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Obituary - Tamaria Dawn Munguia Yelvington


Last updated 10/15/2021 at 10:34am

Tamaria Yelvington

Tami was born April 13, 1961, in Great Falls, MT. She was the middle child with an older brother Ricardo & a younger brother Roberto. She grew up in a close Christian home learning Bible principles and an appreciation for the beauty of creation as the family enjoyed their frequent camping trips to the Beartooth Mountains south of Red Lodge with family & friends.

From a young age, she was interested in the legal profession. During her Senior year in high school she was happy to work for Willis & Blair Jones at the Jones Law Firm. In time she was married & gave her full attention to raising her son Brandon. She returned to work when Herbergers opened a store downtown in the previous Hart Albin location. She stayed with the company when they relocated to Rimrock Mall & in time she moved into a management position. However her ongoing interest in the legal profession prompted her to apply for a position with Attorney Fred Snodgrass & she was so pleased when she was hired. Her career with Fred Law Firm was just what she wanted. She worked hard, studied and became a Paralegal. For the last 12 years she enjoyed going to her office even after her illness and COVID-19 made that difficult. She was still employed there when she passed away. A close bond had developed with the Snodgrass family, Fred, his wife, Judge Jeanne Walker, & their children Regan & Remington. Their kind support for Tami especially as her illness progressed will always be remembered & appreciated by her family.

Tami enjoyed watching sports on TV and created some great memories with her son Brandon when they flew to Denver to attend Colorado Avalanche & Denver Broncos games. She watched tennis with her Dad & had definite favorite players.

Tami was diagnosed with stage four cancer five years & four months ago. Her constant smiles & her endurance in coping with the indignities & affects of her treatments were amazing. Tami will be remembered for her positive attitude & spiritual strength. She did not want anyone to be sad or feel sorry for her. Tami was baptized in her late teens as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. Her strong Christian faith carried her through the bad days & her Bible-based hope for the future gave her the strength to stay positive. Despite her illness she never missed her weekly Bible education meetings.

Interestingly, in March of 2020 due to COVID-19 these meetings went virtual on Zoom. Now she could attend the meeting in Havre MT with her brother Rob & his wife Penny on Tuesdays. That congregation welcomed her with open arms, enjoying her smile & her expressions of faith. She developed close friendships there this last year. On Wednesday she would use Zoom to attend the meeting in Sarasota Florida with her Mom & Dad & the many friends she met on her frequent visits to see her parents. Thursday evening she could zoom in locally, where she had life-long friends. She also continued to share actively in the Christian ministry by writing scriptural letters of encouragement to people in the community until the week before she passed away. Tami enjoyed knitting & many friends have afghans she made with love for them. She also enjoyed children & they responded to her sincere interest in them & became her friends. They will miss her attention & conversations.

Tami was grateful for the care she received these last five years from Dr. Troy Fiddler & Dr. Frank Lamm and the many kind technicians at the St. Vincent Frontier Cancer Canter. Her family adds their thanks.

Tami was able to spend her last weeks at home as her brother Rob & sister-in-law Penny cared for her with help & guidance from the kind professionals from RiverStone Hospice.

Tami passed away October 10th 2021.

Although our hearts are breaking we share Tami's faith in Gods promise at John 5:28-29 for a resurrection of our lost loved ones under the Kingdom arrangement Jesus taught us to pray for in the Lord's Prayer. Then as Revelation 21:4 explains there will be no more tears, no death & no more cancer!

Tami was predeceased by her infant brother Timothy & her older brother Rick Munguia.

She is survived by her beloved son, Brandon Yelvington; her brother Rob Munguia & sister-in-law Penny of Havre, MT, and her parents Frank & Kay Lee Munguia of Sarasota Florida.

We will honor Tami's request for no memorial service.


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