Obituary for Tommie Jean (Stanford) Herring

Our beautiful Mother Tommie Jean (Stanford) Herring, 79 went peacefully in her sleep at home on Thursday, March 21, 2019 in Amarillo, Texas.

Tommie was born on March 14, 1940 in Jefferson, Texas to Tom W. and Dolly (Brown) Stanford. She was the second child of eight.  Her family moved to Grand Prairie and she graduated from Grand Prairie High School in 1958.

She married Afton Leon Herring on April 12,2000 and resided in Grapevine, Texas until 2018 in which she moved to Amarillo.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Leon; her parents, Tom W and Dolly; brother Tom Stanford; brother Dub Stanford and sister Annes Yeaman.

Tommie will be lovingly remembered by her daughters, Alisa (Bill) Clark; Brenda Mayfield and Darlene Jeffreys.  Tommie “Grandma” will also be fondly remembered by her grandchildren, Adam, Marcus (Tara), Kevin, Jennifer (Matt), Mary, Christina and Jason; her great grandchildren, Kristin, Kaitlyn, Makayla, Haley, Kaitlyn, Felicity, Hannah, Marcus, Brianna, Landyn, Cami, Emma, Cruz, and Bethany; her great great grandchildren, Stella and Carson; her sisters, Beth (Dean) Green and Mary Nell Skrivanek; her brothers, Randall (Sharon) Stanford and Johnny (Sharon) Stanford. Tommie also had several nieces and nephews.

Tommie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.  She was fun loving and adventurous. Tommie was very creative and talented as cake decorator and a pastry chef. She was a great cook and she always wanted to feed everyone, there was always a place at her table if you were hungry. She had a career as a bartender and was still working as a waitress at Cracker Barrel until age 72.

Tommie had a contagious smile that lit up the room and even from the bed she encouraged and cared for her family. She fought a courageous fight against multiple myeloma cancer, and we could all strive to have her attitude and faith in God to heal her.  She would never discuss or plan her death instead she never lost faith God would heal her and he did the day he called her home.  Tommie was a beautiful woman inside and out and she will be truly missed by her family.

The family would like to say thank you to the staff at BSA Hospice of the Southwest for the love and care of our mother this last year. A Memorial and celebration of her life will be at a future date.