Terrie Dean values the art of good conversation. One of her favorite holiday pastimes is gathering around the kitchen table with relatives and simply talking for hours on end.
All I want for Christmas is normal.
Mrs. Ann Haldeman Tatem, 85, died Friday evening, Feb. 8, 2013, at her residence at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community.
A daughter of the late the Rev. Thomas J. and Sylvia Alice Jennings Haldeman, she was born on Sept. 4, 1927, in Denver, Colo.
She received her education from Wheelock College in Boston, Mass., and Teacher’s College at Columbia University in New York City, and was an early childhood educator.
On July 14, 1953, she married the Rev. Francis Clelland Tatem Jr., who preceded her in death on July 6, 2012.
She is survived by her children, Hilary Hepper and husband, Raymond, of Longmeadow, Mass.; Hannah Mismar and husband, Mohammad, of Amman, Jordan; Thomas Tatem and wife, Anne, of Kensington, Md.; Thaddeus Tatem of Bethesda, Md.; and Cecilia Small and husband, W. David, of Maynard, Mass.; 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She and her husband volunteered at several hospitals and they were master gardeners in Montgomery County, Va. She was a member of the Daughters of the King.
She and her husband were lifetime members of the Episcopal Church and for the last several years worshipped at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Harrisonburg, Va.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on March 2, 2013, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Harrisonburg, Va. The interment and Compline will follow at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Christiansburg, Va., at 5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Thomas Episcopal Church Garden and Columbarium Ministry in Christiansburg, Va.
The Lindsey Harrisonburg Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.lindseyharrisonburg.com .