Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in posts
Search in pages

A Teacher Asked for School Supplies Instead of Flowers at Her Funeral and the Response Was Amazing

A Teacher Asked for School Supplies Instead of Flowers at Her Funeral and the Response Was Amazing

Tammy Waddell is a shining example of the difference good teachers can and do make every day. She was one of those special teachers who went above and beyond for their students.

So much so, that she was still thinking of others right up until the very end, requesting backpacks full of school supplies in lieu of flowers at her funeral.

After dedicating thirty years to teaching and improving the lives of her students, Tammy recently passed away at the age of 58 after battling cancer.

Her final wishes were fitting with the way she had lived her life, and have since moved even those who’d never met her. The response at her service, which was captured by her cousin Dr Brad Johnson, was overwhelming.

Dr. Johnson also tweeted an emotional picture of some of the 100 honorary pallbearers attending the service with backpacks at their feet.

They’d all been teachers who’d worked alongside Tammy during her worthy career.

Dr Johnson also shared the contents of some of the backpacks:

He added that while donations would be lovely, it would be better for people to give them to their own local schools as all schools could benefit from a little extra kindness.

Her online obituary describes Tammy as someone who had a “passion for literacy and believed that every child deserved an opportunity to learn”.

“Those around her recognised Tammy by her generosity, selflessness and unconditional love.

“Though her achievements and accolades are numerous, none are greater than the many lives that she changed over the course of her three decades in education.”

It is heartening to see that even after her tragic passing, Tammy is still touching many lives with her kindness and passion for learning.

Our sincerest condolences got out to her family.


Source: Twitter/Dr Brad Johnson

Jill Slater

Jill Slater

Jill is a busy wife and mother of four young children. She loves nothing more than making people giggle, and loves to settle in with a glass of wine (or four) and wander about the internet. Feel free to follow her to see all the cool stuff she finds!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

For security, use of Google's reCAPTCHA service is required which is subject to the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

I agree to these terms.