Teachers donate backpacks filled with school supplies at their colleague’s funeral

One teacher from Cumming, Georgia, “lived life by loving others” and dedicated herself to helping children in need, even during her final moments.

On June 9, Tammy Waddell, 58, a former Forsyth elementary school teacher and paraprofessional, passed away after a long battle with stomach cancer.

Even when facing death, Tammy, a dedicated educator for 30 years, remained true to her passion—doing her utmost to help needy students.

In her obituary, she made one final request: “In lieu of flowers, please bring backpacks filled with school supplies to honor Tammy’s passion for children in need.”

Tammy’s last request was met with an outpouring of support.

At her funeral service, 100 teachers attended as honorary pallbearers, and dozens of donated backpacks filled with school supplies lined the church pews.

Tammy’s cousin, Brad Johnson, tweeted a photo of this touching sight with the caption, “A teacher to the end.”

Johnson’s heartfelt tweet was shared more than 3,800 times, receiving praises from many online users.

Tammy’s humble request has inspired people across the globe, from as far as the United Kingdom.

Alluding to Tammy’s request, her son, Kevin Waddell, was not surprised.

“She lived life by loving others and she was never worried about attention … she was just focused on the love,” Kevin told Good Morning America.

Tammy was truly an inspiring lady with a kind and caring heart.

“Tammy was an outstanding educator, but, more importantly, she was a beautiful person. As exemplified by her request, she modeled every day the “Live to Give” mindset,” wrote Superintendent of Forsyth County Schools Dr. Jeff Bearden on Twitter.

It goes to show that you never know what impact you may have in other people’s lives. In Tammy’s case, it’s obvious she touched the hearts of many.

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Source: ABC News.

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