Luella H. Tatem
Salisbury-Luella Hall Tatem, 93, died at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury, MD. Born in Hallwood, VA on January 28, 1921, she was the only daughter of the late Gordon Hall and Elizabeth Byrd Hall. Her mother died when she was only nine years old and her father ultimately married Lois Taylor, who became the best step mother ever.
Following graduation from Temperanceville High School, she attended Farmville State Teachers College, earning her B.S. degree and later obtaining her Masters Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.
She taught in the Virginia Public Schools in Accomack and Nansemond counties as well as the City of Lynchburg. In Maryland, she taught at Stephen Decatur and Pocomoke High School, where she taught English and Creative Writing, retiring after 32 years.
She was a member of Pitts Creek Presbyterian Church in Pocomoke City, MD, serving as a Deacon and a member of the Women's Association. In addition to involvement in church activities, she was a member of the Pocomoke Garden Club, the Worcester County Historical Society, the Worcester County Retired Teachers Association and the Temperanceville Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Her passions included her family, knitting, crocheting, sewing, flowers, playing bridge and collecting miniature shoes and being the best Mother God could have created.
She is survived by her son, John "Jack" W. Tatem, III, daughter-in-law, Brenda Tatem granddaughter Tarrah Tatem and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, William E. "Billy" Hall and she will be laid to rest beside her devoted husband of 47 years (John W. Tatem, Jr.) in the Pitts Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Holloway Funeral Home in Pocomoke City, at 11:00AM where family and friends will gather one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in the Pitts Creek Church Cemetery.
Since Luella loved flowers, they would be appreciated, but the family also suggests as an alternative, memorial donations can be made to the Pitts Creek Presbyterian Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 266, Pocomoke City, MD 21851 or Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802.
Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, P.A., 107 Vine Street, Pocomoke City, Maryland 21851. To send condolences to the family please visit www.hollowayfh.com