Lana Jean “Shot” Tabb of Ware Neck, passed away on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, in Gloucester, Virginia, leaving a rich legacy of generosity, compassion, courage, love and humor. Lana was born in Aurora, Illinois, and attended MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University) earning a degree in Sociology and Economics and serving as a class officer each year. Her career was focused on serving the community through her work on Mayor Richard J. Daley’s Community Improvement Advisory Committee and with the JFK Foundation starting a pilot program for educational and trainable adults in Chicago, Illinois. She also started medical social services departments in Florida hospitals, ran her own contract furnishings company and served as an Independent Judiciary Professional in Virginia. She met and married the love of her life, the late Waller Crockett Tabb, in Lakeland, Florida, and eventually moved to his family home in Virginia. They enjoyed a life full of family, friends and shared hobbies including sailing, skiing, scuba diving and piloting their private plane. During her own battle with breast cancer, Lana wrote a series of articles titled “Battling Cancer with Faith, Hope and Humor” to share her experiences with others facing cancer. She shared her hope, faith, contagious laughter and brilliant storytelling with everyone she met.
Lana is survived by her stepchildren, Waller C. Tabb Jr. (Mary), the Rev. Stewart Tabb (Bill Hall), and John Tabb (Sherri), along with her stepgrandchildren and her siblings, Janis Mason, Janet Plum, Nancy McNeill (John) and Monty Williams (June).
A memorial service will be held on Monday, May 16, 2022, at 11 a.m. in Ware Episcopal Church by the Rev. Scott Parnell. Memorial donations may be made to Ware Episcopal Church, 7825 John Clayton Memorial Highway, Gloucester, Va. 23061, Middle Tennessee State University Foundation, c/o Director of Development, Box 109, Wood Stegall Center, 1301 East Main Street, Murfreesboro, Tenn. 37132 (to fund the Lana Plum Tabb Scholarship), United Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 2421, Huntington, N.Y. 11743.
Andrews Funeral Home & Crematory, Gloucester, is in charge of arrangements.