Tamra “Tammy” Laurel Lillich, 62, passed away peacefully at her family farm near Alta Vista, Kansas after her courageous battle with cancer on May 2nd, 2019. Tammy was born April 12, 1957 in Nürnberg, Germany to Richard and Norma Burnett. As the daughter of an active duty Soldier, Tammy’s early life was filled with travel. Some of her fondest memories from her childhood were of the period her family spent in England, and the family trips taken during their time overseas. The Burnett’s moved to Alta Vista in 1970, and Tammy’s teen years were spent happily with the many friends she made in school. As a student at Council Grove High School, Tammy was a Bravette, and her time on the team was among some of her happiest memories.
Tammy married Charles Michael Lillich on December 31st, 1977 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. They resided in Alta Vista for more than thirty years, where they raised three sons. In 2009, Mike built a new home for them on Tammy’s family farm just west of Alta Vista. Tammy worked as a secretary and payroll clerk for Perfection II Masonry for more than twenty-five years, supporting the company her husband helped to establish.
She had a passion for photography, and spent many happy hours incorporating the wildlife at the farm into her photographs. Tammy had a natural talent for the camera, and she loved to share her beautiful work with her friends and family. She was a passionate animal lover, nurturing and caring for all of the cats and dogs that came into her life.
The greatest happiness in her life, however, was raising her three sons, and being a grandmother to her three grandchildren. She was a supportive, loving mother and grandmother and was extremely proud of all their accomplishments; if you knew Tammy, you were certainly kept aware of her family’s activities. She was always their greatest and loudest cheerleader.
Tammy leaves behind her loving husband Mike, her children Morgan and his wife Kathy, Joshua, and Nicholas, her parents Richard and Norma Burnett, her brother Joel Burnett and his partner Jody Silva, her grandchildren Madison, Savannah, and Charlie, and numerous loving family members and friends.
A visitation will be held from 5 – 7 pm, Monday, May 6, 2019 at Zeiner Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am, Tuesday, May 7th, at Simpson United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Alta Vista Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tamra Lillich Memorial Fund, which will go towards her grandchildren’s education. They may be sent in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, P.O. Box 273, Council Grove, KS 66846.