Kasilof resident Tammy Reeve, 49, died April 12, 2014.
A viewing was 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel. After the viewing, a celebration of life was held from 7:15-9 p.m. April 15, 2014, at 47202 Princeton Ave,, Hope Community Resources Center in Soldotna. Funeral services were held at noon Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Seward, with a small viewing at 11:30 a.m. prior to the service.
Tammy was born Sept. 1, 1964, in Great Falls, Mont. to the late Phillip H. Bruce and Sharon E. Ryan of Anchorage. Tammy moved to Alaska at age four from Montana during her father’s service in the U.S. Air Force. They moved around the state until she was 13-years-old, settling in the Kenai Peninsula, and eventually calling Kasilof her home.
Tammy spent her life advocating for people who experienced mental illness and developmental disabilities. She relentlessly fought for the rights of others. She held a doctorate in psychology, a master’s in mental health, a bachelor or arts in psychology and an associate of arts in paralegal.
“Aside from her continuous drive to make herself more educated, she was a very free spirit and willing to put others interests above her own. She was an amazing friend to all those who were lucky to hold that title. Tammy was known for the love she had for her family, nature, and animals. She would ride down to the beach on her four-wheeler to collect shells, rocks and trinkets. She found beauty in all aspects of life, including the people she touched. She was an amazing mother and grandmother and will be dearly missed by us all,” her family said.
She is survived by her longtime companion of 27 years, Daniel (J.R.) Poissant; mother, Sharon E. Ryan; sister-in-law, Dawn Poissant; brother-in-law, William Cox; mother-in-law, Launie Poissant; her children, Sarah Reeve (Daniel Cooper), Shaun Reeve, Maria Reeve (Angel Mendoza); her sister, Erika Bruce; her brother, Phillip H. Bruce II (Gary-Ann); and her grandchildren, Alaura, Lukas, Nathan and Izzabella; and lifetime friends, Darrel Mason and Steve Haugstad, Karl Gattenby, and too many other close friends to list.
Donations can be sent to Wells Fargo in Soldotna for the Tammy Reeve family.
Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.