Tammy Ruth Armbruster, a disabled Marine Corps Veteran, passed away on Saturday, December 31, 2022 surrounded by her family and friends after an aggressive and relatively quick battle with cancer. Sadly she had no life insurance for her family of 4. Her husband of 27 years is currently self employed as a contractor and has been unable to work while caring for his beloved wife during her battle. Their daughter has been working overtime at Chick-fil-a to support the family. All of their savings have been depleted from the out of pocket expenses and massive bills during her hospital stays. While the VA helped with some of the last few days of her life, they did not authorize anything prior. The medical bills are still rolling in as the family prepares to say goodbye to an amazing woman. Tammy served our country, our youth and our Lord her entire life. Her volunteer hours often exceeded a full time job. Please help this family with medical bills, rent, food and burial services. We all know this time in a marriage, a life, is hard enough. Trying to juggle to loss of a soul-mate while faced with an insurmountable pile of bills can be overwhelming. Her husband Steve, also a Marine Corps Veteran, needs our help. Please read below the incredible life of Tammy Armbruster and join me to help her family through the next few months. Thank you and God Bless.
Tammy was born on January 13, 1966 in Belleville, Illinois. She graduated from Highland Park High School in Chicago in 1984, and Savannah State College in 1989 with a degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Forensics. While going through college she joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1986. Tammy served during Desert Storm and her unit was in the process of activation to transport to Saudi Arabia when hostilities ended. After 5 years in the Reserves, she transferred to Active Duty and shipped out to serve at Okinawa Japan. Tammy served 2 years in Okinawa and then received orders to Twentynine Palms, California. At Twentynine Palms, she met Steve and after a whirlwind 5 week engagement in 1995, they were married at the Base Chapel. Tammy left the Marines at the end of her enlistment in 1996 as a Sergeant, having received a Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Marine Corps Reserve Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, a Meritorious Unit Commendation, and a Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. Tammy moved to Austin, Texas with her husband in the summer of 1996 and was led of God to join House of the Lord Fellowship Church. She became a faithful member and worker in the church, working in the Nursery, Children’s Church, Sunday Classes, Bookstore and in the Guardian Program to ensure a safe environment for our children. Tammy also served as an Armor Bearer for our First Lady and served all of the ministers who came to minister in the church.
In 1999 and again in 2001, her heart’s desire was fulfilled when Tammy gave birth to her two children, William and Tara. She faithfully homeschooled both of them from kindergarten through high school, becoming a mentor for other young mothers getting started in homeschooling. And even after the graduation of both children, she stayed active and involved in RRHOME, a group of Christian homeschooling moms, in mentoring and helping new homeschool moms go through the challenges of homeschooling.
As if that wasn’t enough, in 2012, she was one of the founders of the Georgetown Vacation Liberty School. VLS is a summer camp program designed to teach our youths about the founding of our country and their responsibility in maintaining this great Republic.
Tammy also served during elections, first at a polling location on Election Day and then finally moving over to Ballot Board where she supervised the processing of all Mail in Ballots and Provisional Ballots for every election. She refused to sit out the November 2022 election even while fighting pain and discomfort from her health struggles.
Tammy is survived by her husband of 27 years Steve, her son William and her daughter Tara, brothers Jim, Timothy, Terry and Daniel, and sisters Trish and Tammy Beth, Uncle Michael and countless cousins, nieces and nephews.
Her impact on the people’s lives can never be measured and she will be greatly missed by all who met her and that she ministered to. Hers was a life well lived and well loved.