Tamara S. Cullen, age 61, of Atlantic, passed away on Monday, January 30, 2023, at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, IA surrounded by her family.
Tammy was born November 14, 1961, in Greenfield, IA to Lloyd Krause and Sharon (Krause) Wolford. She was a 1980 graduate of Anita High School. On August 20, 1982, she married her high school sweetheart and love of her life, Mike Cullen at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Anita. Tammy owned and operated Cullen & Associates for many years and was a supporter and pillar in the Atlantic community.
Tammy was a wife, mother, sister, friend, aunt, and grandma. She loved her family fiercely. They meant everything to her. She had two children and seven grandchildren. They were her pride and joy. Tammy loved running her business. She cared deeply for her clients and often provided advice well beyond the realm of insurance. She loved working day to day alongside her family. She was passionate about politics and never backed down from a debate at the office. She cared deeply about the future of her kids and grandkids and never wavered in her convictions. Tammy said it like it was.
Tammy was an inspiration to many. Despite a life-changing car accident in 2003, she accepted the challenges that she faced head-on. She led by example and never complained. Despite her challenges, she was often the one who gave advice, mentored, and shared positivity with others. She was a true example of strength and perseverance.
Tammy was preceded in death by her father Lloyd Krause and stepfather George Marnin; father-in-law Phil Cullen.
She is survived by her husband, Mike; her two children, Chris (Nicole) Cullen, and Kylie (Chris) Schmitz; 7 grandchildren, Alexa Jones, Lincoln, and Laina Cullen, Hudson, Camden, Ainsley, and Jaxson Schmitz; her mother, Sharon Wolford; brothers, Scott (Stephanie) Marnin, George (Pam) Marnin; sister, Collette Marnin; her mother-in-law Ruth Cullen; brother-in-law Mitch Cullen; and many other family members and friends who loved her dearly.
A celebration of Tammy's life, friends and relatives are welcome to stop and visit on Sunday, February 5, 2023, from 1-4 p.m. at the Atlantic Golf and Country Club.
Private interment will take place at the Atlantic Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to the Cullen Family; they will be designated to many of Tammy’s favorite local charities and events. They may be mailed to the Schmidt Family Funeral Home P.O. Box 523, Atlantic, IA 50022.
Condolences may be left at www.schmidtfamilyfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are handled with the Schmidt Family Funeral Home of Atlantic, IA.