Cecilia Anne Hey-Tatum

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Cecilia Anne Hey-Tatum, 77, of La Junta, Colorado, passed away on Thursday, April 12, 2018, after a brief illness. She was born March 5, 1941, in Monte Vista, Colorado, and was the seventh of eight children born to Edward and Helen (LaReau) Hey.

In 1946, the Hey family moved back to Vilas, Colorado, to continue farming and ranching. In 1952, the family moved to Oklahoma, where Cecilia attended school in Sallisaw and later in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Around 1954, the family again relocated to Cassville, Missouri, where Cecilia attended and graduated Cassville High School in1959.

Cecilia married Jerry G. Tatum of Butterfield, Missouri. They had two sons, Jerry Scott Tatum of Cassville and Paul Vincent Tatum of Swink, Colorado.

In 1969, Cecilia and her family moved to Lamar, Colorado. Through the years, she worked at many jobs including: Aspen Ski Wear, Diamond Shamrock, Heritage Cable, Clothes Closet Dress Shop, KLMR Radio, City of Lamar and eventually retired as a manager for A.L. Duckwalls. Upon retirement, she moved to La Junta to be closer to her grandchildren. She was a tribal member of the Citizen Potawatomi Indian Nation of Oklahoma and was proud of her Indian heritage.

Cecilia was preceded in death by ex-husband Jerry G. Tatum, her parents Ed and Helen Hey, siblings Peter Louis “Pete” Hey; Edward Thomas “Tom” Hey; Kay Frances (Hey) Konkel (Graduate of Cassville High School). She is survived by her sons, four grandchildren, Vanessa Tatum, James Tatum, Sarah Tatum, Lindsey Tatum and 4 great grandchildren. Surviving siblings include Lela Acre and family of Walsh, Colorado, Grace Doyle and family of Lamar, Colorado, Nell Cottrell and Family of Canon City, Colorado, the family of the late Kay Konkel of Vilas, Colorado, Penny Bishop and family of Morrison, Colorado, and Cherri Hey and family of Muskogee, Oklahoma.

She was known affectionately by several nicknames: Cede, Celia, C.C. and sister. Her sense of humor and smile will be missed. It was Cecilia’s wish that private services be held. She rests peacefully in the arms of her Lord and Savior at the Cemetery in Walsh, Colorado.