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Tamberly Jane “Tammy” Tate

Tamberly Jane “Tammy” Tate, 63, rural Durham, Mo., passed away on Thursday, March 17, at her home surrounded by closest family.

Tamberly Jane “Tammy” Tate

She was born July 24, 1958, in Quincy, Ill., a daughter of Russell Oscar and Dorothy Ann Bartz Waters. She married L. Richard Tate on April 9, 1977 in Maywood, Mo.  

Survivors include her husband, Richard, rural Durham; daughter, Sara Jane (Brent) Phillips, New London, Mo.; son, Adam Leslie Tate, St. Louis, Mo.; grandsons, Payton (Holly) Phillips, Hannibal; Issac (Jorden VanWinkle) Phillips,  Hannibal; and Elliott Tate, Palmyra; mother, Dorothy Waters, Quincy; three brothers, Steve (Cecile) Waters, Jefferson City, Mo.; Mike (Marcia) Waters, Columbia, Mo.; and Dennis (Lea Ann) Waters, Taylor, Mo.; two sisters, Sue (Tom) Johnson, Durham, Mo.; and Debbie (Steve)  Benedict, Taylor; her-in-laws, Edward “Mickey” and Mary Jane Tate, Maywood; Angela and Gene Walbring, Ewing; and Mark and Chris Tate, Hannibal; special great-nieces and great-nephew, Austin, Avery and Addy Johnson, Durham; many other nieces and nephews; and her beloved cat, “Chief.”

She was preceded in death by her father and a brother in infancy, Charles Andrew Waters.

Tammy worked at American Safety in Palmyra for 10 years and retired from Lewis County REC after 32 years. 

She was a former Lewis County School Board member, a Lewis County Food Bank volunteer and a volunteer at Blessing Hospital.

She loved fishing at Bennett Springs, camping, mushroom hunting, crafting, quilting, going to car shows and driving her 2008 red Corvette. She loved cruising with her family and was the official “activity director” of the Cruisin Cousins.

She enjoyed spending time with her grandsons and family.  She was an avid Kansas City Chiefs football fan and was a season ticket holder.  She was a member of the Hester Community Church.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 22, at 11 a.m. at Hester Community Church in rural Maywood, with Rev. Lance Bonnell officiating. Burial will be in Maywood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Payton Phillips, Issac Phillips, Elliott Tate, Aaron Johnson, Andy Johnson, Seth Waters  and Austin Johnson.

Honorary pallbearers will be Ryan Waters, Matt Waters, Jason Waters, Nick Waters, Lincoln Benedict, Jared Tate, Avery Johnson and Addy Johnson.   

Visitation will be Monday, March 21, at Hester Community Church from 4 until 8 p.m.  Family requests you wear your Kansas City Chiefs attire/colors at the visitation.

Memorials may be made to the Maywood Cemetery Association.

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