Tamara Lynn Gardner passed unexpectedly Tuesday, January 19, 2021 due to a tragic fall. She will be missed immeasurably by many.
On July 29, 1966, the world was blessed with Tammy Gardner, a woman who embraced each moment fully and never took anything for granted. Tammy always was an honest, loving person. From her compassion towards animals to her deep love for family and friends, Tammy’s kindness and bright spirit will long warm the lives of those who were blessed to spend time with her.
Tammy’s parents, Tom and Carol Gardner, were from Fox Lake, Illinois. Her formative years were spent in Richland, Michigan with her mother, Carol, stepfather, George Beecher, and three siblings, Tracey, Dave and Rosemary. A graduate of Gull Lake schools, Tammy always excelled in her studies. In addition to being a great student, Tammy played trumpet in band, and enjoyed outdoor activities year-round at their aunt’s house on Gull Lake.
In 1988, Tammy earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and 27 years later in 2015, she earned her Master of Science degree for early childhood education. In 1990, she married Farnood Farmand. She had her own childcare business at home while raising two daughters, Sylvia and Sarah.
Her children were her number one priority. She sacrificed many things in life without hesitating in order to give her children the very best opportunities in life. There was not a single band, piano, or violin concert she missed. Any event that involved her children she was present for, no questions asked. She made sure Sylvia and Sarah always had a No. 1 advocate, a shoulder to cry on, and a nurturing mom in their lives. She led her daughters by her shining example of utmost patience, kindness, and tenacity.
In 2015, the family moved to Tennessee for new career opportunities. She was a social worker for a few years, leaving life-long impacts. Tammy pursued her dream of becoming a district-level director for early childhood education. This allowed her to work with schools in Jefferson County, and create programs that will positively impact the lives of many area children for years. She implemented new programs, procedures, and activities that benefited and will continue to benefit the lives of thousands of children.
Tammy was preceded in death by her mother, Carol; and father, Tom Gardner.
She is survived by her daughters, Sylvia and Sarah; former husband, Farnood; her three siblings, Tracey, Dave and Rosemary; five nieces and nephews; and her aunt, Nancy.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic no services are planned.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, ASPCA, The Census Project, or Equal Rights Advocates.
Arrangements by: Stetzer-Bales Funeral Home