In Loving Memory of

Tammy Jane Sullivan-Paxson


Tammy Jane Sullivan-Paxson, aged 56, of Gainesville, Florida departed this world May 24, 2019.  She is survived by her daughter, Margaret Anne Paxson, and her son, John Anthony Paxson, also of Gainesville, her parents Mary Anne and Anthony Collura of The Villages, and her devoted service dog Buster. Tammy also leaves behind hundreds of school aged children who she read to and educated as a volunteer in the Alachua County Public School system since 1995.  A lover of all things natural and oceanic, Tammy enjoyed sharing her love of marine life and the ocean as a volunteer educator and spent more than a decade as a Girl Scout troop leader and mentor.  Among other accolades, Tammy was a Terwilliger Elementary Volunteer of the Year, an honored volunteer by the Ronald McDonald House of Gainesville, and a loving wife and mother.  With her passing she joins her beloved husband and companion, Professor James John Paxson, who passed away in 2011.  Tammy was generous with her time and effort, and always wanted to make others comfortable before herself.  Her family is devastated at her loss, and asks that in lieu of flowers, donations in remembrance be made to the Alachua County Humane Society, where she adopted her faithful service animal prior to his training.

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  1. Caroline Sargent & Family at · Reply

    Mary Ann, Tony, Maggie and John sending our prayers and love to all. Caroline & family

  2. Gene and Beverly Ryerson, neighbors at · Reply

    We are so sad to hear of Tammy’s passing, as we were of Jim’s as well. Maggie and John, your mother was a wonderful person and we are so sorry for your loss. Mary Anne and Tony, it so sad to lose a child, especially one like Tammy. We can see where Maggie and John got their love of animals; Maggie helped us find our lost cat once. We will remember Tammy with affection.

  3. Kirsten Flamand at · Reply

    Another example of Tammy’s generosity was the many hours she spent over several years as the dedicated Booster treasurer for the BHS Debate Team. I truly appreciated her support and her gentle, wonderful attitude. It was always so obvious how much she loved her kids, and how much she cared about their school activities and their success. She had such a big heart.

  4. Jamie Bieger at · Reply

    I am devastated to hear of Tammy’s passing. I was Buster’s groomer and Tammy’s friend. I was unaware that this it happened and I attempted to call her because I hadn’t seen Buster. Tammy was a fantastic person and was a good friend to my husband and I. I will miss her very very much. Please give Buster my love. I apologize for the late condolences but please know she is in my heart and I wish the best for her family.

  5. Jon at · Reply

    I cut Tammy grass for several years. She was a wonderful person. Sorry to see she is now gone.

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