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TABLER SHADDIX HELEN TABLER SHADDIX April 20,1925 - April 24, 2012 Born in Hammondsport NY and lived a life devoted to music, teaching, family and friends. Raised in Binghamton, NY, where her father served as minister of Ross Memorial Presbyterian Church. Her love of music developed throughout high school and followed her to the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music, where she studied voice and piano. Helen came to Washington DC with her husband Daniel M. Tabler, a member of "The President's Own" United States Marine Band. She sang and directed choirs, including at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, the Washington Cathedral Oratorio Society, Petworth Baptist Church, Andrews Air Force Base Church and St. John's Episcopal Church at Broad Creek, Maryland. She taught elementary school music for many years while raising her family and completed post graduate courses at the University of Maryland, University of Minnesota, Bowie State College, Maryland and Wellesley College, Massachusetts. She was a member of the Maryland State Teachers Association and Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity. She was also a member of the Freedom Hill Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Following her marriage to William N. Shaddix, Jr. she retired to Florida where she found many dear friends and was active in the community and the arts. Helen also taught music at the Kodaikanal School in Tamil Nadu, India, and served as sorority house mother at Purdue University and the University of Florida at Gainesville. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. George L. and Mrs. Geraldyne L. Tappan, and her brother Dr. Howard L. Tappan. She is survived by her brother, George L. Tappan of California and her sister-in-law Elinor Tappan of Florida, and their families; her children Diana Tabler Forbes and Daniel M. Tabler, III of Virgnia; four grandchildren, Daniel M. Tabler IV, Christina L. Diaz, Meredith S. Forbes and Jonathan R. Forbes; and two great grand children, Tanner and Celeste Diaz. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 11 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church - Broad Creek, 9801 Livingston Road, Ft. Washington, MD 20744. Contributions may be made in her name to the Music Fund of Penney Memorial Church, P.O. Box 555, Penney Farms, Florida 32079.
Published in The Washington Post on May 7, 2012