|Birth: ||Dec. 6, 1970|
|Death: ||Aug. 28, 1974|
San Joaquin County
Tamara Lynn Johnson was born in 1970 and was a beautiful little girl full of life and tenacity. She was the daughter of Sandra and Jim Johnson of Amador County, and the sister to Janelle (who was only 6 years old at the time of Tammy's death). Sadly, due to a terrible car accident on Jack Tone Road (intersection of Jack Tone Road and Baker) on the way to Modesto, an older lady ran into their truck, flipping it and killing Tammy instantly.
Due to their injuries, Sandra, Jim and Janelle were hospitalized and unable to tend to the affairs of Tammy's burial. What had happened was that my grandmother thought she paid for cremation and internment in a crypt. I believe that someone in the cemetery must have pocketed the money because Tammy was only cremated and no one ever notified my grandmother or any one else in the family that her remains were supposed to be picked up (because Grandma paid for her internment). Since they had left the area and didn't live there, Tammy sat in storage all these years and no one ever knew.
At one point my mother finally went looking for Tammy's grave/crypt but no cemetery knew about her. The hospital made a comment that more than likely her ashes were dumped into a community nitch and forgotten. My mom was devastated, all those years she didn't have the emotional strength to visit the grave and then when she finally came to see it, to learn that her daughter's remains were lost was too much for her. Since my mom thought her ashes were gone forever, she never thought to investigate it further, due to it being too painful for her.
I learned of this story as a child and always wanted closure. At one point we called around asking to know where she was, and they told us that she wasn't in the various cemeteries in the County, the hospital purged all their records as well, and another time the cemetery (where she is at) told us that their records showed that "family had picked up her remains". We knew no one had really done that, so where Tammy was became an even weirder mystery.
After my extensive research and the help of fellow FINDAGRAVE contributer Roland Boulware, he was able to locate the funeral home that had taken her body for cremation, and finally get the name of the cemetery that took her remains. He went down there and made the cemetery pull her records and found that she was in fact in a storage unit on their property that visitors cannot get to.
We will eventually be able to bring Tammy home now, and properly bury her finally after 40 years.
There isn't a large enough scale that could measure,
The love in our hearts,
That remains to this day,
We will see you again Tammy,
For the Bible promises there is a way!"-
Love your baby sister, J'aime
Park View Cemetery and Funeral Home
San Joaquin County
Created by: J. Rubio
Record added: Aug 28, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 96147663