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Phyllis (Newell) Tabor: 1922–2017

OTTAWA — Phyllis (Newell) Tabor, 95, of Ottawa, died Tuesday morning, Dec. 26, 2017, at Pleasant View.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, at Mueller Funeral Home in Ottawa, with Rev. Carolyn Lukasick, Pastor of Epworth United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Phyllis was born Sept. 19, 1922, in Ophir Township to Eli and Innocent (Bankes) Newell. She was a graduate of Mendota High School and St. Mary’s Hospital for Nursing. During WWII, Phyllis served as a First Lt. in the U.S. Army at the 65th Field Hospital in the European Theatre, Rhineland. She married Jacob A. Tabor on July 11, 1947, in Ottawa. Phyllis was a registered nurse for 43 years. She was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church, the Women’s Club, and volunteered for the American Cancer Society.

She is survived by her son, Gary (Gayleen) Tabor, of Ottawa; two grandchildren, Gary L. (Dawn) Tabor Jr., of Ottawa, and Emily (Zach) Kleidon, of Ottawa; three great-grandchildren, Pearce Tabor, Madison Clowers, and Cash Nilles; and many nieces and nephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jacob, in 1982; and three brothers, Gale, Don and Dale Newell.

Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Tabor Jr., Emily Kleidon, Pearce Tabor, Madison Clowers and Cash Nilles.

Memorial may be directed to Pet Project or PADs.

You may sign the online guest book and share remembrances at

Mueller Funeral Home and Crematory
800 First Ave., Ottawa, IL 61350 

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