M. Coleen Tabbert

Funeral services for M. Coleen Tabbert, Lawrence will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Burial will be follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. She passed away after a courageous fight on March 20, 2015 at her home in Lawrence, KS.

She was born in Altus, AR the daughter of Robert Walter and Mildred Pauline (Wood) Estes.

She was a licensed Cosmetologist, homemaker and an avid community volunteer. She was very involved and was on committees and chaired many of them for the North Lawrence Improvement Association. She was an election volunteer and was still involved with the Woodlawn School fundraising. She was a liaison for the KU Big Event Community Outreach. She always enjoyed being outdoors gardening with her flowers. She enjoyed early morning coffee on the porch. She was an amazing listener and had a beautiful smile.

She married Marvin “Barney” Tabbert on March 6, 1978. He survives of the home.

Other survivors include a daughter, Tamara Parris-Marsh husband, Jim of Oskaloosa; her mother, Mildred Morris of Lawrence; two grandchildren, Parris Olivia Marsh and Cooper Frederick Marsh; two brothers, Robert Doss Estes and Paul Denton Estes both of Tonganoxie; three sisters, Joyce Chrisman, Shirley Weeks and Marilou Bond all of Lawrence; and many beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father and a brother.

The family will greet friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at the mortuary.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to VNA Hospice and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

21 Condolences

  1. Diana Leming on March 21, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    Barney, &Tammy, so sorry to hear the loss of Coleen! What a beautiful lady she was. Always had a smile on her face and happy to see you. She will be missed . Your in our thoughts and prayers. Mike &Diana Leming

  2. Pat Altenbernd on March 22, 2015 at 12:07 am

    Barney, Tammy and family so sorry to hear about your loss. What a wonderful lady Coleen was…. my first babysitter and friend through the yrs you will be truly missed. Your smile and excitement of seeing someone you hadn’t seen recently was priceless and will always be remembered deeply by me. Gods speed and blessings to friends and family.

    Pat Altenbernd and Family

  3. shelley Gist Lauber on March 22, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    I am so sad to find out about coleen passing, I sure loved her she always was someone I was thrilled to see. God bless you Tammy ,Barney and Marilou. I know how much she meant to you. Praying for your comfort.

  4. Debra Morris Bruns on March 22, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Barney, So sorry for the your loss. I knew that she had been sick for a while from the information from my cousins Joyce Ann and Mary. May she rest in peace. Debra Bruns

  5. Jennifer Campbell on March 22, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Barney and Tammy, Jack and I are very sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you !! I loved being her neighbor, She was like a 2nd mom to me. I remember countless times we used to sit outside on the porch and visit for hours, and hours.. I’m glad to have known her, she was a great women.. I’m going to miss the laughter in the neighborhood, she was such a joy to be around. If you guys need anything please let Jack or I know, we’re here for you..

  6. Bob and Janet Bauman on March 22, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Barney and Tammy and Family,
    Bob and I are so sorry for your loss. Coleen was my mentor as a young mother and she kind of taught me how to drink coffee! We have many, many fond memories. She was a blessing to us.
    It is our greatest hope that you will find comfort in the memories of the fine woman she was.
    Thinking of all of you,
    Bob and Janet Bauman

  7. Jan Prager on March 22, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Barney, Tammy And Family Members , My Heart Hurts For All Of You, Colleen Was A Beautiful Lady Inside And Out. I’ll Always Remember That Beautiful Million Dollar Smile She Always Wore. May God Wrap His Arms Around Each of you And Give You Comfort And peace. Because Heaven Got Another Beautiful Angel, That Will Watch Over Each Of you.God Has Taken Her but , But She Will Live In Many Hearts. RIP Sweet Colleen !

  8. Sheila and Marvin McCurdy on March 22, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Barney and Tammy. Sorry about your loss. We love that we got to meet her and the family. Love her smiling face . Will keep her and family in our prayers.

