Tammie VanMilligen-Cruz, of Utica, passed away in her sleep Christmas morning. Tammie was born March 14, 1969, at Ireland Army Hospital in Fort Knox to Cornelius VanMilligen (Neal) and Judy Carol Stone. She graduated from Apollo High School and attended Western Kentucky University. Tammie had been married for 12 years to her loving husband, Cristobal Cruz Ramirez. Tammie loved people and would be your best friend. She was always happy and brought joy to those around her. She loved her son beyond measure. Besides her husband, Tammie is survived by her parents; her son, Zachary Taylor of Austin, Texas; her sister, Jennifer Tanis of California; and numerous nieces and nephews. Miller Schapmire Funeral Home is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mrs. VanMilligen. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Tammie VanMilligen at www.millerschapmire.com

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  1. Tammie was a sweet pre-teen when I met her. She was joyful and always smiling. It has been so many years since I have seen her but my memories of that little girl’s smile will be with me forever. Beth

  2. Neal,
    I remember the first time I saw Tammie. You had recently moved to Owensboro and she was in a stroller pushed by you. You and Judy had come to a barbeque picnic. I remember her as a happy smiling little girl. On occasions when she called for you fro

  3. Tammie was friendly to everyone, no matter their income, social status,etc. This stood out especially in middle school when the rest of us were not so concerned with welcoming others. I’ll always remember Tammie’s kindness to all the kids at school.

  4. Tammie, May your soul soar among the heavens. Until we see you again, many prayers rest with your family, friends and loved ones. John & Pamela Bishop Maske (AHS Class of 1989 & 1987).

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