Jeanette Joyce Tatum, 81, passed away Nov. 12 in Moriarty. She was born on April 9, 1936, in Newton, Kans., to the late Clifford and Helen (Powell) Decker. She lived in New Mexico for nearly 60 years and was a member of the East Mountain Assembly of God in Moriarty. Jeanette was also preceded in death by her husband, James Tatum and son, Troy Eugene Woffenden. She is survived by her sons, Richard Tatum and wife Jennifer of Norton Shores, Mich., and Jim Tyrell Sr., and sisters Delores Matthews and Donna Decker; eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. No services are scheduled at this time per the family’s wishes.
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