Tamara Annette "Tammy" Auburg
1942 - 2019
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TAMARA “TAMMY” ANNETTE
(KETOLA) AUBURG
January 11, 1942 ˜ October 8,
2019

On Tuesday, October 8th, 2019, Tammy Auburg passed away at the age of 77, surrounded by her loving family after a short illness. She was born in Vancouver, WA to Ivan and Agnes (Herz) Ketola and she lived most of her life in Clark County. She graduated from Hudson’s Bay High School in 1960 before earning first her RN at Clark College and later her BS in Nursing from City College.
Tammy met her life partner, C. Douglas Auburg, in high school when they were both involved with the senior class play “Our Town.” They dated for over two years before marrying in September of 1962. The newlyweds immediately moved to Pullman, WA where they lived for three years while Doug continued his studies to become a mechanical engineer.
Tammy had many interests outside of her professional career as a registered nurse for Kaiser Permanente where she worked for her entire career. For several years after she retired from nursing, she volunteered as an advocate for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program which is a group that seeks to represent the interests of children in the foster care system. Her outside hobby interests included quilting and art/painting as well as travel. She was a member of the Society of Washington Artists. She shared many of her interests with her husband Doug and his love of all things associated with railroads. They have both served on the HBHS Class of 1960 Reunion Committee for over 40 years. They were both life members of the Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Club in Portland where she had served as corporate treasurer for a number of years. Tammy also volunteered many years as the station master for the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad, which operates tourist trains out of Yacolt.
Tammy is survived by her husband, Douglas; daughter, Josephine (Jodi) Ponce of Katy, TX; and son, David Auburg of Vancouver; as well as by her sister, Ginger Lea Bryant and niece, Kelleigh Bryant of Pasco, WA and nephew, John Bryant of Surprise, AZ.
Tammy had many friends, both from her work and from her varied hobby activities.
A celebration of Tammy’s full and interesting life is planned for Saturday, January 11, 2020, which would have been her 78th birthday. The event will be held in the ballroom at Club Green Meadows in Vancouver from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A Time of Remembrance will begin at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad in Tammy’s name at PO Box 1271, Battle Ground, WA 98604. The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad is a non-profit educational charity and all donations to it are fully tax deductible.
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Published in The Columbian on Nov. 3, 2019.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
JAN
11
Celebration of Life
01:00 - 04:00 PM
ballroom at Club Green Meadows
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November 8, 2019
I was so very sorry to learn of Tammy's passing. As one of the Ketola cousins (Bobbie's daughter), I knew Tammy through family connections. What a beautiful obituary celebrating a full and vibrant life. Please know that I am holding all the family in prayer.
Anna-Lisa Kanick
November 6, 2019
Doug and family, Fay and I wish to express our deepest sympathy to you for the sudden loss of your loved one.
Frank Phillips
Frank Phillips
November 3, 2019
I met Doug while we were both employed at BPA. While taking an evening Fitness & Volleyball class at Clark College, I met Doug's wife Tammy. Tammy was a very energetic person with lots of enthusiasm. My condolence for Doug on his loss of Tammy
Ron Deeering
November 3, 2019
Doug, I'm so very sorry for the loss of your much loved Tammy. I can only imagine how you and your family are feeling at this time.

You two had so much time together, I imagine it makes the loss so much greater. My heart breaks for you.

You have my deepest sympathy. I'll remember you all in our prayers.
Bob and Petey Fleischmann
November 3, 2019
Have known Tammy for almost 60 years. About 4 years ago 5 school mates rekindled our friend ship, and met for lunch. We shared memories and laughed a lot about getting old and not being able to do the things we use to do. I will miss Tammy. Doug and family you are in our thoughts.
Love Maureen Teedon (Barrett)
Maureen Barrett
November 3, 2019
Doug - So sorry to read about the loss of your wife.. Ted/Marie David.. Longbeach, Wa
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