Tamara Rae Edwards (Lamb)
A child at heart and forever young
Surrounded by her children, she was called home on December 8th, 2020 to join her late grandchild Ivi Anne Edwards and her mother Patricia Reed. Tamara R. Lamb, aka "Tammy", "Gamma" and "Tam-Tam", 60, was a remarkable woman, nomadic soul and a mother to nine children whom had blessed her with twenty one grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Tamara R. Lamb will be forever remembered by her nine children: sons; Jeremy Edwards, John Meher, Jr, Matthew Meher, Benjamin Meher, Stephen Garney, Jr and daughters; Gretchen Edwards, Jane De La Rosa, Bridget Kingsley, and Daisy Nick. Her grandchildren: Devin, her angel; Ivi, Damen, Morgan, Josivi, Cameron, Emily, John Joseph, Mason, Jaelynn, Gregory, Zachary, Sebastien, Sarianna, Matthew, Harmony, Melody, Sarah, Robert, Harper and Juniper. Her great grandchildren, Carter and Greyson.
She is survived by her five siblings: Perry (Sue) Mesler of Reno, Sherri (Wally) Wasik of McDonald, Pa., Diane Reed of Sturgeon, Pa., John Reed of Port Allegany, Pa., Suzanne (Mike) Zimmerman of Newtown, CT.
Like the force of nature she was, Tammy’s ability to persevere through obstacles demonstrates her faith and her larger than life personality. Being an eccentric go-getter, Tammy used her life as a beautifully selfless display of love and generosity. Always surrounded by children who cherished her and never turned away from a person in need. She dedicated her life to always lending a helping hand or a shoulder to cry on.
Some unforgettable things about our mother: she was an avid coffee drinker; always demanding the first cup from every pot, she loved children cartoons, movies and was the biggest Toy Story fan you’d ever meet. She loved McDonald’s happy meals, just to get the toy as much as a child would. Tammy’s love of life proved true through her love of all genres of music, especially Aerosmith.
A mother to many and a friend to all, people were always drawn towards Tammy’s unique, creative, giving spirit; the kind of soul that radiated compassion. Not only could she decorate the world with her artistic talent and her illuminating smile, but her ability to love one unconditionally, truly making an impact with her life.
She never had a lack of words or energy for that matter. To her dedication as a mother; always reminding us to brush our teeth, pick up our feet or to pack a water bottle. She found joy in the little things: skipping stones, playing hopscotch, snow tubing and jumping rope. Her fondness of youthfulness, magic and storytelling lead to her latest passion of discovering the hidden treasure of Forrest Fenn. Tammy's thirst for knowledge sparked her interest in unraveling the mystery, her curiosity grew by every fleeting page.
One of Tammy’s lasting legacies is her insatiable enjoyment to find valuables. Whether its antique toys and books, or perhaps her collection of type writers and sewing machines. She saw great value in the most peculiar things. She indulged over her grandchildren’s rock and seashell collections through the years. She always appreciated long walks with her children often adding “Indian potatoes” into the collection.
Her wit always left us to play catch up and her notorious rule bending tendencies made life into one adventurous story, for instance her famous rule of “ya gotta take a punch to give a punch.” You never did quite know what the day would be like with her by your side. Like the time she drove through a church parking lot, on Christmas Eve mind you, in one of those GMC conversion vans nicking other peoples mirrors saying, “just keep looking straight.” Meanwhile we could hardly keep a straight face and It is in those stories where we can relish the memories of our mother. One of our favorite family traditions was her teaching us how to make macrame necklaces, in the summertime, right beside us is a big bowl of homemade coleslaw from the garden that she was just nuts about! Our childhood was perpetually filled with love, laughter and pets that were family.
Tammy had a way to make mundane tasks seem sublime. One of her favorite lessons was showing us kids how to brush her teeth with burnt toast. She would intentionally burn the bread and scrape the black burnt crumbs off then would rub her teeth with it. To this day I am still unsure if she performed this for the awe factor or because burnt was simply her favorite flavor right next to salty.
Tammy’s flamboyant personality could always brighten up any room. Her influence on people made others want to make a difference. The role she played in one’s life sincerely has an irreversible effect for the better. No one said it better than a dear friend “When God created you, He definitely broke the mold.”
In lieu of services, a Celebration of Tamara R. Lamb's Life will be held at a later date for friends and family.
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