Mary Armstrong Tatum

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CONROE, Mary Armstrong Tatum age 96. Educator, homemaker, wife and mother born December 5, 1918 in Verbena, AL, died on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 in Conroe, TX surrounded by her loving family. To the end she retained the delightful qualities that endeared her to all who knew her. Mary's playful sense of humor and gentle and compassionate nature resounded to all who had the pleasure of being in her presence. She is preceded in death by her parents, Grover Cleveland Armstrong and Dora Wyatt Armstrong, her brother Harvey M. Armstrong, and sisters Elizabeth Bates, Jewel Ellis, Ruby Gore, and Kathleen Kelly, and her loving husband of 68 years, John (Dusty) A. Tatum, Sr. She is survived by a grateful family including son, John A. Tatum, Jr. and his wife Becky, granddaughters Angie Coumbe and her husband Jeff, Katheryn Roberts, and their mother Kay. She is also survived by her great-grandson Seth Coumbe and great-granddaughters, Kayla and Rylee Roberts and Tatum Coumbe, as well as Becky's children Clay Burton and Cassie Ford, and her children Caroline and Alice, and Mary's only remaining sister Betty Rogers and numerous nieces and nephews in Birmingham, AL.

Mary earned her Bachelor's degree from Livingston State Teacher's College and Master's Degree from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. After teaching for over a decade, Mary served as Principal of Westlawn Elementary School in Mobile, AL until her retirement. Mary and Dusty moved to Conroe in 1981 to be close to their son and his family. For the last 35 years, Mary has been an active member of the Senior Adult Co-Ed class of First Baptist Church, Conroe. She volunteered at Conroe Regional Medical Center for 15 years, where she served as President of the Volunteer Auxiliary.

Her greatest loves were time with family and friends, summers camping in Colorado with Dusty, and playing the piano, which she did until a few days before her death. Mary's love of life and sharp wit will be greatly missed.

Mary's family wishes to express their gratitude to her loving caregivers.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Youth Ministry of First Baptist Church of Conroe.

Honorary pallbearers are E.A. Rigdon, Ken Williams. Pallbearers are Jeff Coumbe, Jamie Coumbe, Dan Altom, Clay Burton, John Martin, and Steve McClain.

Visitation will be: Thursday, January 22 from 5 - 7pm at Metcalf Funeral Directors, 1801 East White Oak Terrace, Conroe, TX 77304.

Funeral service and reception: Friday, January 23 at 10:30, also at Metcalf Funeral Directors with the graveside service to be held at 1:00pm at Garden Park Cemetery.


Published on from Jan. 21 to Feb. 3, 2015
Arrangements under the direction of:
Metcalf Funeral Directors
1801 East White Oak Terrace | Conroe, TX 77304 | (936) 756-3311
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