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Tammy Fariss Tammy Fariss died peacefully at home on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 surrounded by her family. Tammy was born January 5, 1943 to Lois Evelyn and H. L. "Red" Cooper in Austin, TX. She grew up in Austin and attended Maplewood Elementary, University Junior High and Austin High School. Throughout her youth, she was an active member of Asbury Methodist church. At Austin High, she met her lifelong love, Don Gary Fariss, whom she married on June 29, 1962. Tammy attended the University of Texas from 1962-1966 and received a Bachelor of Science degree, a Master of Education degree, and a Special Education Teaching Certification. Her career as a special education teacher began at the Austin State School where she made lifelong friends among the staff and students. After teaching at the State School, she began her work with Project PREM (Preparing Regular Educators for Mainstreaming) where she and her colleagues wrote the book on adapting lessons for students of differing abilities. She put her career on hold to raise her two children, Christie Michelle and Gary Brent. She returned to the workforce in her new career as a Realtor. Licensed in 1979, Tammy sold real estate in Austin and served the Realtor community on the Ethics Board and as a member of Small Office Realtors. Her career in real estate spanned more than 30 years. She built her own small business, Tammy Fariss, Realtors, which continues today through her son, Brent Fariss. Tammy loved to travel and journeyed throughout the world. Her favorite trips were to Africa, where she rode camels around the pyramids, straddled the Equator, dined on the Blue Train, bagged a sable and a zebra, and took beautiful photos of an exquisite landscape. She traveled to Africa twice, once to shoot animals with cameras, and once to shoot with cameras and rifles. Her favorite destination, however, was Port Aransas, TX. An avid beachcomber, Tammy never left the beach without first finding a sand dollar. Tammy contributed to the beauty of the beach through many Adopt-a-Beach trash pick-ups. She attended as many owner's meetings, Sand Castle Fests and Pig Parties as she could manage. Family and friends have many fond memories of fun times at Coral Cay and Gulf Shores. Tammy will be missed by friends and family. She was a friend to so many. She will most especially be missed by her husband of 50 years, Don Fariss. She is survived by her father, H. L. "Red" Cooper; her children, Christie Michelle and her husband, Joel Manners, and Gary Brent Fariss and his wife, Cathy Fariss; her grandchildren, Gabriel and Sean Manners and Vincent and Olivia Fariss; her brothers, James Cooper and his wife Ellen, and Terry Cooper and his wife, Cheryl; her sister-in-law, Mary Fariss, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Punit Chada and his staff at Texas Oncology South for their gentle and knowledgeable care during Tammy's illness, to Dr. Sami Aboumatar for his consistent and creative care, and to Hospice Austin for their care of our family during the last few months, and all the friends and family members who have been a source of great support during Tammy's life and through her recent illness. There are too many to name here. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 o'clock in the morning at Northwest Hills Methodist Church on Saturday, September 29, 2012. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Animal Rehabilitation Keep in Port Aransas, Marywood Child and Family Services or HAAM, the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Sept. 22, 2012
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