Tammy Teas Dies

Tammy Noreen Teas, 45, passed away in a Seattle Hospice on May 5, 2006, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

She was born to Herbert and Noreen Keller Teas on August 14, 1960, in Tonasket, WA. The family moved from Oroville to East Wenatchee in 1966, where she entered first grade at Grant School. She graduated Eastmont High School as co-valedictorian in 1978. Her first foreign adventure was a trip to Japan for winning an essay contest sponsored by the Washington Council on International Trade. Tammy took a scholarship to Oberlin College in Ohio in 1978 where she double-majored in Economics and Russian and Soviet Studies, spending one summer in Russian Language immersion at Norwich University in Vermont. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Oberlin College 1982. For her graduate degree, Tammy won another scholarship to Kellogg Graduate School of Management in Evanston, IL, graduating with a Master's degree in Business Administration. After a productive marketing career with Chemical Bank in New York, Proctor & Gamble in Cincinnati and finally Microsoft in Redmond, Tammy retired to become a world traveler in her mid 30's.

She spent the last ten years of her life visiting the 'Stans, Russia, Africa, India Bhutan, Mongolia, China and Europe, as well as visiting Antarctica on a Russian icebreaker. Tammy studied, collected and designed textile patterns and brought back many unique ideas and ethnic patterns from her travels to use in her second career in artistic design. Tammy sought to leave a small footprint on the earth, to travel lightly on its surface. She approached the people and places of this planet with exuberance and grace touching many hearts and enriched many lives. On each continent, there is someone who feels the weight of her passing. Tammy is survived by her parents in East Wenatchee; sister Laurie Teas in Tacoma; financé, Andrew Faber in Seattle; six uncles, Herbert Keller (Phyllis), Powell River, BC, John Teas (Sonja) Sitka, AK, Bob Teas (Myrtle) Tacoma, Frank Teas (Pat) Chehalis, Tom Teas (Cathy) & Roy Teas, (Rita) Oroville, WA. Also three aunts, Viola Biech, Oliver, BC, Evelyn Lode (Bill) Prince George, BC, Esther Selking (Norb) Fox Lake, IL; plus numerous cousins.