Elberta Cole Tatum

October 15, 1923July 17, 2018

Elberta Cole Tatum was born on October 15, 1923 in Los Angeles, California and passed away on July 17, 2018 in Surprise, Arizona.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 21, 2018

Elberta Cole Tatum

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John Tatum

July 28, 2018

She is mamma to me and Bert to Rebecca.
Hip, cool and with it til the end.
Your imprint is strong and will remain.
You are loved completely and you will be missed absolutely.

Dottie Brooks

July 26, 2018

Bert was family to us. She was in the Schauberger family’s life for 50 years. She and Bob were among my parent’s best friends. They vacationed together, shared some holidays and special life events. She always made me feel welcome and cared for. Our family loved her and will miss her presence in our lives.

Barbara Tatum

July 26, 2018

We laid mom to rest on July 21st. It was a wonderful service attended by many who loved her. Our thanks to Dottie Brooks for directing the service and providing the eulogy. Many who loved mom could not attend . For all in attendance and those who were not I am providing a picture of her memory table. We placed all her favorite games on the table, scrabble with the 7 letter word Elberta, a domino, a winning hand of bridge, and perhaps her very favorite a teed up golf ball. All of these also went in her casket to keep her amused wherever she may be.

Mary Vraney

July 21, 2018

Elberta and I played Bridge on Tuesdays. She was an excellent player and delightful to talk to since there was some time to socialize before getting down to serious playing at Beardsley Bridge Club.

I enjoyed her relaxed accepting take on life. She was a good role model for younger people learning to live with aging and all that that brings.

Nothing phony about Eberta. I will miss her genuine heart.