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Tammie J. Vose

February 8, 1968 November 3, 2019
Tammie J. Vose
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Tammie J. Vose, age 51, of Chicago passed away Sunday, November 3, 2019; beloved wife of Jeffrey R. Vose; devoted daughter of Kenneth (Roxanne) and the late Sandra Huege and daughter-in-law of Sharon (Robert) Sala and Robert (Judy) Vose; dear sister of Chris (Bridget) Huege and the late Kenneth Huege; dear sister-in-law of Randy (Linda) Vose; fond aunt of Holly Vose. Tammie is also survived by her loving dogs, Mugsy and Pickles.

Tammie courageously fought cancer three times; 2002, 2011, and finally in June 2018. She was a role model on how to live with a terminal illness. She chose to fight these battles silently rather than worry those she loved. It was extremely important to Tammie that she was seen as the same radiant person she always was, and that your memories of her were full of laughter and joy. When Tammie was diagnosed with breast cancer, she was not afraid. She knew she would handle this just like any other difficult challenge; deal with it, win, and move on. She was courageous and fearless.

Tammie’s work ethic, initiative, and willingness to try new things led her to many unique opportunities. In her early teens, she detasseled corn and did piecemeal work assembling nuts and bolts for a small manufacturing company. She would tell stories about working the hot corn fields of Pontiac, IL in long sleeves while getting hundreds of stinging cuts on her hands. Her deep love and desire to help others led her into the medical profession. Tammie was a Student Nurse Assistant on the Geriatric floor at St Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, IL while simultaneously putting herself through nursing school at Waubonsee Community College. Self-funding her college education was a point of pride her entire life. Tammie’s professional career began at Illinois Masonic Medical Center working as a Surgical Nurse in their operating room. She always aspired to work at a Level 1 Trauma Center and talked her way into this specialized unit that did not hire new graduates. At age 28, Tammie became the Nurse Manager at 25 East Same Day Surgery Center. There she met Dr. John Q. Cook of Whole Beauty Institute, her mentor in the medical field of Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery. His specialty in breast reconstruction aligned with her interest in working with cancer patients years before she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She became a skilled injector of endotoxins and fillers for facial contouring. These skills were honed under Dr. Cook’s tutelage, for which she was forever grateful. Tammie would later say working alongside Dr. Cook was one of the greatest joys of her professional life. She went on to work as a Field Clinical Specialist, Manager, then Senior Manager at Merz Aesthetics. She enjoyed a productive career while inspiring others and elevating the ethical practice of aesthetics. She was a superb leader who loved managing “The Honey Badgers” known for being a very cohesive, tight knit team. Mentoring, motivating, and watching her staff excel was a tremendous joy for Tammie. Her last job was a bit unconventional. For fun she joined the Starbucks team at the Palmer House to combine her love of food, fun, and serving others while learning to become a barista. She loved this work and interacting with her younger co-workers was refreshing. Tammie was profoundly disappointed that her diagnosis forced her to stop working, especially before learning the fall drinks.

Tammie loved making people happy and welcomed everyone she met. She was kind, forgiving and always strived to find the best in everyone. She was a creative and detailed party planner who made it a habit of throwing over the top, themed parties that were the talk of the town. Her chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies were legendary and she happily baked them for any occasion. Tammie had a great sense of humor. She was a master of one-liners to which no one was immune. Always ahead of the fashion trends, she was known for her style and elegance. Perhaps her greatest quality was her innate ability to make anyone feel special; whether she was surprising you with an unexpected gift, mailing a card for no reason, or offering a kind word, she valued connecting with others and bringing them joy.

She loved traveling, and always looked forward to any opportunity to experience a new destination. She traveled extensively through the U.S. and Europe. However, her favorite destination was a recent trip to St. Lucia while celebrating her 25th wedding anniversary. A glass bottom bungalow situated over the Caribbean Sea was her nirvana. She enjoyed all music, but Rap and Hip-Hop had a special place in her heart. She could spontaneously bust a move when you least expected it. She was strong willed. The strength of her mind over body was tested in 2015 when she attended a 10-day Vipassana Meditation silent retreat. Never formally practicing mediation, she rose at 4 a.m., sat motionless during meditation except for meals, and had no eye contact or conversations for the entire retreat. Tammie returned home, relaxed, refreshed, and ready to take on the world with a renewed vigor. She never let apprehension or fear deter her. She was afraid to fly, yet she traveled around the world. She was not a strong swimmer, yet loved participating in water related activities. When the news of her final cancer diagnosis came, she used all of her life experiences to face her last greatest challenge with courage, humor, mindfulness, and grace.

Tammie will be remembered as a fun, loving, generous, and selfless person with an unparalleled sense of elegance. She leaves an indelible mark on all those she touched. Her life revolved around purpose and positivity and that gift will live on forever.

“I thought I could change the world, one kind act at a time, and I still do. A strong spirit and new attitude will get you a long way.” ~Tammie Vose~

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date for this incredible woman.

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