Rachel Trent Tabb

December 17, 1918March 15, 2017

Rachel "Raye" Trent Tabb died peacefully at age 98 at the home of her daughter, Ann. Rachel was born in Campbell County, Virginia on December 17, 1918, to Reverend David Gilliam and Edna Maddox Trent.

After graduating from Botetourt County High School, Raye earned her nursing license (RN) at Elizabeth Buxton Hospital Nursing Program (1940). Shortly after beginning her nursing career, she met the love of her life, John Tabb, and they were married in 1941. Raye and John moved to Richmond where he attended pharmacy school and during that time, she pursued one of her most fulfilling jobs by caring for the World War II veterans at McGuire Veterans Hospital. Subsequently, the family moved to Williamsburg where Raye dedicated her life to raising her two sons and triplet daughters. Raye re-entered the work force as a school nurse in York County Public Schools, retiring in 1981.

Raye has been a devoted member of Williamsburg UMC since 1951, serving as a Sunday school teacher, as a member of various committees, and as an active member of UMW. She was a past member of the Olive Casey Circle and current member of Jean Craig Circle. She was a lifetime member of the Fellowship Sunday School class. Raye's long and active life centered on family, friends, and her church. Her life of caring for others was rooted in her deep faith and belief that her purpose in life was to serve, not to be served.

Raye is preceded in death by her husband, John (1998), as well as her five brothers, Lawrence, Irvin, Thelbert (Tim), Eran (Ran), David Trent, and sister, Elizabeth Marshall.

She is survived by two sons, John M. Tabb, Jr. (Toni), of Moyock, NC, William Tabb (Vanessa Watson) of Kitty Hawk, NC, Ann Perkins (Harvey) of Yorktown, VA, Elizabeth Kitts of Lakewood, CO, and Peggy Tabb (Scott Richardson) of Williamsburg, VA. She is also survived by four grandsons, John M. Tabb III (Jessica), Christopher and Benjamin Perkins, and William Kitts. A great joy in Raye's later years was to meet her great-grandson, John Marshall Tabb, IV. Also preceding her in death was a dear companion, Lenny Legualt.

Memorials may be made to the Williamsburg United Methodist Church, 514 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, Va. 23185.

The family expresses heartfelt appreciation for the six years of loving care given by Rona, Jamie, Shelley, and Pat.

A celebration of Raye's life will take place Friday, March 24th, at 1:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of Williamsburg United Methodist Church. Friends and family are invited to a reception following the service in the fellowship hall. Private interment will follow in the Memorial Garden.

Arrangements by Nelsen Funeral Home, and condolences may be offered at


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Brenda Jacobson

March 26, 2017

Very sorry for your loss. I know you gave your mother the best life possible in her final years, as you lovingly cared for her in your home.

Karen Williams Laufer

March 26, 2017

My sympathy to you upon the passing of one great lady. Our family and yours were first acquainted through church in the 1950's. Peggy, Ann and Elizabeth, your births led to a closer association as my late Dad, Tom Williams, took many photos of the whole family. Your Mom let me push you ladies around in your triple stroller, when I was only 10, which I loved her for, and thought my own mother wouldn't have let me do! Your Mom's beautiful smile is one thing I remember. I was an only child, so it was always amazing to me when we'd visit the house at Queen's Lake to see her orchestrating lunch and playtime with such patience!
Your Mom and Dad were influential not only in your lives, but those of a lot of us kids through church. God bless.

March 25, 2017

I have wonderful memories of growing up with the Tabb girls. Birthday parties, sleepovers and rides to and from band events are among my happy recollections. Mrs Tabb was a model mother and her relationship with her girls was enviable. She was a classy lady whose devotion to her family was evident. To the Tabb family. ..Joe and I are so sorry for your loss. Please know that our prayers are with you. Anna and Joe Wenger

Lisa Bates

March 25, 2017

Peggy and family,
So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for comfort during this difficult time. Although I didn't know your Mom personally, I feel like I knew her a little bit through the wonderful stories that you would share with me. Keep telling each other the stories and she will never be far away from any of you-whenever she feels far away, just look to each other as their is always a little bit of Mom in all of you. God Bless.

Tammy Meekins

March 23, 2017

My condolences to you and your family Peggy during this difficult time and may the good times that you have shared with your mom bring joy to your heart and a smile to your face.

Don and Marycarol Jones

March 22, 2017

Our sincerest condolences to you and your family, Ann, for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

March 22, 2017

To Raye's Family: Throughout the many years that Raye served the students of Magruder School, in more ways than taking temperatures and applying bandages to skinned knees, she was a model of kindness and caring. She cared about the whole child as well as the teachers and staff.
She will be remembered for her compassion, her wisdom and her friendship.
You have my deepest sympathy as you mourn. Nancy Dutro