Theresa Tamminga

Theresa (Tree) Lois age 44 from Pitt Meadows BC, suddenly taken from us Tuesday July 15, 2014. Theresa was born February 13, 1970 in Surrey BC. A quirky, vibrant strong-willed woman, Tree is survived by her 4 wonderful children Dryw Paulic, Megan Paulic, Rachelle Paulic and Niamh Tamminga-Ritchey. Theresa will also be missed by her family including her 4 brothers Roland, Philip, Patrick and Peter, her 5 sisters Anna, Doris, Christina, Tracey and Angela, stepfather Arnold and her special man Edmund. Theresa will also be sorely missed by her 11 nieces and nephews who are all deeply hurt by the loss.

Theresa was active on social media with her group of friends called the January Moms who, despite being located all over the world were all profoundly affected by Theresa’s love and passing. Theresa was an avid reader who was happiest with a book and a cup of tea on a rainy day. An artist in the making, she tried her hand at many art projects with some success (Ukrainian Easter eggs) and some laughter (paint by numbers/Pictionary). Her nickname ‘Tree’ evolved from her love of the outdoors and her affinity for trees. Her love of nature was most evident during her time working at Rolley Lake where she showed fearlessness in the face of wild animals and wild campers.

Theresa was a beautiful woman who showed and gave her love freely and never left a doubt who was important to her. Her passing has left a massive hole in the lives of the people she left behind but the love and memories of her will last a lifetime. Family and friends would like to thank everyone for their love, support and well wishes.

The family is asking that anyone who so wishes may bring some personal thoughts or memories that they would like to share and help us all remember Theresa for the loving and amazing woman she was. Drop in service will be held Friday July 25, 2014 from 1pm to 3pm at Garden Hill Funeral Home, Maple Ridge BC.

In lieu of flowers the family is asking that donations be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association.

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  1. barry lindgren

    deeply saddened by this news

  2. Anne and Peter De Bruyne

    We are so sad….we are praying for all of you that the God of love may give all of you the strength and peace…..

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. My heart aches for all of you. I only met Theresa a few times many years ago and I was pleased to learn more about her.
    Your Mom was like a sister to me and she showed me unconditional love. In fact she is the only person who ever named a child after me, Theresa Lois. It was such an honor, I remember the day like yesterday. You are an amazing family and I know that you will find new strength through this tragedy.
    My thoughts and prayers will be with your family through this difficult time.
    With much love,
    Aunt Lois & Uncle John

  4. My sincerest condolences to Trees family, Dryw,Megan,Rachelle and Niamh. Also to all her brothers and sister and her partner Edmond,of several years.. Tree was such a kind and loving person.She always had a beautiful smile on her face and sweet things to say.I always enjoyed her company when we got to visit.She had a great sense of humor and a Great love for her children and her cats.She will be sadly missed by many people. Rest In Peace my Dear friend…….Jo

  5. Dearest loved ones,

    I pray for your comfort and peace in the terrible time of mourning. May Tree’s light ever shine brightly in the hearts of those she touched. The very touching story of Theresa’s life has opened a window into the beauty that she shared with the world, I pray that this is what you are left feeling- all of the beauty still left in her absence. You have all of my love and my most sincere condolences, I am so deeply sorry for your loss.

    Ashley Shruga and Family
    (Grand daughter of Lois and John Heerema, Daughter of Amy and Kevin Williams)

  6. Jennifer Johnson

    What a beautiful tribute to Tree! Corinne, Paula and I were just remembering our high school days with Tree and Angie in the “Smoke Pit”. We looked so young! Tree always had a gorgeous smile on her face! I feel so lucky to have known both Tree and Angie and to have spent time at your home! I am thinking of all of you at this time and especially praying for her kids! Jen

  7. Melanie Gaudet (nee Clarke)

    I remember Tree from school. She had a bubbly , quirky personality…the kind of person who I always wanted to know more. She had a smile that kinda lured you in… I am upset by her death although I didn’t know her well, I feel her kindred spirit. I feel very very sad for her children and family. May they find strength and peace in their journey ahead. Melanie

