Jean Dennison Taber

Jean Dennison Taber, 87, has faithfully “run the race set before her,” and on April 28, went home to be with her Savior.

Born April 9, 1926, in Johnstown, N.Y., to Alfred D. and Marguerite F. Dennison, Jean graduated from Wellesley College, Massachusetts, in 1948. She was married to the love of her life, David L. Taber, MD, in 1947. After David completed his military service, they moved to Burlington, Vt.

The passion and focus of her life was Jesus Christ. Not only was she a stalwart for truth, generosity, kindness and compassion, but she was also an example of Christ’s love to all who met her. Jean was never afraid to jump into the unknown, such as the time she single-handedly converted her husband’s medical files from hard copy to electronic format. She was active in the American Medical Society, Christian Intervarsity Fellowship, Campus Crusade for Christ, Converse Home, and the North Avenue Alliance Church of Burlington, Vt. She also had a heart for Latin American missions that was founded in her childhood home. Because of her love for the people served through this mission, she taught Spanish.

Later, Jean and Dave moved to Marco Island, Fla., where she was actively involved with Marco Presbyterian Church, the Marco Island Prayer Breakfast and the Sunrise Easter Service on Marco Island beach. She lived life to the fullest, loved to travel, play tennis, and boat on both Lake Champlain and on the Gulf off Marco Island. A beautiful woman inside and out and loved by all who met her, she deeply loved her family and many friends.

Jean was a devoted wife, mother and Bible teacher, and her family will miss her dearly. She is survived by three children, Diane Reed and husband Tom of Phoenixville, Pa., David Taber Jr. and wife Libby of Marco Island, Fla., Netzie Olson and husband Steve of Naples, Fla.; six grandchildren, Tom Reed Jr. and David Reed, Jamie Taber and wife, Chantel, Lindsey Klein and husband Kyle, Eric Olson and Kira Olson; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Frances Dykes, Cleveland, Ohio; and several nieces, nephews, and sister-in-law, Gen Dabback.

Her husband, David L. Taber, and two siblings preceded her in death. A private graveside service will be held in Burlington, Vt.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Latin American Missions, P.O. Box 52-7900, Miami, FL 33152-7900. Condolences may be sent to Jean D. Taber, c/o Netzie Olson, 531 Carica Road, Naples, FL 34108 or email