As of Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Tami Rae Mathison, 41, of Sunnyside was born on March 13, 1972 in Spokane, to Raymond Carroll Hoffman and Gloria Ann (Blanck) Hoffman. She went to grade school at The Dalles SDA Elementary and then did her high school through home schooling, Lyle High School and Milo Adventist Academy. Tami got her RN at Walla Walla Community College, while waiting tables at Perkins Restaurant. She was married to Timothy Lynn Cox, on Sept. 1, 1991. They later divorced. She married Marty Eugene Mathison on April 7, 1996 in Grandview. She worked at Grandview Health Care Center as a nurse and then as director of nurses. She taught CNA classes for Yakima Valley Community College and owned and operated C&S Transport, a medical transportation company. Tami also made and sold candles at farmers markets. Tami enjoyed spending time with her husband and children as well as extended family. She liked relaxing on camping trips with her family as well as weekend get aways with her husband. She also enjoyed reading, knitting and cooking. Tami was a lifelong member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and was very active in her local church in Sunnyside. She is survived by her husband, Marty Mathison of Sunnyside; her children, Alex Cox and Nathan, Christian and Sydney Mathison and Adalina Mendoza, all of Sunnyside; her parents, Ray and Gloria Hoffman of Pomeroy; her sister, Traci (Len) Pope of Dixie; as well as nieces and nephews; and numerous extended family members. Memorial services will be held Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Sunnyside. Those wishing to sign Tami's on-line memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com. Smith Funeral Homes Ltd. and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.