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Tamara Sue Bennett, age 54, of Grand Rapids, went home to be with our Lord on Wednesday, December 24, 2014, in Grand Rapids, MI.

She was born June 20, 1960, in Flint, becoming the youngest daughter of Doyle & Naomi (Gilmour) Bennett.

Tamara (Tammy) grew up in Harbor Springs, MI. She graduated from Harbor Springs High School in 1978. Here she was elated to be a cheerleader, flutist, band majorette and loved activities within her community and school. She was also an avid sailor, snow skier, swimmer and beach lover.

She then went on to Central Michigan University earning undergraduate credits and modeling for several different stores. Although enjoying C.M.U. tremendously she transferred to Grand Valley State University to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. It is here she met many of her lifelong friends including one of her best, Dena McMullen. She then graduated in 1984, with a Bachelor of Science Nursing Degree within the School of Arts and Sciences.

Her first nursing position was held in the Intensive Care Unit of St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids. As her natural abilities for nursing care grew, she often held the Head Nursing position of this unit.
Tamara Bennett, RN, BSN, CCM, continued tirelessly helping others by furthering her education to enhance patient care and needs in Detroit hospitals. Moving back to Grand Rapids then lead her into Case Management. This position utilized her nursing and allowed her to help others by managing individual patient cases to see they received the exact care and specialists necessary.

Her hobbies included the love to go inter tubing and hunting for mushrooms, not just morels but many unique species. She canned fruits, vegetables and made jerky often. She enjoyed going fishing, including ice fishing, which was great fun because men were shocked to see a female alone on the ice with her auger catching many a fish.
She was also a movie buff! Everyone wanted to watch movies with Tam!

Tamara is survived and loved deeply by sisters, Michelle (Dick) Ratliff, Debra (Rick) Bennett-Bayliss; ex-husband, Frank Aredondo; along with her beloved nieces and nephews, Shelly Bennett, John (Beth) Nowak, Christopher and Jeremy Buchanan, Trey, Morganne and Brielle Bayliss; Aunt, Janet (Keith) Lamkin; and cousins, Lori Gilmour Smith, Tim Gilmour and Diane Gilmour Dolan.

Tamara was preceded in death by her father Doyle A. Bennett and her mother Naomi Grace (Gilmour) Bennett.

Along with her many other gifts, Tamara loved animals. Always saving Ferrell Cats, helping neighbor’s pets, doctoring her special Mastiff, Sirus etc.…. People often would tell you all animals were drawn to her.
To this effect we do ask that in lieu of flowers, please donate or volunteer with your local Humane society.

Honoring her wishes, cremation will take place with the arrangements entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.

A family memorial service will be held in the summer of 2015.


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  1. Bob Prawdzik on December 30, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    I am still in shock finding out that Tamara has passed away. She was one of my longest and dearest friends. She has been with me through thick and thin. I only wish that somehow I could have returned the favor.
    Rest in Peace and I hope to see you when it’s my time.
    My thoughts are with her family and especially to Frank for having been there to the very end.

  2. Jennifer Markey on January 2, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    I was fortunate to get to know Tammy while in Grand Rapids and shared many good times in Harbor Springs also. She is surely missed. My heart goes out to all of Tammy’s family. Just know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this most difficult time. Love, Jennifer

  3. Dena M. McMullen on January 15, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    The summer of 1980, we met each other and became friends for life. Over the years the friendship was unconditional, we were there for each other, through the good times and bad, we were in others corner. I for selfish reasons can’t let go or except your departure. I miss our daily talks, the laughter, the tears, the fears, the ups and downs. We really shared a lot over the years. Every day that goes by, I realized that you are no longer here and I can’t pick up the phone and tell you what happen. But the fond memory will always be with me, the cheerleader from Harbor Springs that loved her movies {scary and the spookier the better}. We laughed through a few. You left your foot print, thank you for having my back. Each day that goes by I think of you always and forever.

  4. Deb on February 14, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Happy first Valentine’s Day in Heaven Baby Sister. I Pray you are with Mom, Dad and everyone we love. I miss you so terribly & love you so, so, so deeply.

  5. Deb on March 17, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Hey Baby, Happy St. Patrick’s day in Heaven. I have read dozens of books & talked to specialists as you knew I would. Thank you so, so much for your last phone call. I understand it all now and thank you for the duo”s final connection.We will always be as one. Love you. Hold my spot beside you please.xxoo

  6. Deb on February 14, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Hey Baby Sister. Happy 2nd Valentines Day in Heaven. I miss you so much. Just could not make it through the day without thinking about our yearly chats on this day. Hug Mom, Dad and everyone else we love for me. Save that spot beside you for me! Love you Forever! xxoo

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