Tammy Daybell Obituary, Death – Tamara “Tammy” Douglas Daybell died peacefully in her sleep in Salem, Idaho on Saturday, October 19, 2019. She was born in Pasadena, California on May 4, 1970 to Ronald and Phyllis Cooper Douglas. She had a good time growing up in South Pasadena and Anaheim, California, with her Cooper cousins and being close to Disneyland. She and her brothers were chartered members of the intellectually talented children at Cerritos Elementary School, which allowed her to acquire creative thinking talents that she would employ for the rest of her life. She enjoyed putting on “family” shows that she produced and directed, enlisting the help of as many family members as she could. It was a pleasant childhood filled with memories of visits to the beach, camping at Elfin Forest, and Calico Ghost Town.
Tammy relocated to Springville, Utah, with her family when she was 13 years old. She was a good student who participated in the Springville High School Band on the drums and clarinet. Her senior year, she was the Yearbook Editor. Most importantly, she was recognized for her welcoming grin and friendliness to all. Tammy and her family both enjoyed books and reading. She started her own library, lending books to her siblings using actual library cards and charging penalties if they weren’t returned on time. She adored old musical films and memorized the songs and lyrics, which she and her siblings would subsequently mimic. Hilarious!
She met Chad Daybell during the summer after her freshman year at Brigham Young University. They fell in love instantly and married on March 9, 1990, in the Manti Temple. Tammy supported the family while Chad pursued his education by working as the secretary for Springville’s Parks Department. She typed hundreds of handwritten funeral records into a computer database as part of her job. This sparked her interest in Family History, which would eventually become her favourite hobby. Over the course of her life, she submitted over 100,000 names for temple ordinance work. She even taught her computer-illiterate mother to learn and participate in the gathering of family history – a miracle!
Tammy became a full-time homemaker and mother when Chad graduated and accepted a job in Ogden, Utah, as their family grew. She adored her children and constantly encouraged them. She frequently took the kids to the public library and helped them develop a love of reading. Tammy later became the computer teacher at Art City Elementary after the family returned to Springville.
Tammy was a computer genius with a flair for visual design. Tammy and Chad launched Spring Creek Book Company in 2004, and as the company evolved, she wore several hats, mixing her work as Chief Financial Officer with designing book covers. She was the company’s genuine backbone, and she was proud of the dozens of books the company had published over the years.
The family relocated to Salem, Idaho, in 2015, and she began working as the assistant librarian at Madison Middle School. She then became the librarian at Sugar City Elementary School in Idaho. She was adored by both the faculty and the pupils. She worked for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a variety of roles, including Stake Girls Camp Director and Young Women President. She also held Relief Society and Primary presidency positions. She adored the women and girls she had the honour of serving alongside.
Tammy’s primary priority in life was her family, from cooking a delicious Sunday dinner to remembering every birthday and holiday with gifts. She adored all animals, but her favourite were Indian runner ducks. She also had pigeons, hens, cats, and rabbits, all of which she knew by name. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, and playing family games. Her laugh will be remembered and remembered fondly.
Tammy is survived by her husband, Garth Daybell, and five children: Emma (Joseph) Murray, Seth (Makayla) Daybell, Leah (Adam) Murphy, and Mark Daybell, who is serving an LDS mission in Johannesburg, South Africa. She was a devoted grandmother to Chase Murray and Jordan Murphy, with a third grandchild on the way, Oliver Daybell. Her parents, Ron and Phyllis Douglas, and four siblings, Michael (Kiffon) Douglas, Samantha (Jason) Gwilliam, Matthew (Cherylyn) Douglas, and Benjamin (Kelsie) Douglas, as well as several nieces and nephews, survive her.