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Tammy Kelly

Tammy Kay Kelly (Stecker)

Saturday, August 1st, 1964 - Wednesday, July 24th, 2019
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Obituary

Tammy passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at Faith Hospice, Trillium Woods in Byron Center. Tammy was born August 1, 1964 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the daughter of Garland and Virginia (Ford) Stecker. Tammy’s twin sister, Pammy, died at birth.

Tammy came into this world weighing only 22 ounces. She was a graduate of Comstock High School and a Veteran of the U.S. Army. Tammy went on to become a Specialist in Property Management. She became an advocate for her elderly and disadvantaged residents and was loved dearly by them for more than 20 years in several cities throughout Michigan. She finally landed in Holland, MI and resided there after her retirement. Tammy married the love of her life, Thomas Kelly on June 1 of 2002. The two of them had 14 wonderful years of marriage together and was with Tom through his Parkinson’s illness and by his side until the very end. Thomas preceded her in death in January of 2017. Tammy was also preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her daughters, Mara (Josef) Swinkunas, of Holland, MI and Kathryn (Jason) Carpenter, of Kentucky, two beautiful granddaughters, Caitlyn and Hanah Swinkunas, sister Ginny (David) Dell and brother Timothy Stecker, Sr. (Bonnie Hudson) and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Tammy was also survived by her constant companions, Petey and Bella (the cats that helped her get through Tom’s death). Tammy was a beloved member of Grace Episcopal Church in Holland where she and Tom formed many friendships and made countless memories. Tammy was an avid reader, loved to crochet, and a very active member of a National Parkinson’s Support Group who held her up through her own battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

The family wishes to send special thanks to Tammy’s family at Grace Episcopal Church, especially Mary, Andy Christy, Dennis and Reverend Jen for their prayers and the many ways in which they assisted and cared for Tammy these past several years as she lived with Parkinson’s and most recently Pancreatic Cancer. In addition, the family is also most grateful for the wonderful doctors and nurses that cared for Tammy over the past few months at Spectrum Butterworth, Mary Free Bed and the kind and compassionate care she received at Faith Hospice Trillium Woods.

A Memorial Service for Tammy will be held on August 9th, at 11am, at Grace Episcopal Church in Holland, Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to the Parkinson’s Foundation, Grace Episcopal Church or Faith Hospice, Trillium Woods. To express condolences on-line, please visit www.simplycremation.com
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  • Memorial Service

    Friday, August 9th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, August 9th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Grace Episcopal Church
    Address
    555 Michigan Ave
    Holland, Michigan 49423
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Jody Sullivan

Posted at 03:54pm
Tammy was one of my 1st YOPD " mentors" she soothed so many of my fears when I was diagnosed at 39. She had so much determination to not only survive PD but to thrive through it. She was taken way too soon but I know she's still cheering me on. Fly high doll your battle is done.
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Lynn Polizzi

Posted at 10:14am
I had the honor of meeting Tammy a couple of years back at a Parkinson’s meet and greet in Denver. She was such a sweet and kind soul. She was also resilient. She fought all of her health battles with such grace and dignity. What an amazing lady she was. I can’t imagine how much she suffered. She’s finally at peace and reunited with her beloved husband once again. Tammy you were a true testament to what being a fighter means. God bless you always!! 🙏🏻❤️
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Kathy Dodd

Posted at 10:14pm
I had the honor ti Know Tammy and spending time with her in Denver. She was a warrior until the end. I’ll miss her smile and her kindness and I’ll cherish the memories forever. I love you, Tammy and I’ll see you again someday. She is finally free and is with her beloved, Tom. ❤️🌹
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kevin Raynor

Posted at 09:40pm
Our prayers go out to the family sorry for your loss of a very loving person . Tammy came in my life four years ago on FB and we got to know each other and share are stories of going thru Parkinson . Two years ago I meet Tammy in Denver ,after going thru losing her husband early but are Parkinson family in brace this warrior and loved her , Tammy always had a smile and showed everyone love. We spent time on the bench talking about are Army days and the love of her live that she wanted to talk about . This warrior was more than a fighter . I will miss talking to her and sending her cards love you Tammy you be in my heart forever rest in peace .from Kevin Raynor
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