Shirley Taber Memorial Page
Shirley Ann (neé Payton) Taber was born January 10, 1928 in Fort Dodge, IA. She was birthed at home, in the house her grandfather, Nels Peter Mogensen, had built as a wedding present for his daughter, Helga Marie and Henry Clay Payton (Shirley’s parents). With her mother and older sister, Colleen, Shirley grew up in Hartford, CT; she completed high school in PA before attending Allentown Bible College. There she met the love of her life, Hervey Walter Taber. They were wed June 24, 1950 in Trenton, NJ where they began pastoral ministry.
Hervey and Shirley devoted their lives to pastoring Wesleyan churches in Springfield, MA (1954‑1962) and Glens Falls, NY (1962‑1964) before moving to Ellington where they “pioneered” the first Wesleyan church in CT (1964‑1985). Shirley also taught elementary school for 23 years (3rd graders were her favorite). She also loved music, playing organ and piano for church services, violin and accordion for special numbers. She and Hervey often sang duets; in choir, Shirley sang alto.
In 1985 the Tabers fulfilled a long-time dream, moving to Australia to do church planting in Canberra (1985-1989). Returning to upstate NY, they pastored in Fort Miller (1989-1991). They returned to Australia to pastor at Coffs Harbour (1991-1994) until their retirement when they moved to Wesleyan Village (Brooksville, FL) in 1995. Hervey went to be with the Lord in 2006. In 2013 Shirley moved to Residences at Deer Creek (Schererville, IN) where she received excellent care from the staff. For six months she received additional tender care from Nightingale Hospice. She moved to her eternal home on April 14, 2015.
As part of her earthly legacy, Shirley leaves three sons: Paul (Virginia) of Ellington, CT; Wesley (Lori) of Munster, IN; and Mark (Kathleen) of Brisbane, Australia; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren: Josh (Julie) Taber – Micah, Corinne, Liam; Jennifer (Jose) Zepeda – Jacob; Kathryn (Benjamin) Strote – Levi, Luke; Christine (Benjamin) Gerling; Sheri (Martin) Hegeman – Nicholas, Lynae; Karen and Beth Taber.
No funeral service is planned; the family will hold a private memorial service. Memorial tributes may be sent to: Life in Messiah International (Wes & Lori Taber); Wycliffe Bible Translators (Mark & Kathy Taber); Youth with a Mission (Karen Taber).
Memorial Tribute Giving Information
Karen Taber’s ministry with YWAM is among orphans at the Home of Joy in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Click here to make an electronic donation with a special note indicating the gift in memory of Shirley Taber is designated for Karen Taber's ministry with Home of Joy.
Checks made payable to YWAM may be sent to: Accounting Department P.O Box 3000 Garden Valley TX, 75771.
Please include a separate note (not on the check) indicating the gift in memory of Shirley Taber is designated for Karen Taber’s ministry with Home of Joy.
Mark & Kathy Taber serve with Wycliffe in Bible translation.
Click here to make an electronic donation toward the ministry of Mark and Kathy Taber with a special note indicating the gift is in memory of Shirley Taber.
Checks made payable to Wycliffe Bible Translators may be sent to: PO Box 628200, Orlando FL 32862-8200.
Please include a separate note (not on the check) indicating the gift in memory of Shirley Taber is designated for Mark & Kathy Taber’s ministry.
Wes & Lori Taber serve with Life in Messiah in Jewish evangelism.
Click here to make an electronic donation with a special note indicating the gift in memory of Shirley Taber is designated for Wes & Lori Taber's ministry.
Checks made payable to Life in Messiah International may be sent to: PO Box 5470, Lansing, IL 60438-5470.
Please include a separate note (not on the check) indicating the gift in memory of Shirley Taber is designated for Wes & Lori Taber’s ministry.