"Daffy" Tabor, you will be missed!

On November 4, 2011, Daffy Tabor took up residence in heaven to lead the angels in song.  She celebrated her 79th birthday at the Hospice House in Odessa among friends and family.  Daffy was born on November 4, 1932 in Eden, Texas to Frankie Lee Heairren and Charles Edwin Tabor. Ed passed away when Daffy was about four years old, and Frankie Lee then remarried Orbie Lee Heairren. Daffy attended Midland High School and graduated from Baylor University in 1955 with a BA in Sociology and a minor in Education.  While at Baylor University on scholarship, Daffy received the honor of Most Representative Girl.

After graduating from Baylor, Daffy applied to and was selected as Midland's Ambassador to the Experiment in International Living program.  Daffy spent a summer living in Turkey and returned to the area to share her experiences with local youth.  After teaching third grade for a year in Midland, Daffy began working for Permian Basin Girl Scouts as the District Director.  Daffy's work with the Girl Scouts began a life full of service and leadership.  During her years with Permian Basin Girl Scouts, she directed numerous programs, trained troop leaders and Girl Scouts, and directed the summer programs at Mitre Peak Girl Scout Camp outside of Ft. Davis, Texas. 

While Daffy was serving as Camp Director, Girl Scout National Headquarters (GSUSA) selected Mitre Peak to produce a film introducing the Cadet level of scouting. The GSUSA Program Director was so impressed with Daffy's efforts that she asked her to fly to New York for an interview.  Daffy was immediately hired as a Camping Specialist in the Program Department at GSUSA.  She moved to New York City and after her stint as a Program Director, she was recruited by the administration to lead the Pied Piper Project at national headquarters.  In this post, Daffy traveled all over the United States performing alongside Debbie Reynolds (the celebrity spokesperson for the Girl Scouts' and the Piper Project) at rallies, workshops, and major events (1963-1970).


In 1973, Daffy moved to Scottsdale, Arizona to enter private business.  After a short stint in the corporate world, Daffy returned to her true calling - Girl Scouting - when she went to work for the Cactus-Pine Girl Scout Council as Community Relations Director handling all marketing and publishing (1973-1979).  When the council reorganized, Daffy relocated to Phoenix where she once again found her niche working with kids.  There, Daffy instituted an informal outreach program with the neighborhood children.  The Phoenix newspaper dubbed this service to youth as "The Porch Kids."  Daffy also worked for the Arizona Museum of History where her impact on children was further extended through her traveling trunk shows which provided engaging, hands-on learning experiences.

Family bonds were important to Daffy.  She had a very close relationship with her sisters LaMoyne Bass (deceased), Agatha Culpepper, and VonDean Lawson.  In 2001, Daffy moved to Andrews, Texas to be closer to her sisters.  Daffy has touched so many lives and has been a powerful influence on young people across the nation, including her nieces and nephews: Vance & Margo Milleret-Bass, Michael "Cullie" & Robyn Culpepper, Gregg & Donna Bass, Gloria & Tom LeBleu, Scott & Kim Bass, Jennifer & Phillip Coleman, Reed Bass, Sandy Culpepper, Linda & Brad Avery, 18 great nieces and nephews, and 10 great-great nieces and nephews.

Daffy, we thank you for all that you accomplished and the love and wisdom you shared with us during your time. Rest in peace.