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Tammy (Kathryn) Bodner

Tammy (Kathryn) Bodner

Tuesday, August 19th, 1969 Saturday, October 24th, 2020

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Obituary for Tammy (Kathryn) Lynn Bodner

Tammy's birth was anticipated with much joy. She already had a big brother, Robbie, so a baby girl was in my fervent hopes and prayers. She surprised us with the speed of her arrival, including the doctor, who just couldn't make it in time. The very efficient Scottish former midwife placed her in my arms and I saw how perfect she was. I was so happy.

She was a good kid, a little on the quiet side in those early years, but as we all soon saw, Tammy's hurried arrival didn't change as the years went by. Growing up and following her own agenda and timeline was very much a part of her. She struck out on her own much sooner than any parent would want and lived her life as a free spirit.

A serious car accident nearly took her life at nineteen and began her struggle with managing the pain she was left with.

The west coast beckoned and it was here that a relationship and the birth of her daughter, Cassandra, appeared to stabilize her restlessness for awhile. We all hoped for happiness and stability to last.

In the end her nomadic impulses drove her decisions ,but..after a few years of upheaval she found what she said was "her place". She seemed happy and settled.

That's why her passing now is so very sad for all of us who loved her. We'll miss that deep chortle when she laughed and her wicked sense of humour. I'll miss the phone calls, "Hey Mom, how do you make those gingerbread cookies"?

Our Dear Tammy,
Although our lives journeys have bid us to be apart,
I am with you, you are with me'
Forever in our hearts

Tammy is survived by her Mom Lyn, her bother Rob, her sister Melanie Armstrong, her father Bob and her daughter Cassandra Gullet, as well as her Babcia, aunts and cousins and of course, Katherine.

A celebration of life ceremony will bring her family together at a future date.

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Bryan Armstrong

Tammy, I look fondly on the memories we were able to share over the years since I met your sister Melanie.

May you be at peace, surrounded by love. Rest easy and know you will be greatly missed by many.

My deepest condolences to Lyn, Melanie, Rob, Cassandra, Katherine and all of the family at this time of sorrow.
Comment | Posted at 07:01pm via Condolence
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Cassandra

Mom,

I miss you everyday and I still can’t believe you are gone.

I will always remember watching Buffy with you, and singing the musical in the car together. I’ll always think about you any time I cook, because holy were you good at that, and I will always remember the way you called me princess peanut butter cup. Even well into my 20’s, you kept the nickname.. and I miss it.

Thank you for my sense of humour, and for my imperfectly perfect ears. Thank you for always loving me and telling me you were proud of me. Thank you for being my mom.

I wish everyday that we had more time, that we could talk everything out and try to rebuild everything between us. I always thought we would have more time.. but I guess life had other plans for you.

Throughout all of this I have seen that you have so many people who loved you, and remember you so lovingly. Saying how funny you were, how kind you were, and what a great person you were. I couldn’t have asked for anything better for you.. I hope you know how loved you were and continue to be.

I love you so much mom, until we meet again
Comment | Posted at 03:32am via Condolence
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Krystina Poltorak

For my niece and friend. I will miss your phone calls where we would talk for hours and reminisce. Even though distance made it difficult to visit, I would say we were close she'll be missed by all those who love her and never forgotten Rest in peace dear Tammy (Kathryn)
Comment | Posted at 11:46am via Condolence
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Joe Pereira

As your Mom's partner and your friend, I always wished the very best for you. We tried to be there for you and to give you an example to follow.
We used to imagine how we could help you to live nearer to us. It's a shame that our plans didn't have a chance to become true.
I'm very sad to see the heartbreak your passing has caused to everyone who cared about you. We will all remember you and keep you in our hearts.
Rest in peace, Tammy
Comment | Posted at 01:00pm via Condolence

Mel Armstrong

You were my big sister for 47 years. You watched over me until I left for Winnipeg at the age of 12. Before that, we spent night's giving each other back scratches until we fell asleep and would wake up in a tangled mess of arms and legs. You helped me build blanket forts, played barbies with me and we sang mini pops together. I could never understand why you would listen to the same song on a 45 over and over and over again, but I get it now. When I was a little older, you took me roller skating. We loved it and I was in awe of the way you could roller skate backwards. You were funny, smart and talented, and even though you were 4 years older, you always had time for your little sister.

I moved to Winnipeg to pursue my dream of dancing and you eventually left Thunder Bay and found a home in BC. The distance made it hard to see each other but I knew you were looked after and well loved, as you had our brother and your youngest daughter there with you.

Our last conversation was on my birthday. We hadn’t spoke in awhile and I am so thankful that we were able to catch up. Things were going really good for you and it is comforting to know that before you left, you were happy and hopeful for the future. You had a lot of struggles in life, but you were always strong and resilient. I hope you are enjoying your new freedom, your were always a free spirit and now you can soar. Rest in peace sister, until I see you again.

Love Mel
Comment | Posted at 03:26pm via Condolence
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