Shirley Ann (Payton) Taber

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  • "Some of the fondest memories of my childhood are of family..."
    - Bill Mogensen
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    - Gary and Renee Mogensen
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    - Gary and Renee Mogensen
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SHIRLEY ANN TABER (NEE PAYTON) FORT DODGE, IA 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 and Glens Falls, NY before moving to Ellington where they "pioneered" the first Wesleyan church in CT. Between church planting stints in Canberra and Coffs Harbour, Australia they pastored in Fort Miller, NY. They retired 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. 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). (See\ShirleyTaber for on-line giving links).


Published in The Times on Apr. 16, 2015
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