Tammy Perkins Dollish, of Mansfield, passed away Wednesday, January 9, 2019 surrounded by family and friends at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital. She was 49 and leaves behind a multitude of broken hearts. Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Phillip Dollish and their son, Zachary. Also grieving are her father, Larry Perkins; her paternal great-uncle, Lewis Dye; maternal uncles, Larry (Martha) Greer, and Tom (Wanda) Greer; first cousins, James Greer and his children Jessica and Michael, Judy (John) Fisher and their children Olivia, Owen and Olyssa, Randy (Gwen) Greer, James (Tinamarie) Greer; her niece, Emma-Rose Dollisch; sister-in-law, Patricia; brothers-in-law, James and Steven; mother-in-law, Carolyn; and Josh Adamescu, who was like a son to her for the last 20 years. Numerous family friends, her “Scout Family” and those she met through her business and volunteer work with the Pat Kracker Fund and the Mansfield Cancer Foundation will keenly feel her loss as well.
Tammy Lynn was born June 22, 1969 at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia to Larry Perkins and Linda “Joyce” Greer Perkins. She grew up surrounded by a close, extended family, something she reveled in her entire life. She was a 1987 graduate of Mansfield Senior High School and earned a BS in business from The Ohio State University. She owned Extreme Computer Technologies for 15 years.
Tammy married her high school sweetheart in 1992 and they settled down to a good life. They were a couple for 32 years. They found their “Scout family” at St. Peter’s Parish, building friendships that sustained her through the later years of her young life. Most particularly were the scout boys, who she referred to as “my boys” and with whom sat with her the night preceding her passing.
Family was the fixed point in her life’s compass, whether born to, married to or found and she made it her mission in life to keep all of her family together. She had a huge heart and was a soft touch. She was devoted to her son and niece who she doted outrageously over. She wasn’t an in-law but a sister and daughter. She was fiercely proud of her Appalachian roots. She was making plans for aggressive cancer treatments and upcoming birthday celebrations until she could no longer speak.
She was diagnosed with cancer in 2016 and worked hard every day to stay as healthy as possible after the first round of chemo resulted in remission. Her strong will to fight cancer bought three precious years, which she grabbed by the throat, taking family trips, marking items off her bucket list and rebuilding the family cabin that was lost to the Smoky Mountain firestorm of 2016. Mostly, she spent precious time with family and friends, none of whom can mark her passing with anything but profound grief.
She is preceded home by her mother, Linda “Joyce” Greer Perkins; her father-in-law, Alexander Dollish (she was his favorite child); her grandmother, Martha Ellen (Britt) Greer; and grandparents, Clyde and Nila Perkins.
Family and friends may visit from 1:00-5:00 pm on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at the Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 100 S Lexington Springmill Road. The funeral service will be held on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 1:00 pm at the funeral home with an hour visitation prior to the service. Chaplain Link Briggs will officiate the service. Burial will follow at Mansfield Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ohio Bird Sanctuary.