Tammy Hildebrand

April 28, 1969 ‒ June 06, 2021

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Tammy Hildebrand, age 52, passed away Sunday, June 6, 2021, at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital. She was blessed to be surrounded by family during her final days following a very recent brain tumor diagnosis. After a courageous fight, she is now pain-free but will be missed dearly by many.

Tammy Jo Spellman was born April 28, 1969, in Mansfield the daughter of David Lewis & Saundra Sue (Johnson) Spellman and was a 1988 graduate of Clear Fork High School. In the 1990s she struck up a friendship with Jim Hildebrand who came to Miller Meats where Tammy worked to get lunch from the deli counter most days. The pair married on June 19, 1999, and honeymooned in Niagara Falls.

Tammy dedicated her life to creating a warm and loving home for her family. She was organized, caring, and kind. Not one to sit still, Tammy was always on the move looking for deals at a thrift store or garage sale. She enjoyed attending hockey games and traveling around Ohio with her family. Her love language was quality time and she thoroughly enjoyed being with the special people in her life—most especially her husband and kids. As someone who always put others first, Tammy will be remembered for her generosity and her selflessness.

Tammy was a very active member of the VFW Auxiliary Post #5101 in Lexington and was the guard officer for District 10. She had a big heart for our country’s servicemen and veterans and was a champion for them and for anyone who had a need. She was the first to offer her help in all situations. Tammy also became an advocate for breast cancer awareness and early detection during and after her battle with breast cancer.

She is survived by her husband James “Jim” Hildebrand of Lexington, son Franklin Hildebrand (girlfriend Emily), daughter Hailey Hildebrand, siblings Sherry Spellman-Moran (Dave) of Mansfield and John Spellman of Lexington, mother Saundra Spellman of Lexington, mother-in-law Jane Hildebrand of Ontario, grandmother-in-law Georgia “GG” Swisher of Lexington, along with numerous nieces and nephews, and her comfort cancer buddy, Goldie the cat.

Tammy was preceded in death by her father David Spellman, father-in-law Les Hildebrand, grandparents Lewis & Bernadina Spellman and John & Wilma Johnson.

Her family will receive friends 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Friday, June 11, 2021, at Snyder Funeral Home, 2553 Lexington Avenue in Mansfield, where a funeral service honoring her life will begin at 2:00 PM officiated by Celebrant Dave Roberts and beginning with a tribute by the VFW Auxiliary District 10. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.

Contributions in her memory can be made to the Richland County Veterans Service Commission (please make checks out to: Veterans Honor Grounds) and brought to her services or sent to them at: 597 Park Avenue East, Mansfield, OH 44905.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to care for Tammy’s family. Share a memory and watch her tribute video at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • Jim and Franklin and Hailey,
    All my heart goes out to your family. Never have I met an Auxiliary Sister who has worked so unselfishly for our Veterans and their families. Tammy has been my inspiration since I first met her. Just a whisper of a need and she was there to help and support.
    You all were her life and we were her second family. No words can adequetley explain how we feel at your loss. Please accept all of our hugs and all of our prayers; that God will wrap his arms around you and comfort you in the days to come.
    Pam Cole
    VFW Aux D10 President

  • Saundra and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I always thought so much of Tammy and always enjoyed talking to her. May your memories help heal your pain. With heart felt sympathy and prayers for healing.

  • Jim and family
    I can’t begin to say how much Tammy will be missed. She always had a smile and kind word for everyone as long as I’ve known her. She was the epitaph of what a auxiliary sister should be. Please know I am thinking of you through these difficult days

  • Most of my best childhood memories include Tammy. I cherish those and will miss her dearly. Jim, kids and family, we have you in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Jim & children:

    my heart breaks for your loss. Tammy Jo was so very special to me as I saw her growing up from a very young age to the life she made.

    We will continue prayers for you and your family as you deal with this difficult loss.

    Aunt Sharon

  • My bestest friend sense 6th grade so many good memories I have carried them with me they mean so much to me Dave, Saundra and Sherry and John was like my second family Tammy was a very good person to me and my family very giving, thoughtful,loving , and thought of others before her self I will miss you my friend but I will always have you in my memories everyday love to Saundra,John, Sherry and family ❤️❤️

  • Never was a time Tammy wasn’t there for everyone in her life. I will always remember her giving heart and numerous childhood memories with her. Praying for all of you.

  • Jimmy and family, deepest sympathy to each of you during this time, such a hard thing to go through. Will certainly be keeping you in prayer for comfort and strength, not only for these next days, but for the time ahead

  • To all of Tammys family. I am so sorry for your loss. Got to know Tammy and her siblings when her Mother babysat for my children. Then I reconnected with Tammy when we worked the election together in Bellville. She was sure an enthusiast worker. You all will certainly be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • I met Tammy at our VFW in Lexington. Her dedication to Veterans was sincere and steadfast; she would always lend a hand, work hard, invest her time and energy into helping Veterans. She loved her family, that shown bright in so many ways. I always enjoyed seeing Tammy, I’ll always remember her laugh. My heart goes out to her beautiful family. Words don’t do justice. Tammy is a beautiful soul, I wish she could have stayed with us longer.

  • To Tammy’s Family, please know that we at Post 3759 have you in our thoughts and prayers! We pray that you are lifted up to celebrate Tammy’s life. To know that our hearts are saddened by your loss. That we would take the burden of sorrow from your hearts. May God Bless your Family.

  • Jim Hailey Franklin and the rest of Tammy’s family my heart is broken…Tammy was one of the first people I met when moving to the area and starting work at the VFW 5101 Post in 2018. I cant Express how sorry I am that this happened…she will truly be missed by all

  • Jim and family so sorry to hear of Tammy passing my prayers are with you and the family Tammy will be missed by many friends and family ,

  • Dear Saundra, Sherry, John and Hildebrand family,
    I was so very sorry to hear of Tammy’s untimely passing.
    Her obituary was beautifully written and described a very
    caring lady to many, many individuals.

    You all have my deepest sympathy.
    Jane Kurdzel

  • Jimmy and family. So Sorry for your loss . Sending Prayers for u and your family and friends ❤

  • Tammy was a special part of my life in years past. I will always remember and cherish the good times we had together . There will always be a special place in my heart for her. I know she is sadly gone but I will never forget her

  • With heavy hearts we send our love prayers ad condolences to the family. She was always helping others in need. She will be greatly missed. Jean Collins and all her family. Sister Joan Young and mother Helen Boyd.

  • Tammy was one of the nicest, most giving people I’ve ever met. What an incredible woman and mother. We were all blessed to have spent time with her. I am shocked she has moved on. I will miss her.

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