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Tammy Draper - October 05, 2012


Tammy Lou (Timm) Draper, 45, of Ford, Kan. died Oct. 5, 2012 at Western Plains Medical Complex in Dodge City, Kan. She was born March 8, 1967 in Brighton to Robert William and Pamela Kaye (Arnold) Timm.

Tammy moved to Ovid with her family in 1970. She grew up on the family farm. Tammy was active in 4-H, FFA, athletics and was a lifeguard for many years. She attended school in Holyoke, where she graduated in 1985.

She began her college career at Colby Community College, where she played volleyball. While a student there, Tammy met and began dating her future husband, Neal Draper. After graduating with her associate degree, she transferred to Fort Hays State University, earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in speech-language pathology.

Upon completing her graduate education, Tammy moved to Carlsbad, N.M. to begin her career. She and Neal moved to Hobbs, N.M. and were later married on Sept. 11, 1993 in Holyoke at Zion Lutheran Church. To this union, two children were born: Chance William in 1995 and Braden Tate in 1998. Also, through her marriage, Tammy gained a daughter, Megan Jo.

In 1996, the family moved to Ford, Kan. Tammy continued her career as a speech-language pathologist. She had expertise in working in a compassionate, effective way with a wide variety of people, including persons with disabilities, the elderly and students.

Tammy was a woman of faith. She was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church in Brighton and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Holyoke. Tammy was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Offerle, Kan.

Tammy served on the Ford County Fair Board and was a community leader for the Valley Boosters 4-H Club. She was also involved with the Ford City Library Board and Ford Beautification and Improvement. Tammy was the queen of the thrift store. Her other interests included Bunco and reading, and she loved all things related to clothes, jewelry and crafts.

Tammy was an incredibly family-oriented person. She loved to host Thanksgiving and other family events. Anyone who knew Tammy knew of her passion for her children’s activities. She devoted much of her time and energy to Chance and Braden’s 4-H involvement, livestock shows and sporting events. Tammy is remembered by her family and friends as someone who always had a ready smile, an infectious laugh and a kind word for all.

She was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, William and Francis Timm; maternal grandparents, George and Ida Arnold; mother-in-law, Lynda Franklin; and father-in-law, William Draper.

Tammy is survived by her husband, Neal, and two sons, Chance and Braden of the home; daughter, Megan and husband Tim and granddaughter, Claudia Zerr of Colby, Kan.; parents, Robert and Pamela Timm of Ovid; brother, Tom Timm and wife Tammie and their children, Vanessa and fiancé Austin Tharp, Victoria, Kendra and Kody of Haxtun; sister, Tracy Roll and her sons, Tristen and Theron of Holyoke; mother-in-law, Susan Draper of Colby, Kan.; brother-in-law, Nolan Draper and his daughter Emma of Atwood, Kan.; sister-in-law, Tanya Draper Douthit and husband Chad and their son, Oliver of Basehor, Kan.; and sister-in-law, Shanda Mattix and husband Caleb of Colby, Kan.

Visitation was scheduled at Minnis Mortuary in Bucklin, Kan. from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10.

The funeral service was set to be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Bucklin High School Gymnasium in Bucklin. Burial was set to follow at the Ford City Cemetery.

Memorials have been established with the Ford County 4-H Foundation and the Education Fund for Chance and Braden Draper. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 516, Bucklin, KS 67834.