Tanya was more like a daughter than a daughter-in-law to me. She had a heart bigger than anyone I have known and was always wanting to know what she could do for you. I miss my girl.
–R.V. Baugus Sr., father-in-law
The sweetest Diva that ever strutted the face of this earth! What an honor to be her soul sister. Love her forever always!
–Kristi Bowen, fellow “Diva” from high school
Tanya to me was simply love. It was everything about her and it was uncontrollable. It flowed from every part of her being – her eyes, her smile, her laughter, oh, that laugh, her hands and her precious heart. Her love was unconditional, selfless, never judging, always forgiving and truly bigger than life – this life anyway. To have received Tanya’s love every day of my life as her little cousin was a blessing I will cherish all my days until we meet again. Oh, how I look forward to that day.
–Milly Butler, cousin
A woman like Tanya is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds. R.V. trusted her without reserve, and never had a reason to regret it. Never spiteful, she trusted him generously all her life long. She dressed for work at Coaches Outreach, eager to get started. She sensed the worth of coaching families, always assisting anyone in need, and boy could she put on a conference! She faced the world with that warm, beautiful smile. When she spoke, she had something worthwhile to say, and she ALWAYS said it kind. Many women have done wonderful things, but Tanya outclassed them all.
–Sherrie Callahan, Coaches Outreach family
From the day Rea and Verne blessed us with Tanya, she was everyone’s little darling; but it was the adult Tanya that will always hold a special place in my heart. Tanya was more than just a cousin to me. Our family ties grew into a friendship that I will remember and hold dear. I will always treasure our memories together!
‐ Kay Crofford, cousin
Tanya was a precious friend. Always selfless and kind. She saw the best in everyone and made sure they knew that. She was a carrier of peace, hope and joy which radiated to everyone around her!
–Laura Fincher, long-time friend
When I picture Tanya, I see a smiling face, ALL of it! She’s a lover of life now more so than ever. I never heard her speak a malicious word about another and that’s a rare quality. Genuine, selfless, thoughtful, sweeeet, precious in every sense of the word. 2 Corinthians 5:8.
–Gurie Fisher, long-time friend
When I think of Tanya, I think of Philippians 2:15 which says, “Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.” She shined like a star! She used her days striving to be more Christlike. She always knew when to call, what hard questions to ask, and which words of encouragement to speak. She was a true friend every day and I am richer because of her investment in me and my family.
–Tashia Gerlach, long-time church friend
Tanya was my one true sister on earth and by the true love of Christ will be my sister in heaven, too. There are too many words to describe her, but I am thankful for Christ’s love and mercy so we can see each other again.
–Karla Harris, cousin
Tanya was a dear friend and I thought of her as my second sister. We would go days working side-by-side never saying much but knowing we had each other’s back. She was a model Christian with a true servant’s heart. She impacted thousands for Christ!
–Robert Irion, Coaches Outreach coworker
My cousin, Tanya, came into our family a few months after the birth of my first son. We lived in Houston, so I wasn’t around her much except holidays, weddings, funerals, etc., until she was grown. Her adult years endeared her to everyone in our family, as well as those not in our family. I’ve never known and loved a more caring, loving, happy person in my life! She was an inspiration to all and we will always remember the love she brought into our family. She was/is truly an angel.
–Roberta Long, cousin
Tanya married my cousin and we became sisters. I could chat with her for hours and always feel so happy and blessed when I got off the phone. Her giggle was contagious. What she did not realize was how special she made others feel. I miss our calls so much. If I could be in heaven I would talk to my dad first and Tanya second. She and RV are very dear to my heart.
—Deanna Morse, cousin-in-law