Tammy Alicia Lyerla, age 56, of Merriam, Kansas, passed away peacefully on December 29, 2016. A celebration of life will be held at Overland Park Christian Church, 7600 W 75th Street, OP, KS 66204, on Saturday January 7, 2017. There will be a visitation at 2:30, followed by a 3:00 service. Wear a rose for Tammy.

Tammy was born on August 3, 1960 in Overland Park to William and Betty Lyerla, who preceded her in death. She attended Shawnee Mission South high school. During high school she met Richard V. Owens and later they had one daughter, Nacole Junelle Owens, in 1984. In June of 1997 she wed Michael A. Hudnall. Together they had one daughter, Kaytlynn Renee Hudnall, in 1998.

Tammy had a great love for people and especially children. She had a servant’s heart and this was shown in many of her occupations throughout her life. In her early adult life she taught preschool for several years sharing her creativity and love. Tammy went on to graduate from cosmetology school and enjoyed 8 years of showing her artistic flair. After she had her second daughter, Kaytee, Tammy worked at Alpha Montessori school. It was during this time that Tammy renewed her relationship with Jesus and returned to her family church, Overland Park Christian. Her faith continued to grow and she committed her life to Christ through baptism. Throughout these life changes Tammy’s dedication to her daughters and family strengthened as they always remained the center of her happiness.

Tammy expressed her artistry throughout her life. She enjoyed writing poetry, sketching, painting, making jewelry and clothing, but she had a particular fondness for roses. She had a bit of a bohemian twist with a country twang, often accessorizing a gypsy look with cowboy hats and boots. Tammy was a child at heart and felt that age was only a number. She often said “don’t act your age,” and actively encouraged silliness. She could be caught dancing and belting out a tune while she lived in each and every moment. Housework was definitely never boring with Tammy around! Her positive outlook on life enabled her to make the best out of every situation. Although Tammy’s life was not always roses (sometimes it was weeds), she was a survivor with no regrets and was able to overcome life’s circumstances. For Tammy it was very important to try new things and learn daily. She will be remembered by her genuine heart and compassion for others which shined through her twinkling brown eyes and beautiful smile.

Tammy leaves behind two beautiful daughters to carry on her loving spirit; Nacole J. Owens and Kaytee R. Hudnall both of Merriam KS. Surviving loved ones also include; sister Lee (Steve) Bruegger of OP KS, sister Reeca (Mark) Bolin of Waco TX, as well as several nieces and a nephew, and a tight circle of friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, 12000 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 64145.