OBITUARY

Christy J. Taber

November 25, 1970February 3, 2014

Christy Jude Taber, 43, of Fairhaven, passed away on Monday, February 3, 2014 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Born in New Bedford, she had been a resident of Fairhaven for 20 years and was a graduate of Fairhaven High School.

She was the loving daughter of Donald and Anna (Calaca) Taber of Acushnet and sister of Bryan Taber and his wife Tiffany of Hanson, MA and Keith Taber and his wife Larken of Middlesex, VT. She is also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Christy’s passing was sudden and unexpected. She developed Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and multiple organ failure due to H1N1 influenza infection, along with other complications. The family is grateful for the care she received, especially from the attentive team in the ICU at Massachusetts General.

Christy was part of the Southeastern Massachusetts Educational Collaborative family and was an inspiration to staff, students and consumers.

Christy was a hard worker, who was employed by several businesses over the years, including McDonald’s, Red Lobster, Shaw’s, Mike’s Restaurant and Market Basket. She also volunteered her time at United Front Day Care, Our Lady's Haven in Fairhaven, and the Collaborative's Supporting Adults for Inclusive Living (SAIL) program office. She was also a member of the Human Rights Committee.

In 1994, Christy achieved a lifelong goal to live independently with two roommates. Christy was a strong advocate for herself and other individuals with disabilities. Her determination and independence led to the development of the SAIL program, a legacy that has benefited many individuals over the years.

Christy received numerous awards throughout her lifetime including the Eagle Pin for exemplary work from Red Lobster, the James Sokolove Personal Best Award which honors young people with disabilities who have overcome great obstacles to achieve personal triumphs, and the 2011 SMEC/SAIL “Individual of the Year” award. In addition, Christy was honored at the Massachusetts State House with the award “A Tribute to Those Who Contribute” for her accomplishments.

Christy loved to travel and went on several national and international trips with her friends. She was also a huge sports fan; she loved the Red Sox, Providence Bruins, and wrestling and participated in Special Olympics herself. Most of all, Christy loved animals, children and her family. She was loved by everyone whose life she touched and she will be dearly missed by so many.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 10AM-1PM at the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford followed by a Prayer Service at 1PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to SMEC’s SAIL program in Christy’s name. Checks can be sent to: Southeastern MA Educational Collaborative, 12 Welby Road, New Bedford, MA 02745.

Services

  • Visiting Hours Saturday, February 22, 2014
  • Prayer Service Saturday, February 22, 2014
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Janice Lynch

March 10, 2014

Thought about you so much this week-end at our Special Olympics bowling tournament. Missed your smiling face. But I am sure you were with us. Keep watch over us. We need your presence in our lives.

The Corbett Family

March 8, 2014

Christy,
We were so lucky to know you - you were a ray of sunshine in our lives. You will live on in our hearts and memories always. We love you forever.

Patricia Leclair

February 28, 2014

I have known Christy since she was my student at the Acushnet Elementary School. I have followed her success story, watching her develop into a wonderful young lady. She always greeted me and my daughter with a big smile and a hug. She never failed to ask me how the little one was. The little one is now 18. She was special in the very best ways! I will miss her as I'm sure many others will as well.

Scott Prenda

February 21, 2014

Christy was such a sweet young lady that I had the joy of working with at Shaw's. She became my "Buddy" and always had a high 5 waiting for me on the days that we worked together. Her smile & spirit will forever live on in the hearts & memories of the people that she touched. God Bless.
My condolences & prayers of sympathy to Christy's family.

Michelle lee sousa

February 17, 2014

hey Christy taber I well miss you very much it not same out of you not around use any more . when I haer that she die I breaking down crying so much for a while . when I go to work I start to crying so much . I loss a very good friend of my mine . god bbless you and your family . I know god well send angle down for your family and friend s too.1 I bein work on a good post of her what ske like to do ith group of her friends from sail and smcc and vfw dance !!!!
love always your good freidn michelle lee souse god bless you and your family Nand friend!!

Riley Hebert

February 15, 2014

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Sandra Belli (Vanasse)

February 13, 2014

I am so sorry for your loss.

Sharon Onofrey

February 11, 2014

She brought joy to everyone ,she will be missed but never forgotten. May she RIP...So sorry for for your loss ,God Bless you all .May God heal your pain xoxo

Riley Hebert

February 11, 2014

R.i.p christy taber I will miss you

Sheila Oliver

February 11, 2014

Fond memories of Christy, She will always be in our hearts and prayers, Our Mom Sheila thanks Christy for always being so nice to Mike and Tom..
The Oliver Family, Fairhaven Mass