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Tammy Kay Mcclure

October 6, 1958 - July 1, 2008

SPRINGFIELD – Tammy Kay McClure, 49, of Springfield died Tuesday, July 1, 2008, in Springfield.

Tammy was born Oct. 6, 1958, in Quincy, the daughter of Alfred and Kay Marquardt. Tammy married Steve McClure Oct. 24, 1981.

She is survived by her husband, Steve, and children, Katie, Steven and Matthew. She is also survived by her mother, Kay Marquardt; sister, Tara Powers (husband, Jeff); four nieces; and two nephews.

Tammy was loved by all who knew her. She was a warm and caring person with a wonderful sense of humor who loved her family and friends dearly.

Tammy graduated from Quincy University in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in business management. Upon graduation, she was one of eight people personally interviewed and selected by Gov. Jim Thompson to a newly established Governor’s Executive Fellowship Program in Springfield, and that is where she met her future husband. She went on to become the director of personnel under Secretary of State Jim Edgar and later served as the deputy director of human resources for Central Management Services when Edgar became governor. Tammy took an early retirement in 2003.

In retirement she served on the board of the Cobblestone Neighborhood Association. She also volunteered for the Animal Protective League because of her deep compassion for animals. Though Tammy was a lifelong nonsmoker, she was active in the LUNGevity Foundation, which is an organization dedicated to finding a cure for lung cancer. She was also an avid follower of politics and the current presidential election.

However, Tammy’s true pride and joy in life was her children, which included her fourth child, Izzy, the family dog (adopted through APL). She loved cheering her boys on at their wrestling matches and shopping as a sport with her daughter. Tammy always knew how to find a good deal. She and her husband set a goal to take the kids to all 50 states and they made it to 48. She loved to travel with her family, but most of all she loved spending time with them. Tammy will be dearly missed.

The family is holding a private memorial service at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Donations may be made in Tammy’s name to the Animal Protective League, 1001 Taintor Road, Springfield, IL 62702, the LUNGevity Foundation, http://events.lungevity.org/goto/Tammy.McClure and Westminster Presbyterian Church, 533 S. Walnut St., Springfield, IL 62704.

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