Ellen Yates Tanner
Ellen Yates Tanner passed away July 4 in Temple. She was the daughter of Dr. Kyle Monroe Yates, Sr. and Margaret Yates. She graduated with a BA degree from Baylor University in 1952. After teaching first grade in the early years of her marriage, she devoted her time to her family and to supporting her husband, the late Dr. William G. Tanner, Sr., as a pastor’s wife. She moved into the role of a college First Lady when Bill became the 16th president of Mary Hardin-Baylor College in 1968 and continued serving in that role at Oklahoma Baptist University from 1971 through 1976. When Bill became executive director of the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and, later, of the Oklahoma Baptist Convention, she took on leadership roles with ministers’ wives and the WMU. She was a member of the Executive Committee for the Southern Baptist Convention and chaired the Prayer Vigil for Ministers’ Wives for the Southern Baptist Convention. She and Bill moved back to Central Texas in 2004 and became active members of First Baptist Church of Belton, where she directed the Prayer Ministry until the time of her death.