"The stars we could reach were just starfish on the beach" (Terry Jacks)
The family and friends of Tammie Dahl-Newman are sad to share the news of her passing on February 22, 2022. Tammie was a lovely enigma! She was a crafty poker and pool player, could dance all night, and loved rock hounding and looking for other treasures. Tammie was a diehard Denver Broncos fan - Christy Perkins reminisced how much she will miss the great rivalry between herself and Tammie when it came to Cowboys vs. Broncos games!
Tammie lived most of her life in Montana. She was born in California in 1957 and the family moved back to Montana a year later. While living in Billings, her mother met and married Ron Dahl who immediately adopted Tammie and her brother, Scott Dahl. At the age of 3, Tammie met Pam (Herman) Jackson who would turn out to be her lifelong friend. Pam recalled with fondness a time when Tammie and she would stand on Ron's feet to dance. "It was such fun!"
Tammie’s family moved to Big Timber where she attended grade school until they moved to Bozeman. While in Bozeman, she finished middle school and attended Holy Rosary High School. Tammie worked at The Home Bake Shoppe & Deli, her family's bakery in Livingston, while she was in high school. In 1977, she had a cute little red headed daughter, Chantannell, and six years later her ginger boy, Jeremiah, was born.
Tammie married Danial Newman on April 4, 1998. They chose this date because it was her mother's birthday. They opened the Fish Bowl on Main Street in Livingston with their friends, Rick Williams and Dan Medina. Tammie also worked at the Murray Bar and the Conoco Station, and for a short time in Las Vegas. One of her favorite jobs was as an Amazing Taxi driver. Tammie's personality, patience and ability to help others was perfect for this vocation. She lived up to what they say about red heads; feisty, strong willed and passionate! She loved with great fierceness!
Tammie is preceded death by Danial Newman, the love of her life; parents, Ronald and Janet Dahl; brother, William 'Scott' Dahl; grandparents, 'Papa' William Shirah and Elina Shirah; and her very good friend, Gary Perkins. She leaves behind her children, Chantannell Dahl and Jeremiah DuMolt; stepdaughters, Christy (Brent) Owen & Stephanie Pimentel; sisters, Rhonda (Allen) Mullins and Sheryl Dahl; sister-in-law, Sally Dahl; nieces and nephews, Monica and Justin Dahl, Jessy and York Mullins; as well as Gene Shirah, Jacqueline Todd, Ronnie Dunlap, Pam (Jess) Jackson, Christy Perkins, Melissa King and her kiddos, Sherrie Williams; and her birth father, Robert Allison.
Reflection from Chantannell, "Your smile could light up a room. My love for music and dancing started with you. You taught me to stand up for myself (a lesson I am still learning) and girls can do whatever boys can do, most of the time better. Through your kindness I learned not to judge people by race, sexuality, income bracket, illness or education. Like a lost boy from Neverland you showed me you're never too old to play like a kid. You will be missed."
A memorial gathering is being planned for Summer.