Iowa Falls High School

Class of 1969

Virgina Henning Tatum


published on November 26, 2006   Des Moines Register

New Providence

Virginia Tatum, 87, of New Providence, IA, died November 22, 2006 in her home. Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Tatum and one daughter, Lori Tatum Grim. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 26, 2006, at the Honey Creek New Providence Friends Church in New Providence, IA. Visitation with the family will be immediately following graveside services in the fellowship hall at the Honey Creek New Providence Friends Church in New Providence, Iowa.

Virginia was born April 29, 1918, daughter of Burl and Maureen (Kegrice) Henning of Scranton, IA. She was the oldest of six children. She graduated from Scranton High School in 1926 and received her B.S. in Home Economics from William Penn College in 1940.

Virginia taught home economics and physical education at her first teaching assignment in Russell, Iowa. She met Lawrence through the Young Friends at Ackworth and both attended William Penn College. Virginia and Lawrence were married in 1941 and moved to Quakerdale Farm in New Providence, IA. They had celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary prior to Lawrence's death in 2004. Virginia was a 4-H leader for 10 years, served as the church's nursery teacher and Sunday School Superintendent for many years. Virginia resumed teaching home economics in 1964 at Owasa High School, Owasa, IA. In 1967, she began an 18 year commitment to young people receiving special education at Iowa Falls High School in Iowa Falls, IA. One month after her retirement in 1986, Virginia and Lawrence took a trip of a lifetime to visit their niece, Pam White, for a month in Columbia, South America.

Survivors include her three daughters, Judy Davis of Des Moines, IA, Nancy Stevens (George) of LeRoy, Illinois, Debra Moyer (Mike) of Oskaloosa, IA.; one son-in-law, Michael Grim (Lori Tatum Grim, deceased) of Eddyville, IA; eleven grandchildren: Tim Davis, Ben Davis, Billy D. Davis, Michael Davis, Dee Anne McCarthy, Robin Bishop, Melissa Junge, Jeff Stevens, James Stevens, Megan Hogar and Tatum Moyer; fourteen great-grandchildren: Austin, Drake, Aidan, Sophia, Ella, Isabel, and Xavier Davis; Audia McCarthy; Marissa Barry; Kirstin Newby; Madison Stevens; Logan and Taylor Hogar; Kellen Bishop and many nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, Burl and Maureen Henning and one sister, Ruth Cook of New Providence, IA. Surviving siblings include B.J. Henning of Lake City, MN, Joyce Herron of Dallas, Texas, Vance Henning of Scranton, IA and Homer Henning of Rockford, IL.

Memorials may be made to the Honey Creek New Providence Church for kitchen improvements.

Services entrusted to the Creps-Able Funeral Home in Eldora, Iowa