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Tammy Hakes

March 2, 2021
Kalamazoo, MI

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Hakes, Tammy Lorraine Tammy L. Hakes, 60, of Kalamazoo, MI passed away on March 2, 2021. Tammy was born on January 28, 1961 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Howard Miles Hakes and Judith Ann (Burgess) Nielsen. Tammy was as social of a person as they come. Her life was filled with many friends and family members who loved her playful and talkative nature. Her mother Judy would say "she loved the sound of her own voice." Always speaking her mind, it was as easy to get caught on the sharp end as it was to be showered with love, adoration, and laughter. Her sing-song tone will forever ring in our ears as we remember our friend, sister, cousin and aunt. Tammy was a savvy career woman spending the bulk of her career dedicated to mortgage brokering, most recently with Apollo Home Mortgage. She loved bird watching, decorating, and staging houses. Her love of cooking came from her mother, who she always credited as the best cook in the world. Tammy loved spending time with friends; watching football, kayaking, playing cards or a nice evening at the firepit in her backyard. Tammy made family of her friends and children of her nieces and nephews. The bond of three sisters is as sweet as it is sincere. Surviving are two sisters; Tracy Steffler and Terri Stephney. The rebellious trio, often referred to as the Hakes Girls from Kalamazoo, were prone to seeking fun, playing cards, talking late into the night and 'laughing ugly' as their mother would say. Tammy always said she picked the best two brothers-in-law: Mike Steffler and Clifton Stephney. Also surviving are many nephews, nieces, great nephews, great nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceded in death by her father Howard M. Hakes and mother Judith A. Nielson. The family would like to give a special thanks to those who provided additional care and support: Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, Bronson Commons, Home Sweet Home In-Home Care, Living Waters AFC, plus wonderful neighbors and many close friends. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be scheduled late spring. Memorial contributions in Tammy's memory may be made to West Michigan Cancer Center, 200 N Park St., Kalamazoo MI 49007 (www.wmcc.org) or to Living Water AFC, 807 Witters Ct., Portage, MI 49024.