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Tammy S. Lafler


October 13, 2022

Tammy S. Lafler, age 67, of Sidney, NE passed away in Ft. Collins, CO on Sunday, October 2, 2022.

Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Friends may stop at Gehrig-Stitt Chapel on Thursday, October 13, from 1-6 p.m. to leave condolences for the family. Memorials can be made in Tammy’s name to UC Health Foundation and animal rescue.

You may view Tammy’s Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Tammy’s care and funeral arrangements.

Tamara was born on December 2, 1954 to Thomas and Ila May (Hume) Keefer in Sidney Ne. Tammy attended Sidney High School prior to her family moving to Sterling CO where she graduated from Sterling High School in 1973. Following graduation, Tammy attended nursing school in Scottsbluff. On October 17, 1975, Tammy married Kevin Lafler and together they had two children Ila May & Kevin C.

Tammy enjoyed living on the farm where she put her numerous talents and love for animals to work constantly. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, gardening, and crafts. She especially loved making quilts for her family, friends and rescue dogs. Tammy was very active in animal rescue for many years. She was dedicated to finding forever homes for numerous dogs. She and her rescue partner, Michie Burmester, opened Nebraska Schnauzer network which they ran for 15 years before retiring 2019.

Tammy is survived by her husband of 47 years Kevin, Daughter, Ila May Mitchell and husband Matt of Dalton NE, Son Kevin C. Lafler and wife Shannon of Denver, CO, Grandchildren, Madilynn Mitchell, Charlotte, Esmeralda, and Stella Lafler; Mother, Ila May Hixon of Springerville AZ; Sisters, Barbara Duncan and husband Vance of Sidney NE, Kelly Benefield of Springerville AZ; Brother Tom Keefer of North Platte, Sister-in-Laws, Mary Lafler of Gering NE, and Melanie and husband Richard Anderson of Larkspur CO; Brother-in-law James Lafler of Fort Collins CO; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.

Tammy is proceeded in death by her Father Thomas Keefer and Step mother Joyce, Stepfather Marvin Hixon; Father-in-law Charles Lafler and Mother-in-law Edna Lafler; Brother-in-laws, Brian Lafler, Greg Lafler and Gary Benefield and Nephew Daniel Duncan.


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