Food Culinary 10

Tamara J. Somerville

April 1, 1965 ~ December 21, 2019 (age 54)


Due to the current blizzard and travel conditions, the gathering for Tamara will be extended to Monday, December 30, 2019 between the hours of 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the chapel.



Tamara Somerville, also known as Princess Tamara, Queen Tamara, Tammy, Tam, Mom, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, accomplished business person, and friend will forever be remembered by many for her larger than life personality.

As the oldest of three children to Dean and Peggy, she possessed all of the traits of the oldest child. Most notable would be “caretaker”. She helped raise her siblings, was self-sufficient and a giver; always looking out for the wellbeing of others before herself. This quality carried through to her adult years where she more than helped her brother and sister raise their children as well. She was always the one to check in on others, and gave greatly to anyone in need. Some would call the caretaker personality controlling, but we just called it “Tamara being Tamara”, handling everything for everyone she cared about. Most who know her feel they did not have enough time with her to give back all that she gave to them.

As a global business person she was an exceptional woman who had achieved remarkable things in a male dominated sector.  She was a real pro: super-smart, decisive, driven, funny, fair, responsive, humane, smiley, and extremely hard working. Tamara was an inspirational female leader of industry. She was known globally as the “go getter” from North Dakota.

She was totally devoted to her whole family: she was so very proud of Miss Hannah, Xander, and Emily. She loved spending time with Bailie and Ellie. Tamara was the fun aunt that planned activities, outings, and great adventures for her nieces and nephews. Her house was always the place for the younger generation to be.

Her passions in life were reading, music, shopping, fishing with her partner Steve, spicy food (and I mean spicy), travel to exotic locals, the ID channel, excelling in the business world, Christmas time, and being the organizer/manager of everything. She believed you could achieve anything in life if you worked hard enough, were determined enough, and stayed the course. Anything she was involved with, she was “all in”.

Tamara was looking forward to continuing to guide her children towards success, semi-retirement by age 60, and spending more time fishing in her pink boat.

Her accomplishments in life were great, too numerous to list, and she requested no obituary. She did not want anything written to be braggadocious. She wanted her life to be celebrated and did not want a formal service. She requested her ashes be spread at her beloved beach in Panama and requested her send- off to be akin to an Irish party with lively music, salsa, and chocolates (and not the cheap chocolates). As a family, we are honoring her wishes to the very best of our ability.

Her life was far from perfect, but Tamara was a total life force, a true beauty inside and out; a real class act whose unbounded enthusiasm enhanced the lives of everyone around her. 

So, it is with the greatest shock, a sense of a huge personal loss, sheer sadness and emptiness that we say goodbye to our Princess.


In Lieu of Flowers memorials are preferred to:

Tamara’s Legacy of Giving Foundation

C/O; Citizens State Bank

PO Box 625

Cooperstown, ND  58425

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Gathering of Family and Friends
December 29, 2019

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Cooperstown Funeral Chapel
808 Lenham Ave SW
Cooperstown, ND 58425

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