Tammy Lynn Piper

Northfield Vt. — Tammy Lynn Piper, 38, of Northfield, passed away on Thursday, June 13,2013, after a long courageous battle with cancer.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 2 p.m., at The Congregational Church in Bradford Vt. There will be no calling hours and the burial will held at a later date.

Tammy was born in Hanover, N.H. on July 7, 1974, to Dean Piper and Marilyn Benzie. She graduated from Oxbow High School in 1993.

After high school Tammy worked as a caregiver for her best friend, Sean Clogston. She enjoyed spending time with her greatest joy in her life, her son, Michael Needham. Tammy was an avid animal lover and her dog, Malika James was just like a second child to her. Tammy enjoyed country music and with the help of the Cancer Center of Vermont she got to meet her favorite country singer Toby Keith.

Tammy is survived by her partner, Matthew Needham and their son, Michael Needham; mother, Marilyn Benzie, father, Eric Dean Piper, stepfather, Mark Nichols; grandfather, Melvin Benzie, Sr.; uncle, Melvin C. Benzie, Jr., aunt, Tina Benzie; twin sister, Tina Foster and husband, Jeff; son, Dylan, sister, Katie Bourgeois and husband, Jason and their three daughters, Mary Jane, Anastase, Mazie; and other family and friends.

Tammy is preceded in death by grandmother, Delphine Benize, and grandparents, Eric Piper and Laura Piper.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to American Cancer Society P.O Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or The Upper Valley Humane Society.