Celebrating the life of Tammy Latoya Jefferson
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Tammy was born in Altus, Oklahoma on April 10, 1974 to her parents Bob Fields and Doris Mae Jefferson. She was raised and educated in Altus, Oklahoma. While in school, Tammy was active in basketball and track. Following graduation, she attended the Southwestern Oklahoma Job Corps where she studied brick masonry. Later, she completed a Certified Dietary Manager program.
In her early work career, Tammy worked at Val's Restaurant and at the Park Lane Nursing Facility in Altus. Mid-career she was employed at Cattlemen's Restaurant, Fort Sill DFAC Dining Facility, and Willow Park Healthcare Facility. Tammy found her dream job and worked traveling across the United States as a Dietary Services Manager.
On as personal level, Tammy grew up in the Church of God In Christ #1 and the Church of God in Christ #2. In her early Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, she was involved in the youth ministry and Vacation Bible School. Tammy was an avid researcher. She served as a Historian/Genealogist for the Snowden Family. She was instrumental in rediscovering the Snowden family lineage and teaching the family about its history which had been lost for generations.
Family was the most important thing to Tammy. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and simply being " Granna". Tammy was also passionate about cooking. She loved bringing people together for great food and fellowship. She was a master at weaving food, culture, and history into her storytelling that satisfied hearts, minds and tummies. She would give her last to the people she held dear to her heart. In addition, music was one of Tammy's passions. She would sing her heart out! On top of traveling and visiting new places, Tammy was an avid reader. The Harry Potter series was her all-time favorite book series. "I know Why the Caged Bird Sings" a novel by Maya Angelou, was her favorite book.
Tammy was a "Mom" to many in her community, no matter where she lived. She had a gift for mentoring young people. Tammy fought breast cancer like a champion and was blessed to have connected with many other cancer warriors. She was active in Breast Cancer Support Groups and found solace in supporting others along their cancer journey. She met and embraced a highly diverse group of friends as she traveled the country on job assignments. Her charisma, love for all, and concern for others will never be forgotten.
Welcoming Tammy into heaven's gates are: her father, Bob Fields; her adoptive father, Melvin Lee Thomas; father-figure: Marvin Ray Glover Sr.; her mother: Doris Jefferson and adoptive mother, Mildred Thomas; her grandparents: Cleveland James Sr. & Cassie Mae Walton; her great-grandparents: Bud Gooden & Amanda Snowden; her great-great- grandparents: Aaron Snowden & Lizzie Bradley-Snowden and her niece, Debrie Monique Masha Jefferson.
Left to continue on Tammy's loving legacy are her two sons: Christopher Jordan Jefferson Sr. & Tristan Thomas Tomel Jefferson; her daughter: Dinesha LaShaunta Durrough; her brothers: Willie James Jefferson, Kenneth Wayne Jefferson, Christopher Scott Jefferson, & Maurice Coleman; her sisters: Genette Marie Granberry; Naomi Ruth Hudson; Amanda Fay Holman; DeAnn Richelle Ferguson & Kimberly Shawn Jefferson - Quist; her grandchildren: Kandyce Latoya-Mari Jefferson; Christopher Jordan Jr. & Cidra Jamise-Anne Rushin; Nieces: Dr. Denise Granberry; Shebrail Bond, Mildred Jefferson, Ebony Holman; Jasmine Holman; Tori Holman; Amber Lambert & ReDawn Lambert; her nephews: Allen Granberry Jr, Ambrosia Holman, Aaron Lambert, Jarrett Lambert, Korey Lambert, Gabriel Jefferson, Matthew Jefferson, Kelvin Myles Jr, Kenneth Jefferson Jr., Jamaal Hudson, Naheem Hudson, Kollin Jefferson & Daniel Jeffierson; her Aunt, Mary Cameron; her best friend for over 35 years: Cynthia Durrough-Cramer; her god-children: DaSheama Nolan, Kiunte Smiley, Feyencia Smiley, Na'eem Smiley, Ameena Siley: her adopted children: Kaitlyn Simmons and Jesse Akers; a host of great-nieces, great- nephews and cousins; as well as other relatives and friends across the U.S., Europe, and the continent of Africa.
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