Tammy Jean Blades, 62, passed away unexpectedly in her Columbus home on Sunday, June 6, 2021. She is survived by her husband, Mike Romans; mother, Shirley Blades; son, Shawn Blades; daughters, Nikki (Randy) Matheny and Clair (Aaron) Farris; brothers, Doug (Sandy) Blades and Rusty (Kim) Blades; sisters, Lori (Terry) Rice and Robin (Steve) Blades; grandchildren, Johnnie, Brandi, Chevy and Memphis; as well as her dog, Cocoa. She is preceded in death by her father, Glenn Blades.
Tammy was born on August 31, 1958 in Zanesville, Ohio, but she grew up and lived on the south side of Columbus and was a 1976 graduate from Hamilton Township High School. She was a member of the VFW post 2505 and was as stubborn as her veteran father. As accepting as she was mean, she taught her children to love everyone for who they are and to fight for what they believe in.
Tammy was a gardener and an animal lover and would preach about the bad luck you would receive for killing a spider in the house. That was also extended to having bad luck for walking with one shoe on, leaving the broom on the porch or throwing a strand of hair out the car window. What she lacked in cooking skills, she made up for in winemaking. Her kids recall the days of stomping grapes in various containers in the yard and months later tasting the concoction in the shed. She never sent birthday cards but instead would call her kids on the morning of their birthday singing “Wake up Mr. Tree…”
She lived a simple life and could easily pack her weekend getaway luggage in a brown Big Bear grocery bag. She loved picnics, fishing and exploring the Hocking Hills region where she also lived for a time. In her early years, she yearned to change the world and although she was unsuccessful at the whole world, she had a huge impact on all those she met and loved.
Tammy’s family and loved ones appreciate all the support and kindness they have received through this difficult time and will respectfully mourn their loss privately.