ATHOL - Tammy L. (Richards) Barrett, 38, of Walnut Street, died on Saturday evening, May 3, 2014, at home following a courageous battle with diabetes and kidney failure, with her loving husband, family and friends at her side.
Born in Greenfield on Sept. 6, 1975, she was a daughter of Walter B. and Daun E. (Lawton) Richards and grew up in Athol, attending Athol schools. She had also attended the Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School in Fitchburg. Tammy was living in the home that she was born and raised in.
Tammy was the first student to achieve her GED and CNA certificate at the same time. She had been active in Girl Scouts and was an active participant and lover of the Athol Area YMCA Minstrel Shows. Employed by Quabbin Valley Healthcare in Athol prior to her illness, Tammy had also worked at the Farren Care Center in Montague as well as doing private care.
Tammy loved socializing with her family and friends, as well as watching movies and TV and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Tammy is survived by her best friend, soulmate and husband, Jamie Barrett of Athol; sons, Ahkiel Thompson of Winchendon and Kaliph Thompson of Granby; a stepdaughter, Samantha Howard of Orange; her mother, Daun Tedford, and her husband, Charles, of Sevierville, Tenn.; best friend "Nana" Sandra Hanshaw and her family of Athol; in-laws, Bruce and Mary Barrett of Orange; aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Tawnya Barrett and Joe Hilts of Camden, N.Y., Bruce Barrett Jr. and his wife Christi of Athol, and Heath Barrett of Orange; her four-legged family members, "Abbi," "Neaveh" and "Midnight;" and many close friends that were like family.
Tammy was predeceased by her father, Walter Richards, and grandparents, Norman Lawton, Betty Lawton-Grant, Edith Lawton, and Lillian Richards, as well as a niece, Mariah Wilkey.
There are no calling hours and funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Witty's Community Fund, 158 South Main Street, Orange, Mass. 01364.
Witty's Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, is directing the arrangements. You may offer your sympathy online at www.wittyfuneralhome.com.