Tammy Lou (Timm) Draper, 45, died Friday, Oct.5, 2012 at Western Plains Medical Complex in Dodge City, Kan.
She was born March 8, 1967, in Brighton, Colo. to Robert William and Pamela Kaye (Arnold) Timm. Draper moved to Ovid, Colo. with her family in 1970. She grew up on the family farm.
Draper was active in 4-H, FFA, athletics and was a lifeguard for many years. She attended school in Holyoke, Colo. where she graduated in 1985. She began her college career at Colby Community College, where she played volleyball. While a student at there, she met and began dating her future husband, Neal Draper. After graduating with her associate’s degree, she transferred to Fort Hays State University, earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in speech-language pathology.
Upon completing her graduate education, Draper moved to Carlsbad, N.M. to begin her career. She and Neal moved to Hobbs, New Mexico and were later married September 11, 1993 in Holyoke, Colo. at Zion Lutheran Church. To this union, two children were born, Chance William, in 1995, and Braden Tate, in 1998. Also through her marriage, Tammy gained a daughter, Megan Jo.
In 1996, the family moved to Ford, Kansas. Draper continued her career as a speech-language pathologist. She had expertise in working in a compassionate, effective way with a wide variety of people, including persons with disabilities, the elderly and students.
Draper was a woman of faith. She was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church in Brighton, Colo. and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Holyoke, Colo. Draper was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Offerle, Kan.
Draper served on the Ford County Fair Board and was a community leader for the Valley Boosters 4-H Club. She was also involved with the Ford City Library Board and Ford Beautification and Improvement. Draper was the queen of the thrift store. Her other interests included Bunco, reading, and she loved all things related to clothes, jewelry and crafts.
Draper was an incredibly family-oriented person. She loved to host Thanksgiving and other family events. Anyone who knew her knew of her passion for her children’s activities. She devoted much of her time and energy to Chance and Braden’s 4-H involvement, livestock shows, and sporting events. Draper is remembered by her family and friends as someone who always had a ready smile, an infectious laugh and a kind word for all.
She is survived by her husband, Neal and two sons, Chance and Braden, of the home; daughter, Megan and husband, Tim, and granddaughter, Claudia Zerr of Colby, Kan.; parents Robert and Pamela Timm of Ovid, Colo.; brother Tom Timm and wife Tammie and their children, Vanessa and her fiancé Austin Tharp, Victoria, Kendra, and Kody of Haxton, Colo.; sister, Tracy Roll and her sons, Tristen and Theron of Holyoke, Colo.; mother-in-law, Susan Draper of Colby, Kan.; brother-in-law, Nolan Draper and daughter Emma of Atwood, Kan.; sister-in-law, Tanya Draper Douthit and husband Chad, and their son, Oliver of Basehor, Kan.; and sister-in-law, Shanda Mattix and husband Caleb of Colby, Kan.
Page 2 of 2 - She was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, William and Francis Timm; maternal grandparents, George and Ida Arnold; mother-in-law, Lynda Franklin and father-in-law, William Draper.
Visitation will be from 5- 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 at Minnis Mortuary. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 at the Bucklin High School Gymnasium in Bucklin, Kan. Burial will follow at the Ford City Cemetery.
Memorials have been established with the Ford County 4-H Foundation and the Education Fund for Chance and Braden Draper. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 516, Bucklin, Kansas 67834.