Tammy Sue Nelson
Tammy (Burris) Nelson, went home to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Thursday, January 9, 2020. A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Strode Funeral Home Chapel. Strode Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

She was born May 26, 1960 in Pawnee, OK and lived in Keota, OK until her freshman year of high school and then the family moved to Glencoe, OK where she loved to play basketball. She graduated from Glencoe in 1978. She loved the piano, cats, and horses and earned the title of Keota Rodeo Sweetheart. She was as good on a horse as anyone round. More recently, she enjoyed mind puzzles, word searches, Dr. Phi., Reese's Peanut Butter cups, reading her bible and she loved the Lord.

The love of her life, son DJ, was born on March 23, 1977.

On May 21, 1983 she started a new adventure when she began working at Mercury Marine in Stillwater. Only a handful of folks still worked there and they were all devastated when the doors closed on December 1, 2011. During her 28 ½ years there she held many jobs and kept doing her best to keep moving up in the company. Eventually, after getting an associate's degree from OCU, her final position was a purchaser/buyer. She loved the many friends she made there. Who knew that buying millions of dollars a year of GM engines was so exciting? But she loved it and took pride in the work that she had proven to do so well.

In recent years, she helped her cousin Denise Holt care for some special people in her life, her Uncle Bruce and Aunt Arlene Huff, until their passing. A strong friendship evolved between her and Denise during that time that will last forever.

She is survived by her parents, Lynn and Sharlene Brien of Pawnee and Lawrence Burris of Keota, OK; sisters, Lisa Burris of Stillwater, and Vicki Harshberger and her husband Dusty of Lakeland, FL; and son, DJ Ripley and his wife Nicole of Branson, MO. Also, 3 grandchildren, Kayla Gentry and husband, Caleb of Ponce City, Dakota Ripley and wife Vanessa of Glencoe, and Bowdie Ripley of Branson, MO; great-grandchildren, Theodore Gentry and Luther Ripley; and a number of cousins.

Condolences may be sent to the family and an online obituary viewed by visiting www.strodefh.com
Published on January 13, 2020


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Tammie & Mike Behrends
Jan 27, 2020
Lisa & Family , we are sharing in you alls lost , we both were coworkers of Tammy at mercury, Tammy and I did some Saturday overtime work even when we cleaned the pit together we made it fun and laughed at each other ,she was a hard worker ,pretty and very kind she will be missed .May God bless and surround all your family now and forever. Tammie ❤️😇🙏🏼
Becky Clark Hetherington
Jan 17, 2020
Sending much love and prayers. Tammy and I had some fun in high school together and a few more when we were older. She had a beautiful smile and laugh. I will always remember her crazy sense of humor. I'm sure she's making the Angels laugh right now!
Kay Nolen Box
Jan 16, 2020
Although, I haven't seen Tammy since she moved from Keota, I do remember her as sweet, kind and beautiful. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family during this time. May God wrap his arms of love around each of you. Kay
Darla bradley
Jan 14, 2020
So many memories! Tammy was one of those people that you were there for you no matter what! We shared so many memories both good and bad! I will miss her so much! Hugs and love to Mama, Lisa and DJ!
Darla Brandon
Jan 14, 2020
So sad to hear of Tammy's passing, we worked in Purchasing for 10 years together. We are getting older, but my....you were still too young to go. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Neil and Mary Brake
Jan 13, 2020
So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts as you struggle with your grief. My husband went to school with Tammy and I worked with her at Mercury .