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Tammy Marie Shields

December 11, 1957 — January 9, 2024

Spirit Lake

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Tammy Morrow Parke Shields, born Tammy Marie Morrow on December 11, 1957 in Anaconda Montana. She unexpectedly left this world on January 9, 2024, a date that will forever be etched in our memories, leaving behind a legacy of love and cherished memories.

Tammy began grammar school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and later finished school at Butte High. Throughout her life, Tammy held a special place in her heart for her hometown.

She was the loving daughter of  Donald Edward Morrow and Jean Elizabeth Gerhardt Morrow, both of whom preceded her in death. Tammy also shared a close bond with her siblings:

Donna (John) Bolinski, Shelley (Dan) Sonnabend, Eddie (Sherri) Morrow, and Kimberley (Leland) Nagy. Their family ties were strong, grounding them through life's ups and downs.

In 1980, she married Robert Parke. They later divorced. Her children Carrie and Devon Parke were the light of her life. Tammy's devotion to them knew no bounds.

In 1986 Tammy encountered the love of her life, William ‘Buzzy’. Over 23 years, their relationship had its ups and downs, but Buzzy always held a special place in Tammy's heart. Though Buzzy also preceded Tammy in death, his memory lived on in Tammy's heart. 

Tammy also had her time filled with being a grandmother to Scott Jarvis, Elijah Parke, Chloe Windsor, Maryann Windsor, Chance Obert, Bella and Gabe Niediffer. Each grandchild brought immeasurable happiness to her.

Tammy was known for her dedicated work ethic throughout the years. She held jobs in housekeeping- and waitressing 

Before finding her true calling as a caregiver for the elderly. She received the awards of CNA of the year and also CNA of the month several times she was a favorite with all of her residents and her co-workers. In 2005, Tammy relocated to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho where she continued her caregiving career. It was there that she met and married Dennis Shields, later divorcing due to irreconcilable differences  

One quality that defined Tammy was her unwavering love for animals. During a snowstorm in Butte, she brought two calves into her house to protect them from the cold. On several occasions, Tammy brought her favorite horse Yahoo inside as well.

Family meant everything to Tammy; her love for them was fierce like a grizzly bear. From the day her first sibling was born until she was led by the hand to heaven, Tammy's unconditional love for family and animals shone brightly.

Tammy also enjoyed country music. She found solace in simple pleasures such as sipping on a Bud Light while cheering on the Gonzaga basketball team.

Those who knew Tammy would agree that she was a master prankster and jokester. Her ability to keep a straight face while pulling off a hilarious prank will be remembered fondly by all who were lucky enough to witness it.

As we say goodbye to Tammy, we carry with us the memories of a life lived with love and laughter. May she find eternal peace in the embrace of our heavenly Father, knowing that she touched countless lives during her time on earth.

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Saturday, February 10, 2024

1:00 - 3:00 pm (Pacific time)

Bell Tower Funeral Home and Crematory - Post Falls Chapel

3398 E. Jenalan Avenue, Post Falls, ID 83854

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