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610 S. Duncan St.
PO Box 487
Stillwater, OK 74076
Phone: (405) 372-5550
Fax: (405) 372-5608
Tammy Nelson

Tammy Sue Nelson

Thursday May 26, 1960 - Thursday January 9, 2020
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Tammy (Burris) Nelson, went home to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Thursday, January 9, 2020. A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Strode Funeral Home Chapel. Strode Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

She was born May 26, 1960 in Pawnee, Ok and lived in Keota, OK until her freshman year of high school and then the family moved to Glencoe OK where she loved to play basketball. She graduated from Glencoe in 1978. She loved the piano, cats, and horses and earned the title of Keota Rodeo Sweetheart. She was as good on a horse as anyone around. More recently, she enjoyed mind puzzles, word searches, Dr. Phil., Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, reading her bible and she loved the Lord.

The love of her life, son DJ, was born on March 23, 1977.

On May 21, 1983 she started a new adventure when she began working at Mercury Marine in Stillwater. Only a handful of folks still worked there and they were all devastated when the doors closed on December 1, 2011. During her 28 ½ years there she held many jobs and kept doing her best to keep moving up in the company. Eventually, after getting an associate’s degree from OCU, her final position was a purchaser/buyer. She loved the many friends she made there. Who knew that buying millions of dollars a year of GM engines was so exciting? But she loved it and took pride in the work that she had proven to do so well.

In recent years, she helped her cousin Denise Holt care for some special people in her life, her Uncle Bruce and Aunt Arlene Huff, until their passing. A strong friendship evolved between her and Denise during that time that will last forever.

She is survived by her parents, Lynn and Sharlene Brien of Pawnee and Lawrence Burris of Keota, OK; sisters, Lisa Burris of Stillwater, and Vicki Harshberger and her husband Dusty of Lakeland, FL; and son, DJ Ripley and his wife Nicole of Branson, MO. Also, 3 grandchildren, Kayla Gentry and husband, Caleb of Ponca City, Dakota Ripley and wife Vanessa of Glencoe, and Bowdie Ripley of Branson, MO; great-grandchildren, Theodore Gentry and Luther Ripley; and a number of cousins.

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    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 2:00pm
    Strode Funeral Home Chapel
    610 South Duncan Street
    Stillwater, OK 74074
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Donna Cook

Posted at 05:09pm
Sharlene, Lisa, D.J. and all.... I send my heartfelt sympathy at this most difficult and sad time. May God bless each of you with His peace that passes all our understanding and may He comfort your hearts with all the good memories y'all made together with Tammy. She was a lovely girl and I'm glad to have had her as part of my life, even tho we weren't as close as I would have liked. See you again one day, Tammy, and we'll enjoy all eternity where we'll know no sorrow and no more tears, only joy and peace forever.

Neta Hodges

Posted at 06:10pm
We were saddened to learn of Tammy's passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May God be with you all during your time of need. Neta Hodges & Retha Hodges

Toi Stokes

Posted at 08:24pm
Tammy brought so many memories to my life. I will never forget her. She is my sister by love.
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