In Loving

Tamara Stanley Ambrose

April 28, 1961 – November 7, 2022

Tamara Stanley Ambrose, 61, of Richmond passed away Monday, November 7, 2022.

Tamara was predeceased by her mother, Ruth; and her brothers, Brett and Todd. Tamara is survived by her devoted husband, Andy; three children, Chelsea, Grady, and Riley; her father, Mortimer Stanley; and brother, Myles Stanley; mother-in-law, Georgene Ambrose; and brother-in-law Paul Ambrose.

Tami asked that her obituary be short- a welcome request because words are puny instruments for measuring humanity at its best. Briefly, here she is; Tami: charming, kind, loyal, brave, resilient, optimistic, wise, loving, generous, snappy, stylish, empathetic, encouraging, and hilarious.

Tami was an attentive listener, loving daughter, wife, mother, friend, sister, grateful taster of life’s simple pleasures, educator, and lifelong reader, learner, and nature lover. She was beloved by her children, adored by her husband, taken before her time, and will be truly missed.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 10, 2022, at Affinity Funeral Service, 2720 Enterprise Pkwy, Richmond, VA 23294. The family will receive friends following the service until 1 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Doctors Without Borders.

Memorial Service


Affinity Funeral Service

2720 Enterprise Pkwy

Richmond, VA 23294


Saturday, December 10, 2022


11:00 a.m.

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  1. Ryta Goodyear November 9, 2022 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    Tami was the best of the best. Andy, Chelsea, Grady, and Riley, my heart is with you now and always. Tami always treated me like a daughter and I’ll never forget the love she showed to those around her. She was hilarious, sharp, and witty; always making everyone laugh. I see her face in her children and know how proud she was of her family. Although her time was cut short I hope you find strength in knowing how much she was loved.

  2. Camie Lee November 9, 2022 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    Beautiful picture and words of Tami-a fabulous and humorous woman. Taken too soon my dear friend – you’re missed dearly. Thanks for being you! Deepest condolences to Andy and families on the loss of their cherished lived one- Tami. Prayers of comfort. Love Camie, Tom, Chris & Lizzie

    • John Seebeck November 10, 2022 at 9:12 am - Reply

      Sending love and support now and into the future plus joy for having known and spent time with Tami.

  3. Jan Reynolds November 9, 2022 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry to hear this. Tami was such a bright light n this world. It is very hard to believe. Our condolences to Andy, Chelsea, Grady and Riley. She will never be forgotten.

  4. Ann MacLean November 10, 2022 at 7:10 am - Reply

    Dear Andy, Chelsea,Grady and Riley- words cannot convey the sadness of this sudden loss. Life has made a hairpin turn and is left without the warmth and glow called Tami. And I can hear her now saying : Oh Stop – enough already! Surly she is among the angels and comfort can be found knowing she’ll always be watching over her loving family and friends. I was blessed to know her for just a short while but that time was a treasure. Prayers continue to buoy you all as it’s the best way I know to cope. With much love to you and dear Tami-Ann

  5. Greg Woods November 10, 2022 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    Any, me and my family send our prayers and thoughts to you and your family during this time.

  6. Chris Rotermund November 10, 2022 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    This picture is exactly how I remember Tami, she always had a huge smile. Prayers for all the Stanley’s and Ambrose’s!

  7. Chris Wood November 10, 2022 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    Andy, I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy to you and your family during this sad time.

    • Cindy watson ( CBS) November 10, 2022 at 4:46 pm - Reply

      My thoughts and prayers are with you all ??

  8. Cindy Schwarz November 10, 2022 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    Always full of brightness, curiosity and compliments .. a genuine soul . May you be dancing the streets of heaven dear ! My condolences and prayers to your family ❤️

  9. Allison November 11, 2022 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    How very sad I am to hear of the passing of a dear colleague. I worked with her right before her retirement, but her effervescence was that of a first year teacher. I don’t doubt that she inspired thousands.

  10. Liz Ebel November 13, 2022 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    I was only an acquaintance from her years at Community Bible Study but I’m grateful for the light her neverending smile poured into my life! I’m so sorry for your loss keeping each of you in prayer for the comfort that only God can give as you grieve your great loss in the months ahead.

  11. Rachel Ambrose November 13, 2022 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    I am so saddened by this news. Tami and a taught early in my career and she had a profound impact on my approach to the classroom. My deepest condolences to Andy, Chelsea, Grady and Riley.

  12. DHShuler, HRSPA Rep November 13, 2022 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    The members of Henrico Retired School Personnel Association extend their sincere condolences to the family of Tami Ambrose. We also express our appreciation for her years of service to students and staff and for her membership and service in HRSPA in her retireemnt.

  13. Joe & Kay Lam November 14, 2022 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    Prayers for the family.

  14. Myles Stanley November 15, 2022 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    My sister Tami was a beautiful strong independent and funny woman that lived an incredibly wonderful life that she created using her smarts, skills and determination. Tami will live on through our memories and her beautiful family that are a reflection of the kind and caring type of person that Tami was. While we will miss her terribly we can celebrate her life knowing that Tami recognized her need for a savior and trusted in our Lord Jesus for her salvation and we will be together with her in Eternity.

  15. Tara Humphrey December 6, 2022 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear about the loss of Tami. I worked with her at Holman middle school and she was always witty, laughing and easy to be with. I love her picture and she will be remembered fondly.

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