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April 6, 2005

Tammy Lee Reece, age 46, died Thursday, March 24, 2005, at her home surrounded by her loved ones in Chino Valley. Tammy was born Jan. 8, 1959, in Compton, Calif., the daughter of Mrs. Gloria L. Woodroof of La Mirada, Calif. and Mr. Frank Clark of Chino Valley.

Tammy married her best friend, Mr. Vance Reece in 1978. They had a son, Dwayne and daughter, Gidget. After Tammy and Vance divorced, Tammy moved to Chino Valley with her children in Aug. 2000.

Tammy was an active member of the First Southern Baptist Church where she enjoyed teaching Sunday school and her Womens Bible Study group.

Tammy found a lump on her breast in Nov. 2000, and had a mastectomy in Jan. 2001, followed by chemo and radiation therapy. In 2003, her cancer metastasized. Over the last two years as Tammy bravely battled her cancer, her concerns were not of herself, but rather about her children and loved ones. Tammy knew her cancer was a test from God and she ultimately passed it with flying colors.

Tammy is survived by her son, Dwayne and grandson, Dylan of Southern California; her daughter, Gidget of Chino Valley; her sister and brother-in-law, Terry and Ben Gonzales; and niece, Karen of Phoenix; her brother, Russell and sister-in-law, Dina Woodroof and niece, Katie of La Mirada, Calif.; her cousin, Johnny Fisher of California; her aunt, Gladys Searles of California; her cousin, Bob Searles; her sister and brother-in-law, Ronda and Steve Mattern and niece, Kayla Stull and nephew, Nicholas Mattern of Prescott Valley; her sister, Yvonne McHenry and nephew, Joshua of Topeka, Kan.; her birth father and stepmother, Frank and Nancy Clark of Chino Valley; her adoptive father, Bob Fuller of Texas; her best friend and ex husband, Vance Reece of Hawarden, Iowa; and her other best friends, M. Jaye Denike and family of Chino Valley. Tammy was preceded in death by her mother, Gloria L. Woodroof; her grandmother, Anetta Fisher; her grandfather, Harry Fisher; and grandparents, Lewis and Eythel Clark of Prescott.

Funeral services were held at First Southern Baptist Church in Chino Valley, Saturday, March 26th, at 1 p.m., with Visitation. Additional services will be at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, Calif., on Monday, April 4th. Graveside services will be Tuesday, April 5th.

Chino Valley Funeral Home is caring for the family.

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