In loving memory of

Shirley Ann Tabor
May 16, 1928 - September 28, 2019

Shirley Ann Tabor passed away on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at Genesis Hospital in Davenport. Shirley was born in Chicago, IL on May 16, 1928, to Elwood Burkland and Mary Worthington Burkland. She attended George Williams College, where she was on the swim team, and Cornell College. At a Thanksgiving visit with a college friend to the Tabor family farm near Baldwin, IA, she met and fell in love with Jack Tabor. They married on February 19, 1949. Jack and Shirley farmed and raised a family together for 50 years.

After Jack's death in 1999, Shirley stayed at the stone farm house, which remained the gathering place for family get-togethers and celebrations, until her passing. She loved tending her roses and being actively involved with the Tabor Home Winery. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan, a voracious reader and a wise commentator on current events. Shirley was active in the Maquoketa United Church of Christ (UCC), 4-H, and numerous charities. She treasured the time she spent with her family.

She is survived by her children Paul (Martha) Tabor of Dubuque, Anne Tabor of Iowa City, Eric (Mike Youngstrom) Tabor of West Des Moines, and Mary (Phil Roeder) Tabor of Des Moines; daughter-in-law Jonna Jensen of Baldwin; grandchildren Ben, Kate, Megan, Emily, Maureen, Noah, Oliver, Hannah, and Sam; great grandchildren Lily, Charlie, Adeena, Amara, and Aliyan; and a brother Woody Burkland of Naperville, IL. She was preceded in death by husband Jack and her parents.

The family would like to express gratitude to those who tenderly cared for Shirley at Genesis Hospital.

A private graveside burial ceremony will be conducted. A celebration of Shirley's life will be held on Saturday, December 28, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at the Maquoketa UCC. Memorials may be sent to the UCC's Iowa OCWM or the Ron Santo Diabetic Alert Dog Foundation.

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family and online condolences may be left at


Gary and Joan Petersen wrote on Oct 18, 2019:

"Paul and Martha, So sorry for the loss of her Mom. We always enjoyed visiting with her at the winery. You are in our thoughts and prayers."

rob rotman wrote on Oct 5, 2019:

"What can I say,I loved her humor, her compassion,how Jack and she,loved my calls to WMt ,and her whole fa mily,who make m efeel that I have a right to be on the face of the earth,peace love rob"

Chris Hafner (Michael’s sister) wrote on Oct 3, 2019:

"I last saw Shirley at Eric and Michael?s wedding at the stone house. Shirley was full of life, happy about everyone being there for the wedding and her mind and wit was sharp and she was so fun to talk to and hear about her family and current events. She was a wonderful, kind and generous person and I?m glad I got to spend that day with her."

Harold and Joyce Hutchins wrote on Oct 2, 2019:

"Sending our heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your dear Shirley. Harold and Joyce Hutchins"

Michelle Maze Hughes wrote on Oct 2, 2019:

"Tabor Family, I am so sorry for your loss! I went to church with Shirley & initially got to know her in 1972 when she led the Children's Choir. That was also the year I got my 1st Bible and I listed "Mrs. Tabor" as 1 of my 3 church friends. Later she was my Sunday School Teacher and eventually I sang in the adult choir with her. She was one of the kindest people I've ever met. And she was such a fun person! And she was definitely one of THEE most patient and grace-filled people I've ever met. She touched so many lives! She will truly be missed! All My Sympathy to the entire family! Michelle Maze Hughes "

Candie Potter Emery wrote on Oct 2, 2019:

"Prayers for the Tabor family, Mrs Tabor was a good person, I remember her from church and being our Sunday school teacher ! May she rest in peace Candie Potter Emery "

Jim Yocum wrote on Oct 2, 2019:

"Dear Tabor Family, The pleasure of knowing your mother was truly a wonderful blessing! She was consistently an amazingly pleasant, powerful, and inspirational person. Every time I had the pleasure of being around her, I always felt uplifted. She lived an amazing life! THANK GOD SHE GOT TO SEE _HER_ CUBBIES WIN THE WORLD SERIES! "

Ron Parker wrote on Oct 2, 2019:

"Warm thoughts and prayers to the whole Tabor family. It's clear that Shirley was an amazing person! "

Pat Smith wrote on Oct 1, 2019:

"Tabor Family, I am so sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. She was a very special lady! I have many fond memories of her especially through the church. She and mom made up a great tenor/baritone section in the choir in the old days!! Thoughs and prayers are with you all. Pat Smith"

Ryan & Susie Gerischer wrote on Oct 1, 2019:

"Paul & Martha, So sorry for your family's loss. She was such a nice lady. You are all in our prayers."

Ace Moore wrote on Sep 30, 2019:

"So sorry to of the passing of Shirley. Ace and JoNell"