Tammie L. Baker

Tammie L. Baker, age 61, of Cedar Rapids, IA, formerly of Dubuque, IA, completed her earthly journey on March 25, 2024, at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids, after a sudden illness.  In Tammie’s final moments, she was surrounded by the love of her family and best friend.  To honor Tammie, a Celebration of Life will be held from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2024, at Grace Point Church, 3100 Windsor Avenue in Dubuque.  A Memorial Service including time for sharing will be held at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Jeffrey Durham officiating.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Tammie’s family.


Tammie was born on March 20, 1963, in Dubuque, IA, to Daniel R. and Sharon L. (Boelk) Baker.  She embraced life from an early age and was determined to give back more than she took throughout her 61 years among us.  Tammie earned her Bachelors Degree in Special Education and spent many years as a teacher who truly loved her students and was continually determined to be a positive force in their lives.  Tammie also spent time in retail where she made countless friends along the way, both as co-workers and customers alike.  To meet Tammie was to quickly be welcomed into her inner circle and she embraced the opportunity to be the bright light in someone’s day. 


In her free-time, Tammie enjoyed gardening and when her best friend Dennis was by her side, even the obnoxious weeds attempting to ruin the afternoon didn’t stand a chance of gaining any ground on her joy.  Tammie was also well known for her ability to shower her family and friends with an abundance of Dollar Store and Goodwill trinkets.  She always found the perfect gift for the right person and being true to her nature, giving was always better than receiving.  She was also a proud and faithful member of the Cedar Rapids Gratitude Chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous.  She possessed a true passion for this ministry and watched it change countless lives along the way.  But truth be told, spending time with her children and grandchildren was where Tammie found her greatest joy in life.  Her love was limitless, her time was generous, and thankfully the memories she leaves behind are priceless.  We are going to miss Tammie’s love and light shining brightly within the world around us moving forward, but we know and trust that somewhere in this pain the Lord is working all things for good for those who love Him.  We were blessed to have Tammie in our lives and will honor her by telling her story and by emulating her loving and giving spirit.


Those left behind to cherish the memory of Tammie include,

her three children,

Emily (Ken) Valentine, Dubuque, IA,

Daniel Moore, Lakewood, Co,

and Benjamin Moore Cedar Rapids, IA;


her five adored grandchildren,

Avarie Valentine, Wyatt Moore, Haylie Valentine, Zane McCaffery, and Nolan Valentine;


her parents,

Dan and Sharon Baker, Dubuque, IA;


her siblings,

Jeff (Diane) Baker, Austin, MN,

and Cindy (John) Hanson, Dubuque, IA;


along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.


In lieu of flowers, a Tammie L. Baker memorial fund has been established which will be distributed to the Cedar Rapids Gratitude Chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous.  Please make checks payable to Emily Valentine.


Online condolences may be shared with Tammie’s family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com

Celebration of Life

Grace Point Church
3100 Windsor Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001
March 30th, 2024 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Memorial Service

Grace Point Church
3100 Windsor Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001
March 30th, 2024 at 1:30 PM

7 comments on “Tammie L. Baker
  1. Dominique Bryant says:

    I have many great childhood memories with Tammie! One picture came to mind we were outside with white powder on our faces dancing and singing in the backyard, the picture is the two of us arms wide open smiling from ear to ear. Staying overnight, Fondue, board games, sledding, church camp….we had so many great times, so many fond memories.

  2. Tammie was my bestfriend, I will miss her terribly 😔

  3. Amam Nasir says:

    Hello, my name is Amam and I’m a current dental student. Tammie was my patient at the College of Dentistry at the University of Iowa. I was very fortunate enough to treat her needs at the college. She was a very sweet lady, who always had something fun to share. We bonded and shared many experiences, such as working at convenience stores, considering my family has owned one over my lifetime. I was very proud of her and all she faced in her lifetime. I was very shocked to find out she would not be continuing her appointments.

    My heart goes out to her family. Deepest condolences

    Amam Nasir.

    • Jeff Baker says:

      Thanks for sharing that, Aman. Your caring nature will serve you well in the future. Best of luck with your career

  4. Marianne B. Avery says:

    I am so shocked and saddened by the loss of Tammie. God bless you all and know you all are in my heart today and always.

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