Sherman County eNews #322

CONTENT

  1. Sherman School Basketball Schedule Update

  2. Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting, Dec. 12

  3. William Arthur Tatum 1954-2016

  4. Death Notice: Wallace Pourron May

  5. Death Notice: Lester Beaman Jr.

  6. The Stress of Gift-Giving


1. Sherman School Basketball Schedule Update

  • The MS game vs South Wasco County scheduled for Thursday at Maupin has been cancelled.
  • We have added a Riverdale Holiday Tournament for our HS Varsity Girls starting on Dec. 28th in Portland; bus departs at 3:00.

2. Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting, Dec. 12

The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Regular Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 12, 2016. This meeting will include an Executive Session pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(f) to consider records exempt by law from public inspection. This meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman County School/Public Library.

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3. William Arthur Tatum 1954-2016

flower.rose.starWilliam Arthur “Bill” Tatum, loving husband, father and grandfather and a friend to everyone he met, died Friday, December 2 in Bend. He was 62.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 31 at 11 a.m. at Grass Valley Baptist Church in Grass Valley, Oregon.

Bill was born February 17, 1954, in The Dalles to Robert and Geraldine Tatum and was raised on his family’s farm at Kent. He was the youngest of three children with a brother, Jim, and sister, Bonnie.

He graduated from Sherman High School in Moro, Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton and Oregon State University in Corvallis before returning to the Kent homestead where he farmed the land for 38 years until his death.

In 1981 he married Laurie Leff, from Moro, the love of his life, longtime educator and farming partner. Together they raised a son, Ryan, and daughter, Marci, who grew up farming alongside their parents. One of Bill’s greatest joys was watching his children play youth and high school sports.

Bill loved living in Sherman County and the close friends he had there, but he knew his eternal home was in Heaven and shared his life, laughter and faith with everyone he met. Grocery store clerks, mechanics, strangers in line at the movie theater and anyone else who found themselves in Bill’s company for even a short time were drawn into conversation with him. He kept no secrets and didn’t believe others should, either, but instead cultivated inside jokes and shared experiences. He spoke plainly, shared generously and lived humbly.

Bill was a deacon and worship leader at Kent Baptist Church but his ministry stretched much wider and his love for Jesus Christ was evident in his life.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert, and brother, Jim. He is survived by his mother Geraldine, of The Dalles; wife Laurie, of Kent; sister and brother-in-law Bonnie and Bill Shupe, of The Dalles; son and daughter-in-law Ryan and Jessica Tatum, and their children Mackenzie, Kyle, Brevan, Elena, Amelia, William and Tia, of Caldwell, Idaho; and daughter and son-in-law Marci and Daniel Wattenburger, and their children Anna and Nolan, of Hermiston. He also dearly loved his nieces and nephews Kim, Serena, Shannon, Heather, Jesse and Devan.


4. Death Notice: Wallace Pourron May

flower.rose.starWallace Pourron May, age 83, a resident of The Dalles, Ore., died Nov. 24, 2016 at a local care center. Arrangements are under the direction of Spencer, Libby & Powell Funeral Home, The Dalles.

 


5. Death Notice: Lester Beaman Jr.

flower.rose.starLester Plen Beaman Jr., a resident of Wasco, Ore., died Dec. 5, 2016, at his home. Arrangements are under the direction of Spencer, Libby & Powell Funeral Home, The Dalles. 

 


6. The Stress of Gift-Giving

One of the biggest anxiety-producing events of any holiday season is Shopping For Gifts. “What am I going get…?”  “How am I going find…?” “The store is only open when?!?!” and the ever popular, “What if they already have…?” All of this is in search of the impossible – the “perfect” gift.

We all hear (or say), “I don’t have enough money,” or “There just isn’t enough time,” even with the power of internet ordering, you still get, “It won’t get here in time.” And then there is the ever-popular, “What if…” usually ending in “…it’s not good enough?”

People put tremendous pressure on themselves, agonizing over “the gift list.” Little kids are easy, because a lot of them have their “Dear Santa” letters ready in October. And have you noticed that, by and large, little children don’t agonize over what to give Mom and Dad. They know what they want to give, and as parents, we know that our hearts have melted over the precious hand-print in clay, the glittered candles, the macaroni necklace, or the handmade card that says, “I Love You, Mommy and Daddy.”

Perhaps it is time to remind ourselves of our “littler” selves. Put aside the expectations and the stress, and remember that it is the time devoted, the intentions and the love involved that make any gift truly special. When all is said and done, it won’t be the gift that is remembered. It will be those moments of true connection with loved ones that live in our hearts and minds forever. ~ The Pacific Institute


 

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