Tavah Jene Babcock
On Mother’s Day, May 9, 2021, Tavah Jene Babcock (40 years old) received a change of assignment, the kind you can’t refuse, from which she will not be returning. Her new assignment comes with a huge signing bonus: a reunion with family and friends that she has not seen in a long time. But also an intensification of her innate love and concern for others, an immediate relief from mortal pain, and an opportunity to continue to minister to her little family . . . from a different perspective. She is survived by her husband Brandon Babcock and their five children: Brandon Junior, Brooklynn, Chase, Aspynn, and her “little shadow”, Autumnn.
The name “Tavah” in Hebrew means “good.” It didn’t take long for Tavah to manifest her “goodness” in the form of a quality that quickly became the hallmark of her life and the legacy with which she blessed us all. That quality is love. Tavah is, and will continue to be, a window to Christ’s love. If you knew her, you received a feel for, and a potent peek at, her patient, enduring, smiling love.
Tavah was born in Monticello, Utah on May 22, 1980 as the second child to Dr. Jerry and Beverly Redd. Her six siblings have all experienced her love, her happiness, her compassion, her goofy laugh, followed by a little nose-snort sound. They received her special notes of encouragement, her haircuts, and her compassionate listening ear. Her singing talent, developed during the “Redd Alert” performing years, has soothed family, friends, and entertained thousands.
Shortly after she graduated from Mountain View High school and Von Curtis Hair Academy in 1998, she met Brandon Babcock. They were married in the Salt Lake City Temple on December 18, 1998. Each member of their family has been blessed individually by her unusual sensitivity to the needs of others. She knew how to pick the perfect complement or soothing statement to help heal painful experiences of family life. In addition to her love, devotion, and passion to family, that fortunate little Babcock “bunch” experienced her fun, her goofiness, as well as her sweet, real, authentic, and genuine ability to make each member of her family feel special.
Tavah’s goodness and love were not limited to immediate and extended family. You just can’t hide that kind of light. Her charm, her beauty, her magnetic personality, and her compassion influenced everyone she met. Tavah had her “Grandma Nan’s” kind-hearted nature. She was a friend to the friendless and the disadvantaged. She graced everyone with her beautiful, contagious, heart-warming smile. She had a special gift of knowing how to include and love those around her, regardless of their circumstances. She tried to be understanding of all. She was patient in adversity. She was careful in keeping covenants. She relished relationships (both vertical and horizonal). Does anything matter more?
This change in her assignment will leave an empty chair in her family, neighborhood, and community that will never be replaced . . . by anybody! It is simply not possible. But perhaps, we could each take her legacy of love and attempt to replicate it, as best we can, to benefit those around us, as she as she has so magnificently done for us? Could this other-centered focus on life, simultaneously provide solace for our sorrows, freedom from our grief, and a little more meaning in our own life?
The family would like to invite ALL of you to join us in Tavah Jene Babcock’s “Celebration of Life” services, this Saturday, May 15th 2021.
Viewing: 11:30 AM
Funeral: 12:30 PM
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
22424 S. Meridian Rd.
Queen Creek, AZ 85142.
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Topic: Tavah Babcock’s Viewing and Service
Time: May 15, 2021 11:30 AM Arizona
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