  9. Iris Mendell Miller on March 23, 2015 at 9:14 am

    My Sympathy to all of Coleen family, My heart is heavy by the loss of a wonderful friend, I will always miss her and her beautiful smile.

  10. Shirley Tarpy on March 23, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Barney, Tammy and families, Coleen meant the world to me. She was so caring . A beautiful lady inside and out. We had so many good times together. She was my confidant , we spent many hours telling each other our dreams, problems and many talks about our families…I loved her so much. She will be greatly missed in our neighborhood. God be with her family at this time. RIP Coleen.

  11. Mary K. Morris on March 23, 2015 at 10:59 am

    To all of Colleen’s family,
    My heart is heavy with the loss of Colleen. Her smile and spirit reflected her positive outlook on life. She was like a member of our family, and I will miss our visits. What a wonderful neighbor she was to my parents. I bet they are all in heaven having a cup of coffee. Colleen was such a warm, kind, and wonderful woman, and I feel blessed to have called her my friend. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you through this time.

  12. John Butter & Sandy Whitehead on March 23, 2015 at 11:30 am

    John and I were so very sorry to learn of the passing of Coleen. Our sympathy goes out to each and every family member. May you find comfort in the precious memories you hold of Coleen and know that God is with you at this very difficult time.

  13. Kary & Mary Hurd & Family on March 23, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Barney, Tammy & Family: Very sad to hear of the loss of your wife, mother, friend and confidant. Coleen was one of the first persons I met when I was first married and living in the Perry community. She totally made me feel comfortable and was a very gracious, kind and loving woman to me! Although I had not seen her in a very long time, my memories of that first meeting are still vivid in my mind! The apple truly didn’t fall far from the tree with Tammy…she is living proof of Coleen’s soul! We prayer for you all at the loss of this beautiful woman! God Bless!

  14. Gaye on March 23, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Barney, Tammy and all,
    I am so sorry about the loss of Coleen. I know it doesn’t matter how prepared we are for loss, it still hurts. Know that you are all loved and we want the best for you. I would take away the pain and sorrow if possible, but then you wouldn’t have had such a wonderful women in your life. All who knew Coleen loved her and we were blessed to have been part of her life. We were proud to have been loved by her.
    Gaye, Roger and Kitsmiller Family

  15. Dona Barnhart Higgins on March 23, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Barney and Tammy…..thinking of you both. Coleen was a wonderful person. Full of smiles and positive energy any time she was present. Your are in my thoughts and prayers.

  16. Joyce Cromwell on March 24, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    So sorry to hear about the loss of Coleen, She was a wonderful lady with a beautiful smile and personality.Coleen would always stop and sit on the porch to visit with my parents as she was out walking. She will truly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family at this time.

    Dale Coffman and Joyce Cromwell

  17. Mike and Linda on March 24, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Dear Barney, Tammy and family, we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts. Mike and Linda Cowell

  18. Betsy on March 25, 2015 at 9:00 am

    My life is richer for having known such a wonderful lady. She was such a caring and giving person and friend and touched so many lives. I have countless wonderful memories of visits with her as both a neighbor and friend.
    My heart goes out to Barney and Tammy and the rest of the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  19. BONNIE MCCONNELL SMITH on March 25, 2015 at 9:51 am


  20. Eric Endecott on March 25, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Tammy, I’ve very sorry to hear of your loss. I’ll always remember your mom as the fun-loving and outgoing person I knew. She sure loved to give me a lot of trouble!! God bless you, Barney, and the rest of your family in this time.

  21. Brandi (Krones) Bell on March 27, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Barney and Tammy,

    So sorry to hear of Coleen’s passing! I wish I was able to make it to see her before she passed. I’m also so sorry we were out of town during her visitation and funeral. She was such a huge part of my childhood and I always enjoyed visiting with her! She had the biggest smile every time I saw her and was always so kind to our family. Sending my deepest condolences and wishing you all healing during this time.

    Brandi (Krones) Bell

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