Tree dedication ceremony in honor of Shawna Tatman

Published: Jun. 30, 2020 at 6:42 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - A North Platte woman was honored for her 37 years of service to the North Platte Senior Center.

Shawna Tatman was the executive director for the Senior Center for fifteen years. She died unexpectedly in February 2018. Family and friends gathered Tuesday afternoon for a tree dedication ceremony at the Senior Center to plant a Crimson King Maple in Tatman’s honor.

Mayor Dwight Livingston also proclaimed June 30th as ‘Shawna Tatman Day.'

“Before she had passed, we had talked about different renovations to the Senior Center,” said North Platte Area Ready to Serve Volunteer Program Executive Director Dana Songster. “We talked about developing this space out here just kind of as an entertainment space for the seniors to come here and enjoy. We have the horseshoe pits and we talked about a gazebo or a stage or something that we could use the space. So just having these trees be here is a nice addition.”

This is the second tree that’s been dedicated at the center in less than a week.

“I think my mom always had a knack and a nature for caring for other people, whether it’d be kids or caring for the elderly, she just really loved taking care of everybody,” said Tatma’s oldest daughter Misty Tatman. “She really enjoyed her job and working with all of the people that are over here all of the time. We grew up here and enjoyed it as well.”

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