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Tamara “Tam” Hanson (née Odell) was peacefully called home to be with her Lord on Thursday, April 21, 2022, under hospice care in the home of her sister and brother-in-law in Augusta, Ga., one day after her 67th birthday. Tam was born in Iowa City, Iowa, to Shirlee (née Akers) and Robert Dean Odell on April 20, 1955.
She spent her first 12 years in West Liberty, Iowa, and her teenage and early adult years in Iowa City. She had a brief marriage to Richard Glenn Evers Jr. She later met and married Jerry Joe Hanson on Oct. 15, 1976. They spent most of their married life in Floresville, Texas.
Tam completed courses in medical terminology with distinction and dearly loved being a medical transcriptionist. She especially enjoyed the many years she taught medical billing and coding and took pride in the fact that her students went on to do meaningful work.
Tam lived an active life full of volunteering, learning, and creativity. She took classes in painting, drawing, and selfdefense, volunteered for a cat sterilization program, and was a tireless sponsor/volunteer for the Floresville AA chapter. She was an avid sewing enthusiast and took up quilting, being part of several quilting groups in San Antonio and Floresville. She took pleasure in playing the piano and various other instruments. Tam was a faithful pen pal, enjoyed Bible studies, and was devoted to helping anyone in need. She was an active member of Floresville United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Joe Hanson, (Oct. 25, 2017); her father, Robert Dean Odell; her grandparents; and aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Tamara is survived by her mother, Shirlee Odell of Augusta; sister Kelly Odell and brother-in-law James Anderson of Augusta; sister Holly Odell of Nashville, Tenn.; aunt Anna Asch of West Bend, Wis.; aunt Libby Akers of Atlanta; aunt and uncle Dianne and Gene Paetz of Prescott, Ariz.; son Richard “Ricky” Glenn Evers III; numerous cousins; many friends; and her beloved cat, Midnight.
The family would like to extend their appreciation for the compassionate care given to Tam by Transcend Hospice of San Antonio, and Affinis Hospice of Augusta.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 11, at 11 a.m. in the Floresville United Methodist Church in Floresville.
A memorial service in celebration of Tam’s life will be held on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. in the church.
Lunch will follow immediately in the church fellowship hall.
Memorial donations may be made to the Floresville Food Pantry, P.O. Box 372, Floresville, TX 78114.