CHICAGO — On Wednesday morning, Dec. 18, 2019, a beautiful, glowing light was dimmed. Mrs. Willie Mae Tabor was called home to be with our Lord Jesus in heaven.
Mrs. Willie Mae Tabor was born on July 9, 1950, to her parents, Mr. William “Bob” and Mrs. Georgia Martin, in Minter City. She was raised in Greenwood. While living in Greenwood, she attended Amanda Elzy High School for two years. At the age of 17, she moved to Chicago Heights, Illinois, to live with her grandmother, Mrs. Carrie White. During that time, she attended and graduated from Bloom High School in Chicago Heights.
While living in Mississippi, she accepted Christ as her savior at an early age while attending Gold Bell Chapel M.B. Church in Itta Bena. After she moved to Chicago Heights, she attended Union Baptist Church with her grandmother, Mrs. White, in Chicago Heights. She later became a faithful and longtime member of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. During her membership at Calvary, she served as a member of the Nurses’ Aide, Missionaries, the Educational Scholarship ministry, and many other ministries. She also served her time volunteering in the Chicago Heights community with Bloom High School’s PTO and visiting the senior citizens at various senior home centers.
She was a faithful and hard-working employee at Prairie State College Child Care until she retired in 2012. She loved working with the children at the child-care facility and in the community. She loved seeing the children growing up before her eyes and seeing their next generation growing up. But nothing brought her more joy than raising her own children and grandchildren. She truly cherished, doted and cheered on her grandchildren DeVonté, JaeLynne and Timothy. She faithfully loved her husband, Bonny, for over 50 years. She was highly committed to her family as a God-fearing and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and a true friend to many.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Georgia Martin; her father, William Saunders “Bob” Martin; her grandmother, Mrs. Carrie Gipson; and two brothers, Chief Jas B. Martin and Fred Thomas.
She leaves behind her husband, Bonny Tabor; her two daughters, Theresa Tabor of Richton Park and Denise Tabor of Chicago Heights; three grandchildren, DeVonté Winfree, JaeLynne Winfree and Timothy Tabor; six sisters, Carrie Jones, Annette Simmons, Barbara Martin and Cora Williams, all of Chicago Heights, and Oneida “Millie” Martin and Hester Martin, both of Greenwood; four brothers, Oscar “Bubba” Martin, William Martin, Jr., James Carter and Bernard Williams, who are all in Greenwood; a loving and faithful dog, Jaiden; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.