Myrtle Ellen Dennis Tabor, Ed.D., 90 years of age, of Winston-Salem went to be with the Lord at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital on March 10, 2019, after experiencing a sudden heart attack and stroke.
She was born in Albemarle, North Carolina in 1928 to Charlie Martin and Henrietta Dennis. She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Dr. Charles Gordon Tabor.
Ellen received her first degree at Mars Hill College and went on to Nursing at Baptist Hospital, and after she and Charles wed, they dedicated themselves to missionary service at Wallace Memorial Baptist Hospital in Pusan, South Korea for 20 years. Upon their return to the United States, Ellen passionately pursued both education and service as a nursing professional. She was the founding President of the Baptist Nursing Fellowship and earned her doctorate in education, continuing to tutor and volunteer throughout her life. She modeled in her life and actions what it meant to be devoted to the needs of those around her. She was a strong leader, a selfless servant, a dedicated mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and a friend to so many. Her family is grateful for the time, lessons, and love she has shared with them over the years. They are also grateful for the many kindnesses and partnerships that those in her community have shared with her during her life. We rejoice that she is in Heaven with her Lord and Savior now, reunited with Charles.
Ellen is survived by her sons Charles David Tabor and his wife Christina Nelson and Dennis Gordon Tabor and his wife Carol Tabor; her grandchildren, Jennifer, Kara, David Jr, Laura, and Beth; and great-grandson Nicolas.
The family will receive friends from 1:00pm - 1:45pm, Friday, March 15, 2019, at Hartsell Funeral Home, 522 N. Second Street, Albemarle. The funeral service will follow at 2:00pm in the Hartsell Funeral Home’s Lefler Memorial Chapel officiated by Rev. Emily Hull McGee. Burial will follow the service at the Anderson Grove Baptist Church Cemetery at 2225 East Main Street, Albemarle.
Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle is serving the Tabor family.