Tamyra "Tami" Chaney, 59, Bunker Hill, went to be with our Lord Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, while at St. Vincent Kokomo.
Tami was preceded in death by her father, Waymon Ledbetter.
She is survived by her loving husband, Troy Chaney, Bunker Hill; daughters, Kristina Stinger, Tucson, Arizona, Brandi Moorman, Tucson, Arizona, Melissa (Grant) Nelson, Peru, and Beth Chaney, Peru; brothers, Ken (Debbie) Ledbetter, Converse, Tracy (Alison) Ledbetter, Nolansville, Tennessee; sister, Trisha Mounts, Commiskey; mother, Sandra Ledbetter, Commiskey; grandchildren, William, Cyrus, Leah, Ellie Jo, Claire, and Winslow; brothers-in-Law, Dean (Sharon) Chaney, Indianapolis, Mark (Rhonda) Chaney, Phoenix, Arizona; sister-in-law, Angie (Mark) Sanders, Kokomo. Tami also loved her many nieces and nephews and had a special relationship with her favorite aunt, Rhonda Harvey, Noblesville. She also had a best friend of many, many years, Rose Couch, Gas City.
Tami was born June 3, 1958, to Waymon and Sandra (Jackman) Ledbetter. She graduated from Oak Hill in 1976. On Jan. 13, 1978, she gave birth to a daughter, Kristina. She often reminisced about all the snow there was when she went to and from the hospital for Kris' birth. On Nov. 8, 1982, she gave birth to a second daughter, Brandi. On Jan. 25, 1990, Tami and Troy Chaney went on their first date. They married on the same date in 1997, and Tami gained two more daughters, Beth and Melissa.
In 2002, Tami and Troy moved to sunny Arizona and Tami loved it there. She loved the sunshine and the warmth and having a tan. While there, she worked for Gap Ministries, taking care of less fortunate children. In 2014 Troy and Tami moved back to Indiana so she could be closer to her ill father. Tami did not love the cold winters, but found warmth in spending time with her young granddaughters, Ellie, Claire, and Winny.
Tami worked many years for Peace & Plenty Catering with her friends Rose and Larry Couch and joined them again when she moved back to Indiana in 2014. Most recently Tami worked in the cafeteria at Maconaquah School Corp. She was treasured by all who came into contact with her.
Tami was an excellent wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, aunt, and friend. She also was the best cook and as quoted by daughter, Missy, "had the best snack drawer." Her favorite pastimes included spending time with her loved ones, cooking, baking, crafting, bargain-hunting, lying in the sunshine with an Eegee's frozen drink in Tucson, and attending church at Abundant Life Church with her husband, Troy. She and Troy also shared a passion for music. Tami always wore a smile, a sweater just in case, and carried a 44 ounce Diet Dr. Pepper.
Tami loved the beach and always dreamed of living on one. She had just told one of her daughters she knew God would have a sandy beach waiting for her and we can rest easy knowing she is on that sandy beach watching over us all.
Funeral services will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, at Abundant Life Church, 1025 E. 400 South, Kokomo, with Pastor Charlie Riley officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Abundant Life Church. Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory has been entrusted with funeral arrangements. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com.
Published on February 24, 2018