Tammy E. Brooks, age 54, of Gansevoort, New York, passed away on Friday, January 1, 2021 in her home, surrounded by those she loved. She endured a long battle with cancer, demonstrating faith, courage, grace and love; attributes that were synonymous with her life.
She was born in Elizabethtown, New York on May 5, 1966, the daughter of John F. Wimett and the late Betty Jean (Lytle) Wimett. Tammy is survived by her cherished husband of 31 years, Michael C. Brooks, and her son, Jacob F. Brooks who she loved beyond measure. She is also survived by her siblings, Tina Bigelow (Frank), Terry White (Paul), Thomas Wimett (Kim), along with her numerous and beloved nieces and nephews and their children. Tammy also had supportive aunts, uncles and cousins, and is also survived by her beloved dog, Mya.
Tammy was crowned Modern Miss for New York State in August of 1983, representing New York in parades and events throughout the state. She graduated from Elizabethtown High School in 1984 and went on to earn her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1989. She was recognized as a gifted, caring and exceptional educator that children and families throughout the North Country adored.
In 2007, Tammy was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. In 2014, after almost 7 years in remission, Tammy fractured her right hip, which led to a diagnosis of 4th Stage Breast Cancer Metastasis in her bones. Her faith gave her the strength to persevere without fear, well beyond all expectations. She wrote about her journey, inspiring many with her deep-seated faith in God, unwavering determination to live fully and ability to spread joy to those she loved.
Tammy was a Eucharistic Minister at Our Lady of Annunciation Catholic Church in Queensbury, providing communion to parishioners, as well as residents at Westmount Nursing Home. She also volunteered often at the Saratoga Soup Kitchen at the Presbyterian Church.
Family and friends are invited to Tammy’s services, set for Wednesday, January 6th at Our Lady of Annunciation, 448 Aviation Rd, Queensbury, NY. Her calling hours will be from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM with a mass of Christian burial to follow promptly at 11AM. Those who attend her calling hours should come to offer prayers, then return to their vehicles. Those who plan to attend her funeral should come back to the church just before 11AM. Those who are unable to attend the funeral may still view the service on the following link – https://youtu.be/A56JXx57FX8.
Flowers or contributions in Tammy’s honor are welcome. Flowers may be sent to Our Lady of Annunciation in Queensbury for her calling hours.
Tammy had a passion for helping others. Dear to her heart was the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s great endeavor to find a cure for cancer through gene research. If you would like to join us in helping them “turn the tide in the fight against cancer” please consider making a donation to The Jimmy Fund in her memory.
Her family wishes to thank Dr. Nancy Lin for her compassionate care and expertise that enabled Tammy to flourish for so many years.
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