Loretta D. Tabor Loretta D. Tabor,a resident of Callawassee Island and the wife of Stephen H. Tabor, died Saturday night, April 9, following a traffic accident. Loretta was born October 9, 1946 in Washington, PA the daughter of Dr. Regis and Ruth Downey. She and her husband had resided in various locations during his career including Westernport, MD, Paducah, KY, Howell, NJ, and Columbia, MD prior to their move to South Carolina in 2005. She was a graduate of Murray State University, Murray, KY earning her Bachelor degree in education. She earned her Master degree as a reading specialist from Loyola University in Baltimore. Loretta had extensive experience in education including teaching at two elementary schools and directing the Head Start program in Columbia, MD. She had also served as a reading specialist at Grace & St. Peter's in Baltimore. In addition to her husband, Loretta is survived by one daughter, Sarah Gilmore (Benjamin) of Washington, DC: two sons, Peter (Patti) of Pflugerville, TX and Charles of Ocean, NJ. She and Steve are grandparents of six grandchildren; Chase, Conner and Chance Tabor of Pflugerville, Texas;Lucy and Alice Gilmore of Washington, DC and Anya Roux Tabor of Ocean, NJ. Loretta came from a family of seven and issurvived by siblings Dennis (Ann) Nichols of Green Bay, WI; Francis (Tim) Downey of Latrobe, PA; Patricia Hutton of Tampa, FL; Michael Downey of Amity, PA; and Joseph Downey of Tampa, FL. She was preceded in death by her brother John Downey and by her parents. Loretta was a very generousperson who gave of her time and resources to her church, All Saints Episcopal of Hilton Head,and to the numerous other causes in which she had strong belief including the church's outreach activities. She and Steve were dedicated to the Dominican Republic Missions supported by their church and had made many trips to the island nation to work at the school and mission in Barahona, DR. She was deeply admired and loved by all who knew her. Loretta loved her family very deeply and enjoyed the frequent trips she and Steve made to visit them. She also enjoyed her tennis, reading, bridge and especially the many trips she and Steve had taken around the world. A memorial service in her memory will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, April 18, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 3001 Meeting Street, Hilton Head. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Dominican Republic Missions at All Saints Church.
Published by The Island Packet on Apr. 13, 2016.