Dorothy Tatum, 98

Dorothy Tatum, 98, formerly of Wabash, died at 10:10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Manor Care of Carrollwood, Tampa, Fla.  She was born Aug. 13, 1915 in Vigo County, Ind. to Joseph and Lennie (Hunt) Thomas.

Dorothy was a 1933 graduate of Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, Minn. and received her B.S. degree in Physical Education from Indiana University in 1937.  She married John R. Tatum in Bloomington, on June 28, 1937; he died Sept. 21, 1981.  She taught girls P.E. at Wabash Junior High School and 5th Grade one year at Miami Elementary School in the 1950's and 60's, and was also a clerk at Gackenheimer Pharmacy in downtown Wabash.  She was a member of the Wabash Christian Church over 50 years, a life member of the Phi Mu sorority, a charter member of the Wabash Hobby Club, and a former member of the Wabash Order of the Eastern Star.  Dorothy was a great cook who made a hobby of collecting and learning new recipes.  She was a physical fitness enthusiast, who loved nature and being outdoors.  She also enjoyed watching football, Indiana University basketball, and playing cards.  Dorothy was devoted to her family and friends. 

She is survived by her daughter, Sue (Tony) Wright, Angola;  two grandchildren, Mary Wright, Angola, and John (Jody) Linton, Shelbyville;  two great-grandsons, Mark Linton and Andrew Sean Linton, both of Shelbyville; and her  son-in-law, Null Digenova, St. Petersburg, Fla.  She was preceded in death by her husband, John, one daughter, Karen Digenova, and her grandson, Fred Digenova.

Graveside services and burial will be at Falls Cemetery on Friday, Sept. 27, at 3:30 p.m. with David Phillips officiating. Arrangements by Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash

Preferred memorial is the Animal Shelter of Wabash County.

The memorial guest book for Dorothy may be signed at

Posted on 2013 Sep 25