Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

1730 East Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI


Trina Karen Taylor

May 15, 1944January 16, 2020

Trina Karen Taylor, 75, passed away on Thursday, January 16, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan. Trina was born May 15, 1944 in Ionia to Henry Emil and Lillian Belle (Montgomery) Speckin. Trina was a school bus driver for Haslett Public Schools for many years and a published author of 5 books. She was also a belly dancer, the leader of the Corn Cob Cloggers, and loved Irish step dancing. She loved to sew and crochet and spent much of her time selling her wares at craft shows. She had learned to play the accordion and the auto-harp and was getting pretty good at playing the fiddle. She had the biggest heart and the fabulous gift of gab. She could talk to anyone, anytime, anywhere. She had the best stories and was always willing to share bits of her history with those she loved. Her most common words of wisdom were to "remember where you came from" and to "Turn your light on". She was feisty and spirited and her smile and laugh made you want to smile and laugh with her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her two sisters Pauline and Irene, and her brother Don.

She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 55 years, James Milton Taylor; her daughters, Amy (James) Taylor-Adams and Elizabeth Corbett; her grandchildren, Zachary (Rochelle) Houghton, Hannah Houghton, Haylee Corbett, Chyenne Corbett, and Skylar Adams; and her step-grandchildren Brenda Adams and Tolly Adams.

Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to the Capital Area Humane Society or to a local animal shelter.


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Trina Karen Taylor

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Chyenne Corbett

February 19, 2020

Hey Grandma,
Just wanted to say I’m so grateful I got to spend your last day with you! Cleaning your room and scanning in the Reunion book for you. It was one of the best days I had with you but I wish I got just a little bit more time! I’m so very thankful for you and I miss you everyday❤️ I wish you could’ve seen me start Cosmetology School, but I know you’re watching over me and I promise to do amazing! I love and miss you with all of my heart and soul!!!
Love always and forever: your chigger bunny

April Krauth

February 18, 2020

Have been a part of the family for over 30 years and Trina was so loving and fun. Enjoyed sharing phone calls pre-reading her books before they went to publishing and cherished our trip to Ovid (her favorite town that was based on her books). Enjoyed all the family events over the years and will miss seeing her. Love and Miss you Trina!

Cathy (Smith) Gillett

January 21, 2020

I'm sorry to hear of Tina's passing. I used to belly dance with Trina in the late 70's. We'd sometimes dance together at the Alpine Bar in Charlotte. She always had a big smile on her face and always a happy person. I wish I'd never lost my chance to keep in touch with her, especially since I read that she learned to play the fiddle and I play the violin. Keeping your family in my thoughts.