Lenore "Sis" Oldham (1923 - 2014)

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Lenore "Sis" Oldham

Nashville, TN

Lenore "Sis" Huebner Oldham passed peacefully from this life at home surrounded by family and caregivers on March 6, 2014 at age 91.

Sis was the true matriarch of her family, having raised five boys while being married for 61 years to Dortch, who preceded her in death.

Born on January 27, 1923 in Springdale, PA, just outside of Pittsburgh, Sis was one of the few women of her time to graduate from college, earning an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Pittsburgh in the mid 1940's. While working as a research assistant in a lab in the Pittsburgh area, she agreed to marry Dortch, whom she had met years earlier when he was selling books door to door for the Southwestern Co. and knocked on the door of Sis's aunt. He was enthralled with her beauty and finally convinced her to marry him and move to Nashville in the late 1940's.

Sis never looked back after moving here, as she quickly became acclimated to life in the South, and was proud to call Nashville her home. While Dortch traveled the country building his Southwestern business, Sis held the family together and worked tirelessly to build their life in the community. She was involved with many endeavors outside the home, with particular interest at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Martha O'Bryan Center and the Centennial Club. She wholeheartedly supported Dortch in many other organizations to which they both contributed time and resources.

She was a strong woman who was also compassionate, caring, loving and humorous. Sis was not afraid to vote for someone other than Dortch's candidate, and she had a firm hand in whatever familial discipline was meted out over the years. She was never one to complain about pain or discomfort, and was a role model to her family as she dealt with health issues in her later years.

Sis is the last sibling of her own family to survive, having outlived her three brothers, Bernard, Bud and John Huebner. It's comforting to know that they are all reunited along with Dortch and other loved ones.

Sis is survived by her five sons, Dortch (Carol), Greg (Anne Taliaferro), Peter (Kim), Danny (Laurie) and Mark (Sharon); and by grandchildren Andrea (Brett) Mohr, Drew (Kristen) Oldham, Skye Birmingham, Daniel (Natalie) Riley, Ben Oldham, Sam Oldham, Allison Oldham, Hall Felker, Liz Felker, Lane Felker, Will Oldham, Houston Oldham and Rachel Oldham. She is also survived by 4 great grandchildren, Carter Mohr, Etta Riley, Asha Mohr and Aiden Aldridge.

The family would like to thank Sis's caregivers, who gave of themselves tirelessly in the last years of her life and in particular during the last few weeks: Jamie Bozeman, Sequeena Rogers, Akiela Burns, Latisha Rice, Cionna Hereford Starks and Gloria Bozeman. The family gives its highest recommendations to these ladies and encourages you to contact one of us if someone in your family needs care.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014 from ten-thirty in the morning to twelve-thirty in the afternoon at Westminster Presbyterian Church. The family will have a private Memorial service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church (3900 West End Avenue, 37205) or the .


Published in The Tennessean on Mar. 9, 2014