Shelby Jean Taylor was born on February 13, 1941 to Clara Jett and Ira Hill in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was preceded in death by: her parents; her grandfather, Hobart Jett; her brother, Ira Kent Hill; her stepfathers, Clifton Hunn and Earnest Gray; and her husband, Donald Taylor.
She loved the arts and channeled her artistic abilities into her singing and artwork. She was an excellent hostess and entertainer and loved animals. Above all else, she loved helping those in need. The doors of her home were always open to anyone in need of a meal a place to lay their head or an ear to listen. In addition to her own children and grandchildren, she raised dozens of other children in need of love, including raising 16 foster children at the same time. “Mother”, as she was affectionately known to all, never said no to anyone and stretched her resources to help generations of her extended family. She believed in having a house full of love, laughter, children and animals.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory: her sons, Darryl Hilton and Delrico Taylor, Sr. (Romaine Robinson); her grandchildren, Angel, Edell, Delrico Jr. (Tiara), DeShawn, Danielle, Destinee (Jamal), Devejon, Domonic and DeAire; great-grandchildren, William, Delrico III, Benjamin, Domonic Jr., Dakota, Dyson, Dre’dyn, Devyn and Gia; one brother, Stephen Wayne Hill; one sister, Maria Bernadette Hill; and a host of nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, cousins and extended family.
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