Aug. 31, 1904--Jan. 29, 2006
STRATTON -- Helen Beatrice (Tatum) Lorance died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006, at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman at the age of 101.
She was born Aug. 31, 1904, at Waverly to Joseph Earl and Lena Leota (Hughes) Tatum, and attended school in Waverly before moving with her family, at the age of 14, to her family's farm south of Madrid.
After a short time, Helen moved with her family to a farm south of Wauneta. It was near here, at a local barn dance, that she met her future husband, Willis Lorance. They were united in marriage on Aug. 18, 1926, and to this union that would last more than 63 years, a daughter, Norma, was born.
Helen and Willis lived on their farm 10 miles northwest of Stratton all of their married lives. Being a homemaker and a farm wife was something Helen was very proud of. She was an excellent cook and especially enjoyed baking pies, including her specialty, green tomato pie.
When Helen wasn't busy helping with farm chores or raising her daughter, she and Willis could often be found at square dances and folk dances throughout the area. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Stratton.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Joseph and Lena Tatum; her loving husband, Willis; brother, Harry Tatum; sisters, Wilma Romie and husband, Chester and Lillian Waldron and husband, Leslie.
Survivors include her daughter, Norma Thomas and husband, Robert of Stratton; two grandchildren, Rita Crose of Loveland, Colo., and Mike Brown of North Platte; great-grandchildren, Barret Brown of Omaha and Blake Brown of North Platte; step-great-grandchildren, Trevor Larsen and wife, Jennifer of Omaha, Tiffany O'Day and husband, Terry of Santa Monica, Calif., Tara Layman and husband, John of Centerville, Va., and Tammy Larsen of Santa Monica; two great-great grandchildren, Emma Layman and Teagan O'Day.; sister-in-law, Ruby Tatum of Julesburg, Colo.; and numerous other relatives, friends and neighbors.
Funeral service will be Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006, at 11 a.m. (CST) at Community United Methodist Church in Stratton with Rev. Brian Fong officiating. Interment will follow services at Rose Hill Cemetery near Stratton.
There will be no visitation. The casket will be open at the church.
Memorials may be given in her name.
Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Stratton. Condolences may be left for the family at www.forch.com.