Tammy Eberhard, age 50 of Belle Fourche, died Sunday September 9th, 2012 at her home, surrounded by her loving husband.
A Memorial Service will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday, September 13th, 2012 at Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche, with Chaplain Randall Bradley officiating. There will be no visitation. Inurnment will take place in Pine Slope Cemetery, Belle Fourche.
Tammy Patricia Wilkinson was born November 10, 1961 in Lemmon, South Dakota. She was the daughter of Stan and Patsy (Papka) Wilkinson, the oldest of three children. Tammy grew up on a ranch in Harding County. She attended grade school at White Hill School, near Prairie City and Reva. She attended high school in Bison, graduating in 1981. That summer she moved to Belle Fourche where she worked as a waitress while living with her grandparents. Her desire to “fix” hair led her to cosmetology school at Headline Academy in Rapid City. From there it was back to Belle Fourche where she worked in several different beauty shops. She also was a cashier at Mason’s Fifth Avenue and worked as a waitress at the local sale barn café.
Growing up, she enjoyed riding horses and caring for the livestock. But her favorite thing to do was go fishing with her brother and sister and “auntie”, who loved to fish and enjoyed nothing better than taking the kids with her to local dams or the Grand River on several occasions every summer. That love of fishing carried over into her married life. On August 10, 2002 Tammy was married to Larry Eberhard in Belle Fourche. They spent almost every Sunday during the summers boating and fishing. The last couple years she was in failing health so the fishing slacked off and eventually stopped. But she continued to work until entering the hospital on June 19th, spending 8 weeks there. Then she came home where she was lovingly cared for by her husband, Larry. The always had cats and they called them their “kitty kids”. Tammy will be greatly missed, and forever loved.
Tammy is survived by her husband, Larry of Belle Fourche; mother, Patsy Wilkinson of Reva; step-daughter, Nikki (Blayne) Teppo of Fruitdale; step-son, Shawn Eberhard of Belle Fourche; 5 grandchildren, Alexa, Kaycee, Jacob, and Tyler; and brother, Jim (Vicky) Wilkinson of Reva; and sister, Marilyn (Bill) Steinmeyer of Merriman NE; 3 nephews, Chance Steinmeyer, Kent and Kyle Wilkinson; and her grandmother, Florence Papka of Spearfish, and special friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, Stanley Wilkinson; paternal grandparents, Harvey and Lydia Wilkinson; and her maternal grandfather, Leland Papka.
Friends may leave written condolences and view Tammy’s video tribute at www.funeralhomeofthenorthernhills.com