Teacher’s Last Wish For Backpacks And Supplies Instead Of Flowers At Her Funeral

Teacher Tammy Waddell had a final wish--for her friends and family to fill the church at her funeral with backpacks and school supplies instead of flowers.

Some people just know how to give, even after their gone.  That’s what one teacher has shown with her last wish.

Tammy Waddell of Cumming, Georgia lived life with a passion.

She believed every child deserved an opportunity to learn.

Fox5Atlanta reports Waddell kept that passion alive even after she passed away earlier this month from cancer.

Waddell’s final wish–a beautiful “in lieu of flowers” request.

Instead, Waddell asked that her loved ones fill the church at her funeral with backpacks and school supplies for kids in need.

As you can see from her cousin’s tweet, Tammy’s wish was their command.



The teaching love went on from there.  Some of her Waddell’s fellow teacher’s were the honorary pallbearers at her funeral. Again, from Dr. Brad Johnson’s Twitter account.

This incredible woman is inspiring so many to contribute.  If that’s you, here’s how you do it.

Tammy’s obituary shows this is a woman who dedicated her life to giving.  Her family shared, “Tammy served the children and community of Forsyth County for thirty years as a paraprofessional and elementary teacher in Forsyth County Schools.  She had a passion for literacy and believed that every child deserved an opportunity to learn.  She was a National Board Certified Teacher and in 2003 was recognized as the Forsyth County Schools Elementary Teacher of the Year.  She left a legacy in the hallways of Sawnee Elementary & Primary Schools, Cumming Elementary School and Haw Creek Elementary School.  Those around her recognized 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.

Additionally, Tammy was a member of the Rainbow Girls, a division of the Masons, and a member of the Forsyth County Volunteer Fire Department Station Four Ladies Auxiliary.

What might be your last wish?  Please share in the Comments section below.

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Teacher’s Last Wish For Backpacks And Supplies Instead Of Flowers At Her Funeral

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