  8. Andrea Murphy-Stockall

    we wish to send our condolences to Trees family, I remember her from High school laughing and smiling. To young to be taken, may she rest in peace

  9. Oscar & Lee Arcala

    To Dryw, Megan, Rachelle, & Niamh
    Please accept our deepest sympathy. Your mother’s greatest legacy is her four wonderful children. Always remember that her love will be with you forever.
    Oscar & Lee

  10. Pam and Bill Bedore

    Pat, So very sorry to hear about your sister. Hugs to all. See you soon.

    Love you guys.

  11. My deepest sympathy to all who loved Tree. She was a beautiful light in my life and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to know her, if only for fourteen short years. Her wit, charm, humor and kindness will be missed dearly. Lisa, a January mom

  12. Allison Peterson

    I am very sorry for the loss of Tree. I am from Conneautville Pennsylvania. I loved her pictures she took and the wisdom she shared. She will be missed and will never be forgotten.

    -Allison Peterson

  13. So very very sorry to hear of your precious loss. I have fond memories of you all playing on our street as little kids and us living in that little house on the old 267th property where you all grew up….may our Lord comfort you at this sad time…..

  14. Sara Bennett Fox

    Dear Tamminga Family:

    I am so very sorry for your loss and the pain you are feeling now.

    My most vivid memory of Tree is an old one. I had driven out to the farm to visit Anna. We then went to visit Theresa, Dryw and Megan. I don’t think Rachelle had been born yet. Tree was sitting at a table, the two children were playing happily nearby, and she was beautiful and calm. I only had one child at that time and I never felt beautiful let alone calm, so I was so impressed with her and I wondered how could she do it?

    That is my clearest memory of your beloved Tree. I will never forget her.


    Sara Bennett Fox (Sonja’s Aunt)

  15. Anna and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dear Tree. Love to you all – I will keep you in my prayers.

  16. Cheryl Blaquiere

    My deepest sympathy to the families and friends for your loss. May loving memories live in your hearts forever.

  17. Sheila Sebastian

    I am so sorry to hear of Theresa’s passing. I cannot imagine what your whole family is going through. I wish I could attend but I work out of town and just saw her obituay on facebook.There has been too many deaths lately all in one month of each other, and all about the same age too. Again I am so sorry. You and your family will be in my prayers. Take care. Sheila Sebastian

  18. Hank and Val Heerema

    Our condolences to all the family and friends who hold dear to the memories of Theresa and mourn the sudden loss of so young a life. May she be remembered by the love she gave to so many.
    Hank and Val

  19. Prayers and best wishes to all those involved in the tragic loss of this soul. Remember her life, not her death.

  20. My love and sorry goes out to you over the loss of your wonderful Tree.

  21. sharon hurshman

    so sorry for your loss Angela and family.

  22. I met Tree on the baby board. I never met her in person, which I would have loved to experience. She was such a part of our board – a family – that will miss her presence tremendously. My heart goes out to Tree’s family.
    Nora Taplett

  23. I met Tree 13 years ago on a baby board. I would have loved to of met her in person. She will be missed terribly on our board – a family – that feels like we lost one of our own. I can’t imagine how the family is doing, but they are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Nora Taplett

  24. Shocked and sadened to learn from this great loss. Wishing you all strength.

  25. Arnold and family,

    Sorry to hear of your loss. I live in yur building. She was a sweet girl. God has brought a new angel home. God bless you and your family.

    Deb & Sparky

  26. So sorry to the family for their loss. I worked Theresa @ Rolley Lake. We became fantastic friends on such a short period of time. Time spent with her will be forever remembered. Her friendship was unlike any other I have ever had. Thank for making life so much more fun!!

  27. Laurette Williams

    I am sorry to here this sad news. My heart goes out to your family and I send my love and thoughts. Xox

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