Born October 10, 1937, in Butte, MT, to Donald and Deborah Canaan, Tamara passed away from medical complications on December 21, 2020. She attended elementary school in Avon, MT, and high school in Deer Lodge. She attended University in Missoula and trained as a court reporter. She practiced her court reporter career in Missoula, Santa Cruz, CA, and Helena. A co-worker wrote at her retirement: “Well done! A good and faithful public servant, your loyalty, dedication, and hard work have been an inspiration to the entire staff. Congratulations on having completed many years of exemplary service to the court.”
During her retirement, she enjoyed her home in Helena with her flowers and animals, and some wonderful friends and neighbors. She was a faithful contributor to many worthwhile causes.
Tamara was preceded in death by her parents. She had no other family or relatives.
No services will be held. She will be laid to rest at Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge during a private service.
Please visit below to offer a condolence or share a memory of Tamara. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Tamara.
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Beth Baker says
Though the obituary doesn’t mention it, Tami was the Chief Deputy Clerk of Court in the United States Diatrict Court for the Helena Division for many years. I had the pleasure of working with her during that time. She was a devoted public servant and a kind and helpful colleague. Tami was even more devoted to caring for her mother and to her loving dogs. I am glad to have known her.
Alana LaRock says
I also worked with Tami in the Federal Building in Butte. We have exchanged Christmas cards for years up until last year. She was a wonderful person, kind and thoughtful. I do hope her doggy is being cared for. God Bless You Tami.
Diane Jackson says
I, too, worked with Tami at the United States District Court in Helena for many years. She was so devoted to her mother, her precious pets, and her work. She will be missed by her many friends. RIP, Tami.
Sharon Meyer says
I met and got to know Tami while her and my Mom were at Hunter’s Pointe, Mom and Tami were best buds while living there, where one was the other was there too as well as Danny, Tami’s faithful dog, my Mom loved Danny like he was her dog. God bless you Tami and may you RIP, you are now home and no longer in pain. It was a pleasure to know you.