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Edith Pearl Elliott

December 28, 1928 April 14, 2022
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Edith Tabb Elliott

Edith Tabb Elliott, age 93, longtime Altus, Oklahoma resident, passed away on Thursday, April 14, 2022 at her home in Altus.

Edith Tabb Elliott was born on December 28,1928 to Edmond and Pearl Locke Tabb. She was one of eight children Leona, Edna, Dorvell, William Hershel, Marjorie, Anna, Edith and Edmond. The family lived in the Porter High community, where their farm was seven miles south and one mile west of Altus. Mr. Tabb was a farmer, while Mrs. Tabb was a homemaker.

Mr. and Mrs. Tabb expected their children to make good grades. Mrs. Tabb took her children to church every Sunday. They started at a community church at Porter High. Different ministers rotated through the school, so that is how her cousin, Mary Lankford, ended up a Methodist. They attended the Baptist Church in Olustee in the cellar, because the church had burned. Then flooding took out the bridge and they transferred to Altus First Baptist, where Edith is still a member. Edith and Jo Ann McGee were baptized at the same time in Stinky Creek.

Edith was raised during the Great Depression. In her own words, "It was hard times, but as a child we had plenty to eat and our parents loved us."

The family did not have electricity until Edith was about grown. They cooked on a wood stove which also heated the house. They used kerosene lamps for lighting. There was no indoor plumbing, which required carrying water from the well to the house and barn. Mrs. Tabb usually did this as well as milk from the cows.

Edith loved school and was an outstanding student. Tragedy struck when she was in the eighth grade and Marjorie was a senior. Their Mother had bought them new clothes for Easter and graduation. When they were a mile north of the house on the school bus, they could see their house burning. Their Mother was at the neighbors. She had gone into the burning house to get the new clothes and food until she was stopped. Mr. Tabb purchased a house and had it moved to the farm.

Mrs. Tabb took her family to the Altus City Library every week to check out a book and she took milk and eggs to the store to sell.

Porter High closed Edith's junior year, so she transferred to Altus High School. She knew some kids from church and she played basketball. Clifford Peterson was her coach and principal. They were the first team to go to State in Oklahoma City for Women's basketball. They lost the first game. Her sister-in-law, Mary Elliott won State in 1950.

Edith graduated from Altus High in 1946 in a class of 77 students. She sat next to Hatton McMahan at commencement and was the last graduate because of Tabb. She attended OK Baptist University and then transferred to Oklahoma A & M her junior year. Physical education was her major. She played guard in basketball at both schools. She graduated in 1950 and started teaching. She taught English at Humphrey with Peggy Risinger and Frances Herron. Then she taught at Altus High.

On her birthday December 28, 1950 Edith married John Elliott. He was two years older, a Porter High baseball player and a Catholic. Her dad said it would be like two mules pulling in opposite directions. They were married 61 years. Their only daughter is Benita Elliott Adams. She has one son, Spencer Adams and one grandson Wyatt Edward Adams. Her step son is Ryan Adams who has three sons, Skylar, Declan and Holden Adams.

Edith taught Sunday School at First Baptist for 61 years until her eyesight failed. She learned best life lessons from those women in her classes. Their faith was strong and never wavering, true prayer warriors.

Edith had her family history traced by her sister-in-law Jeanne Tabb to the American Revolution. She was a past regent and chaplain for the Altus chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution. Their motto is God, Home, Country. She believed that is the substance of life.

In 1981, Edith was still teaching high school and was diagnosed with breast cancer, which led to early retirement. She had two other bouts with cancer that she survived. She said "I feel like it is a blessing from God that I am still here."

After retirement, Edith, Sammie Ladd, Virginia Snell and Darla Lawrance took up golfing. She and Virginia played tennis and competed in tournaments. Bobbie McMinn, Dean Cox and Bonita Ray played bridge with her. She wanted to be remembered for encouraging young people, her Christian principles, enjoyed other people, loved God, her family and her country.


Viewing hours will be from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm, Monday, April 18, 2022 at Lowell-Tims Funeral Chapel in Altus.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm on Monday, April 18 at the Lowell-Tims Funeral Home Chapel in Altus with Dr. Jeff Moore officiating.

Interment will follow at the Altus City Cemetery under the direction of Lowell-Tims Funeral Home and Crematory, Altus.


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Viewing

Monday

18

Apr

9:00 AM 4/18/2022 9:00:00 AM - 1:00 PM 4/18/2022 1:00:00 PM
Lowell-Tims Chapel

1100 East Tamarack Road
Altus, OK 73521

Lowell-Tims Chapel
1100 East Tamarack Road Altus 73521 OK
United States

Funeral

Monday

18

Apr

2:00 PM 4/18/2022 2:00:00 PM
Lowell-Tims Chapel

1100 East Tamarack Road
Altus, OK 73521

Lowell-Tims Chapel
1100 East Tamarack Road Altus 73521 OK
United States

Interment

Monday

18

Apr

Altus City Cemetery

2400 Falcon Road
Altus, OK 73521

Altus City Cemetery
2400 Falcon Road Altus 73521 OK
United States
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