Age 62 of Gardner passed away Monday, November 2, 2020 at the Joliet Area Community Hospice Home.
Born April 3, 1958 in Assumption, Illinois, Tammy Ellen was a daughter of Kermit and Gertrude (nee Walker) Stokes. She was raised and educated in Assumption, and graduated from Assumption High School with the Class of 1976. Tammy attended the University of Saint Francis in Joliet and earned her Bachelor's degree in social work. On June 13, 1981, she married Patrick Kevin Cardwell at Saint Mary Nativity Catholic Church in Joliet.
Tammy worked for many years at Gardner Grade School as a paraprofessional with the Grundy County Special Education Cooperative. She had a quick-witted sense of humor that was instantly recognizable to anyone she met, and enjoyed playing pool and singing karaoke. Tammy loved spending time outside tending to her flower garden and relaxing in her pool. She had a sizeable collection of angels, and took great pleasure in reading a good book.
Survivors include her husband of thirty-nine years, Patrick Cardwell of Gardner, two sons: Brandon (Dawn) Cardwell and Kyle Cardwell, both of Gardner; one grandson, Lee Cardwell of Gardner, one sister, Carol (Lyle) Giles of Assumption, one brother-in-law, Terry (Barb) Cardwell of Carlyle, Illinois, and several nieces and nephews.
Tammy was preceded in death by her parents, one granddaughter, Alex Cardwell, and five brothers: Kermit, Greg, John, Robert, and Roger Stokes.
Per Tammy's wishes, cremation rites are being accorded, and a memorial service is being arranged for a later date.
Family and friends are encouraged to sign the online guest book, upload photographs, and share Tammy's memorial page by logging onto: www.ReevesFuneral.com.
Cremation services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Coal City (815) 634-2125.