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Tamara Gandy Laughlin

September 21, 1979 - May 28, 2022

Tamara Gandy Laughlin, 42, of Forest, Virginia passed away on Saturday, May 28, 2022. She was the daughter of Gene and Cheryl Gandy, and the devoted wife of Mike “L.A. Mike” Laughlin.

Tamara was born on September 21, 1979, in Florence, South Carolina. She attended Randolph-Macon Woman’s College where she graduated with a Bachelor of Philosophy degree. She then attended Lynchburg General School of Nursing where she became a Registered Nurse. Tamara had a great devotion to nursing and cared for countless patients and coworkers through the years. Most recently she worked tirelessly through the long demanding days and months of the Covid epidemic, volunteering to work on the Covid Unit.

She enjoyed art and loved music fervently. She was accepting of all, and a defender of the vulnerable. She provided much laughter with her quick-witted sarcastic comments. She was passionate about her job, hilariously inappropriate, fiercely feminist, outspoken, brilliant, and beautiful in body and soul.

In addition to her loving husband and parents, Tamara is survived by her four beautiful daughters, Cullen, Althea, Lennox (Lux), and Lake; sisters, Tiffany Baldridge (Zach) and Tressa Jones (Chad); nieces, Kayli and Malyn Baldridge, Olivia Jones; nephews, Colton Baldridge, Rylan and Miles Jones; and many honorary siblings and loving friends in the community.

Tamara is predeceased by her beloved Granny Beatrice Register, Grandma Carrie Bell Rose and Aunt Judy Hobson who nurtured her love of music.

All are welcome to gather with the family to celebrate and honor Tamara’s life with memories, music and light hors d’ouevres on Saturday, June 4th from 3:00-6:00 pm at her parents’ home, 106 Tyler Terrace in Forest, VA 24551. The family asks that you leave a brief written account of your favorite memory of Tamara for them to read later.

In lieu of flowers, help those fighting mental illness and addiction by contributing to any of the following organizations:

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Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg is assisting the family. To send condolences, please visit

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I worked with Tamara a number of yrs.ago in CCU. She was such a beautiful, kind spirited girl. I knew her before she started her family but always enjoyed seeing her posts of her beautiful girls.My heart aches for the family. Praying🙏

Posted by Violet Williams on June 4, 2022

Our sincere condolences to Coach Chad, Tressa, and all who knew and love Tamara. May reminders of moments together lift your hearts in the days to come. The Team SC Family

Posted by Team SC 3rd Grade Basketball on June 2, 2022

I graduated with Tiffany and remember meeting Tamara a few times. But one instance stands out. It was around 1996 at a restaurant in Lynchburg. That’s the best my memory can do ..I just remember thinking that I felt sorry for their father because he had to deal with all of the heartache involved with having such beautiful daughters!! True story.. Tiffany and family my heart breaks for you all. Tamara was a beautiful, talented and wonderful person. Although she is at peace now I know it’s very difficult to deal with not having her around. I lost my brother at age 42 in 2018 to the same disease. Nothing I can say will ease your pain… However, I can share from my personal experience that time makes the pain less and less. I understand that it’s little solace at this time and my heart breaks for you all. Kind Regards, Mark Preston

Posted by Mark Preston on May 31, 2022

Tamara, my friend and "nurse hero", I loved you dearly. From the time I first met you. I admired you, and supported you through thick and thin. You were worthy of it. I make a difference in your life. Perhaps I did? Doesn't matter, because you are now "home". Which is lovely. 🙏❤️🙏

Posted by Rosalind Ebelt on May 31, 2022

I should not be writing this. I should not be telling you goodbye. I will miss our “debriefs” after work, our musical shenanigans and our deep talks. You were too beautiful of a soul to have to have gone through what you have. My only regret is that I should’ve checked on you more knowing what I know. Now I can’t do that anymore. I’ll forever use my “YEET” coffee cup that you gave me for Christmas. This sucks. I’ll miss you Tamara… ❤️❤️ To those beautiful girls, your mom loved y’all so much, please know that. She never stopped talking about y’all!

Posted by Shannon on May 31, 2022

We grew up in the same neighborhood, same friends and similar times. We reunited during our nursing school days and loved the heart. You were an awesome person, mother, nurse, and all the In-between. To the family- I am so sorry for your loss, I can’t imagine. She was an awesome spirited person. Gone too soon. Love you all, and ur in my thoughts and prayers. Love u Tamara ❤️

Posted by Jamie Overstreet on May 31, 2022

You were my nurse for a little while but you were awesome at your job I remember you showing me pictures of your wedding at Halloween Tamara you will be missed by so many RIP love

Posted by Tammy Saunders on May 31, 2022

Sending all of you love and strength. Tamara was a bright light in my life and will always be remembered

Posted by Broek Carlsten on May 31, 2022

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