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Tanya M. Irwin, 39, Zionsville, passed peacefully in her home Thursday, May 18, 2017. She was born July 30, 1977, in Indianapolis, to Dan and Karen Wright. On March 18, 2000, she married Jeffrey W. Irwin in Indianapolis, and he survives.
Tanya attended Roncalli High School and was a member of the St. Jude Catholic Church while growing up. She was involved with the Dance Refinery and had a great passion for competitive dance. Tanya received her bachelor's degree from the University of Indianapolis in 1999 and was also a cheerleader for the Greyhounds.
Tanya worked the past 14 years at Purdue University in information technology. Outside of work, Tanya's passion was spending quality time with her two young daughters, her husband and close family. She was an avid fan of Walt Disney World, as the family enjoyed creating multiple memories at the happiest place on earth. Tanya cared for every person she came into contact with. She lived her life by her favorite saying, "Love me for who I am, not who I am not." Tanya was loved so much because she lived her life each day true to her own words. She loved everyone for who they were, not who they were not.
Tanya is survived by her husband of 17 years, Jeff Irwin; two daughters, Aliyah (5), and Avery Irwin (10); parents, Dan and Karen Wright; a brother, Derek (Tammy) Wright; and a sister, Trisha (Brad) Smith. Tanya is also survived by several nephews, nieces, her Aunt Marilyn and mother-in-law Mary Irwin.
Viewing services will be 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, at ARN Funeral and Cremation Services, 1411 N. Michigan Road, Zionsville. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 25, with Pastor Brad Pointer officiating. Cremation will follow services.
Memorial contributions may be made in Tanya's name to The Central Indiana Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 3500 Depauw Blvd., No. 2070, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Friends may leave a memory or message of condolence by visiting the online obituary at www.arnmortuary.com.
Published on May 21, 2017
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