Julie Tidd


May 14, 2012 - 12:00 AM


Julie Dawn (Tarum) Tidd, 50, Iola, died Sunday, May 13, 2012, at her home.

Julie was born June 16, 1961, in McPherson, the daughter of Melvin I. and Eunice E. (Bentson) Tarum. She was active in her growing-up years with church activities, where she sang in the junior choir, 4-H, where she studied sewing, foods and knitting, and high school, where she played the flute in the school band, played in the Wichita Youth Orchestra, played volleyball and was involved in journalism and yearbook. After graduation from McPherson High School in 1979, she moved to Wichita to study music education at Wichita State University.

Upon graduation with her bachelor’s degree in music education in 1984, she moved to Iola to be band instructor for Iola schools. She met David Tidd and they were married on June 13, 1987, at Trinity Lutheran Church in McPherson. Julie taught for seven years before she started her family.

Her musical activities included playing in the Iola Area Symphony Orchestra for 28 years, directing or playing in the Iola Municipal Band for 25 years, Iola Music Club, pit orchestra for Iola Community Theatre productions, and adjunct music faculty at Allen Community College. She also served as a substitute teacher for USD 257 in Iola, and belonged to Chapter L, P.E.O. in Iola.

Survivors include her husband; six children, Joshua, Joel, Jason, Jonathan, Jennifer and Jessica; her parents, Melvin and Eunice Tarum, McPherson; brother Daniel Tarum and a sister Nancy Woodruff and husband David, all of Wichita, and their children, Brandon, Kristin and Ryan; mother-in-law Ina M. Day and husband Jack, Iola; father-in-law Frank Tidd, brother-in-law Darin Tidd and wife Kristi, all of Neosho Falls, and their children Tyler, Caleb, Darian and Danielle; and sister-in-law Phyllis DeVoe and husband Chad, Chanute, and their children Matthew and Cheyenne.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Atle and Jennie (Hanson) Tarum and Frank and Eva (Burk) Bentson.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Iola’s First Christian Church. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at First Christian Church. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery. Memorials may be left at Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapels for Chapter L, P.E.O., Iola Area Symphony Orchestra, Iola Municipal Band or Berean Bible Society. Online condolences may be left at www.iolafuneral.com.


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