2016-05-12 / Obituaries

Tammy Lawhon

Tammy Lynn Lawhon was born in Mariposa on Dec. 11, 1970, to Tim Myers and Beverly (Bolton) Myers. She crossed over on May 2, 2016 at the age of 45.
Tammy was a proud member of Native American Nation, being the great-granddaughter of Princess Tenaya as well as having Miwuk, Cassons, Chuckchansi and Pohonechee bloodlines.
After graduating from Mariposa County High School in 1989, she continued working at different restaurants in town, including the Miners Inn and Butterfly Cafe, where she showed off her very refined cooking skills; skills she honed her entire life.
In 1997, Tammy enrolled in and completed a truck driving program which earned her a Class A commercial driver’s license. She was very proud of the license and used it to become a concrete truck driver for Outback Materials and then Central Valley Concrete. She excelled at both jobs.
After taking a break from driving and working at Yosemite National Park child care, she accepted a job with NPS in Yosemite as an engineering equipment operator for Wawona Roads and then El Portal Solid Waste. Her career then took her to the Park’s warehouse facility, where she ran the commissary and drove grocery delivery trucks which supplied the Park’s trails and mule packing programs to the backcountry.
In 2008, she was offered and accepted a permanent position as an administrative assistant for the Park Custodial Office, where she worked until her death.
Tammy, although quiet, was a very loving, humorous and giving person. Her smile and laugh were contagious. She had a love and skill of cooking, baking and gardening. She would get very excited at the sight of the first flower or vegetable bloom. She also learned to weave pine needle baskets very well, some of which she sold.
Tammy is survived by her husband of 17 years, Lonnie Lawhon of Mariposa; son Matthew Szabo of Mariposa; step-son William “Billy” Lawhon and wife Joanne of Ft. Stewart, Ga; son Nicholas Cooke and daughter Haley Lawhon both of Mariposa, parents Tim and Bev Myers, brother Scott Myers and wife Meghan; sister Cindi (Randy) Swagger; three grandchildren, Kenny Szabo, Thomas Dacey and Alayna Lawhon; two nieces, Jessica Buner (Swager) and Jade Perez; nephew Joey (Rhonda) Swager; and many cousins. She was preceded in death by her brother, Jeff Myers, in 1988.
A viewing took place at the Mariposa Funeral Home on Monday, May 9. Tribal graveside services were held at the Mariposa Cemetery on Tuesday, May 10, followed by a potluck at the Mariposa County Park.

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