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Linda Norris


I was one of those Brides of Fall 1961 who married Larry Taylor class of '57 (Baseball State Champs) and the marriage has lasted 50 yrs this Labor Day!! I would not recommend it today but I was one of the lucky ones.

After UF, Larry worked for Belks over 20 yrs while I was a stay-at-home mom. Belks sent us to Ocala then Gainesville. In 1983 - 2006 Larry changed from retail to the ministry and was the Administrator of the Stuart Florida First Baptist Church/School. We so enjoyed the beaches, weather, fishing, traveling during that stay in South Florida.

Our daughter Leslie lives in Gainesville with her family, daughter Jerri Anne lives in Tallahassee with her family, and son Lee lives in Marietta, Georgia with his family and he is on Staff at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church. We have seven grandchildren and two in Tallahassee have Cystic Fibrosis. We never knew it was in either family so we stay busy with fund raising and praying for a cure every day. Taylor & Courtney are 16 and 19 and doing very well. They have become Seminoles so we took them out of the will.

In 1987 I became an insurance agent and sold personal lines until 2006. After retiring back to Gator Country (Gainesville), we stay busy kayaking, fishing, and traveling. We rarely go back to Sarasota but stay in touch with Sandy and Tommy Klein (Class oF 59/60) and have recently reconnected with Peggy Tindal from SHS. Marcia Blanchard Beard was my Maid of Honor and we stay in touch even though she lives in Durham, NC.

Larry was diagnosed with Esophageal cancer in September 2009 so we have spent the last 16 months going thru chemo/radiation/recovery and healing. The Lord has blessed us so much and Larry is now emailing/encouraging others who are going through Esophagectomies.

We both have many fond memories of SHS and still have nightmares that my gym clothes are not washed/ironed for Monday. I remember the fun times at Sarasota Junior High and attending school with some of the Ringling Circus children!!! I think the Class of 1961 was fortunate to grow up in that era and wish our grandchildren could experience those times as well. GOD BLESS!

Linda Norris Taylor