Obituary: Mattilee Verona Tatum, 1925-2015

Mattilee Verona Tatum, 89, passed away on Oct. 21, 2015 at Claridge House Nursing Facility in North Miami. 

Born Dec. 19, 1925 in Grand Cayman to William Hoyt and Ellie Elizabeth Chisholm Tatum, Mattie was reared on the island along with her four sisters, Eula, Grace, Nancy, and Maizie; and her two brothers, Fred and Ed. She and her sisters moved to Jamaica where Mattie worked as an executive secretary for the Jamaica Fruit Company. She and her sisters then moved to North Miami, Florida where they worked and became U.S. citizens. Her brothers Captain Fred Tatum and Ed Tatum, also U.S. citizens, were employed by Gulf Oil Corp.’s marine department. 

Mattie was a member of Central Church of the Nazarene and a true Christian. She loved her family and enjoyed life with her sisters in Cayman, Jamaica, and North Miami. She was an avid driver and was very proud of her secretarial career. Mattie’s cute personality and optimism, along with her overwhelming generosity made her a fun person to be around.  

For years she has missed her beloved mother and other family members. She lost her sister, Nancy, July 28, 2015. From then on, she expressed her desire to join her family in heaven, where she now has triumphantly arrived. 

She was an avid driver and was very proud of her secretarial career. Mattie’s personality and optimism, along with her overwhelming generosity made her a fun person to be around. She loved her family and enjoyed life with her sisters in Cayman, Jamaica, and North Miami. For years she has missed her beloved mother and other family members. She lost her sister, Nancy, on July 28, 2015. 

Mattie is survived by her nieces, Linda Briggs, Nancy Goolsby, and Libby Jannise of Texas. 

A Memorial Service for both Mattie and Nancy will be held at Wesleyan Holiness Church in North Side, Grand Cayman Thursday, Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wesleyan Holiness Church, North Side, Grand Cayman. 

Submitted by Linda Briggs 

Mattilee Verona Tatum

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