Wynna Faye Tapp-Elbert, Oct. 25 1944 — Feb. 9, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 | 10:50 p.m. CST; updated 3:01 p.m. CST, Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wynna Faye Tapp-Elbert, 69, of Columbia, passed away Sunday, February 9, 2014, at University Hospital and Clinics. She was born October 25, 1944, in Columbia, Missouri, the daughter of Savannah Tapp and Ernestine Williams Tapp who preceded her in death.

Wynna Faye was a 1962 graduate of Douglass High School in Columbia and She attended Stephens College and University of Kansas and later earned her Master’s Degree in Community Development at the University of Missouri.

Wynna Faye was an activist, organizer, and an advocate. She was a woman of faith and it was her faith that led her to organize sit-ins, mediate disputes, provide meals for others, and speak out against injustice. She cared deeply about her neighborhood and all those who lived in Columbia. She worked about 30 years for the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department. She was a proud member and radio host at KOPN for over twenty years. She was a member of St. Paul AME Church. She belonged to the Order of the Eastern Star, Amos Johnson, Chapter 30 where she served as the Worthy Matron. She was the mother of six children, a foster mother to many and an important “second Mom” to thousands of children who grew up in her neighborhood.

Wynna Faye is survived by her children: Larry Tapp; Debra (Mark) Tapp-Williams Kevin Elbert; Robin Tapp; George West; her siblings: Cheryl (Tommy) Bell; Howard Tapp; Alma Tapp; Melva VanBuren; Marvin (Katrina) Tapp; Freda Tapp; Teresa Lankford; Maurice (Joann) Tapp; Gary Tapp; Jackie (Jonas) Cody; one aunt: Jeanette Hardiman; one great aunt: Mildred Brooks; and a host of grandchildren; great grandchildren; relatives and friends.

Wynna Faye was preceded in death by her parents and one son: Dwayne Tapp.

Friends will be received from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 2014, at The Missouri United Methodist Church. Funeral Services will be conducted 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 15, 2014 at The Missouri United Methodist Church, with Reverend Mary L. Hull-Lovett officiating. Following the service a repast will be held at Douglass School. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Kidney Foundation or the American Heart Association.

Arrangements are under the direction of Millard Family Funeral Home, 12 East Ash Street; Columbia, MO 65203. (573) 442-7112. Condolences may be left for the family online at

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