was thrilled to welcome into the world her three great-grandchildren of Washington State, Caiden Knobloch, Callen Knobloch, and Charlotte Knobloch.

Memorials can be made to the Pam Taylor Scholarship Fund at the Lakeview College of Nursing or to the donor's choice.
Published on  March 16, 2017
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