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Eva L. Tatman


Eva Louise (Ricketts) Tatman, 94, of South Perry, passed away on April 30, 2017, at Arcadia Acres Nursing Home.

She was born on Jan. 29, 1923, in Hocking County, the daughter of Benjamin Harrison and Nada (Lyons) Ricketts.

Eva was a 1941 graduate of Laurelville High School, a member of South Perry United Methodist Church, South Perry UMC Women’s Group, Senior Centers at Laurelville and Circleville, Laurel Valley Grange, bowling league at Circleville and authored “The History of South Perry” book for the Hocking County Historical Society.

She had worked at restaurants in Laurelville, the shoe factory in Lancaster and retired from the State of Ohio Parks System, having worked at Old Man’s Cave.

She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.

In January, she celebrated her 94th birthday with family and friends and two sets of five generations present.

Eva is survived by two sons, Jerry R. (Linda) Tatman of Logan and John R. (Barb) Tatman of Indianapolis, Indiana; daughter, Renee L. Lewis of South Perry; seven grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; two great-grandsons; a brother, Frank Ricketts of Mississippi; a brother-in-law, Larry Archer of Michigan; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Paul, in 1983; infant son, Ronald William; infant granddaughter, Kendra Jo; sisters, Mary McNeal and Betty Archer; and brothers, John Melvin, Ezra Lincoln, Harry (Whitney), Robert and Don Ricketts.

Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 4, 2017, with viewing one hour before the service at South Perry United Methodist Church with Pastor Beverly Stahr officiating. Burial will follow the service at Olive Cemetery, South Perry. Friends and family may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at Wellman Funeral Home, Laurelville.

Memorial contributions may be given to South Perry UMC Youth; Gideons International; or Hospice of Central Ohio, P.O. Box 430, Newark, OH 43058.

Online condolences may be made to www.wellmanfuneralhomes.com.

This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal