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Tammy Franklin

April 10, 1978 — February 14, 2024

Tammy Franklin, a radiant soul whose laughter and love lit up the lives of all who knew her, passed away on February 14, 2024, at the age of 45.

Tammy was born April 10, 1978, in Davenport, Iowa, daughter of John Franklin and Michelle (Leslein) Plummer. She is survived by her siblings John Franklin and Kristi Crosby, her stepfather Allen Plummer, her fiancé Michael Ivy and an entourage of aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her mother Michelle Plummer and father John Franklin.

A deep commitment to caring for others marked her academic and professional journeys. A proud alumna of St. Ambrose College, Tammy earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, dedicating 21 years of service at Genesis Health System, including nine years as a visiting nurse. More than her profession, she was an angel in the lives of many, enriching them with her kindness and generosity.

Tammy cherished her family deeply, often joking about being the favorite daughter and granddaughter. Undoubtedly, she was the favorite. Her regular visits to her grandmother with homemade treats, and her spirited antics are fond memories that her family will treasure forever. Her cousin still believes it was Tammy who anonymously sent her fruitcake for Christmas. And only Tammy could accidentally put the holiday ham in the bottom kitchen cabinet to bake, instead of the oven, delaying holiday dinner until the mystery of the missing ham was solved.

Tammy's creative side was as vibrant as her personality. She crafted custom epoxy cups for family and friends and shared her love of photography with her cousin, nurturing her interest in the art. She is remembered as being generous with her time and talents.

She possessed an infectious smile and a knack for spreading happiness. Her sense of humor and love for playful pranks, like teaching her niece and nephew to eat Cheetos from between their toes, brought laughter to every family gathering. She loved the beach. Panama City, Florida, was one of her favorite vacation spots and held a special place in her heart, not just for its beauty but as the place where her fiancé proposed.

Like her mother, Tammy was empathetic, generous and kind, and she was a pillar of support for friends and family. She was a second mother to her friends’ children and “Grandma Tammy” to their children, guiding them through life's adventures and challenges. Her home was a sanctuary for friends' children, who she nurtured into adulthood with the same love and care she showed her own family.

As we bid farewell to Tammy, we celebrate a life lived with unparalleled zest and an immeasurable capacity to love. Her legacy of laughter, generosity, joy and kindness will forever illuminate the hearts of those she touched. Tammy will be profoundly missed, but eternally cherished.

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