Caryl Burke

Obituary of Caryl Taylor Burke

On January 7, 2017, the Lord called Caryl Taylor Burke of Fairmont home as she peacefully entered eternity surrounded by her cherished daughters at the age of ninety. Caryl was a loving and selfless wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, but most importantly a follower of Christ. She was born on February 6, 1926 in Porter, Indiana. She was the daughter of the late Carlton Cecil Taylor and Grace Doyle Taylor. She was raised in the Gary, Indiana area alongside her beloved late sister Beatrice. She graduated from the Gregg School of Stenography in Chicago. Caryl was a well-known presence as a court stenographer in the Kanawha County Circuit Court for over twenty years. She was also an enthusiastic and loyal fan of the Chicago Cubs and the West Virginia Mountaineers. Caryl will be remembered as someone who walked in love and lived in faith, treasuring the word of God. The love of her family was only surpassed by her love for the Lord. Caryl is survived by her three loving daughters and two sons-in-law; Susan and James Colbert of Rachel, West Virginia, Sandy Smith of Martinsburg, West Virginia, and Sharon and Angelo Mancuso of Egg Harbor, New Jersey. Caryl will also be forever missed by her nine grandchildren; Peter Clay, Andrea (Strickland) Simms, Rachel Strickland, Sarah (Clay) Wilson, William Strickland, Kristin Mancuso, Jared Strickland, Kaitlin Mancuso, and Ryan Smith, and seven great grandchildren. Caryl was welcomed into the Eternal Kingdom by her beloved husband Jimmy of 63 years and her dear son-in-law Michael Smith. Ford Funeral Home, R.C .Jones Chapel, 1410 Country Club Rd., Fairmont, West Virginia is in charge of funeral arrangements. A private family funeral service will be held in the funeral home with entombment to follow in View Point Cemetery in Rachel, West Virginia. The family requests that memorial donation be made to Make a Wish, Northern West Virginia Chapter, 913 Canyon Rd., Morgantown, West Virginia, 26508. On line condolences may be made to Submitted by William Ford, II.