Amanda Gail Tanner, 43, of Bloomington, died peacefully in her sleep Wednesday (Jan. 10, 2018) at her home. An automobile accident in 2010 left her partially disabled and brokenhearted from the loss of her daughter, Cassidy. She never fully recovered.
The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home. She will be cremated, with inurnment at Riverside Cemetery, Saybrook, later this spring.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family, c/o Rachel Duffield, for Amanda’s son, Wyatt.
Amanda was born Oct. 25, 1974, in Honolulu, Hawaii, the daughter of Terry M. and Cynthia S. McHenry Tanner. She was a beautiful baby with a full head of black hair and, according to her maternal grandmother, you could hear the buttons popping off her daddy’s shirt right through the phone line when he called to announce her arrival.
Amanda is survived by her son, Wyatt Broers; her parents, Terry and Cindy Tanner; her brother, Matthew Tanner; her sister, Rachel (Jason) Duffield; and her two nephews, Liam and Lachlan Duffield.
Amanda was born into a military family and lived in Hawaii, California, Virginia, and Illinois during her childhood. As a young girl, she enjoyed many adventures caving with her Girl Scout troop. She graduated from Normal Community High School, where she participated in marching band and chorus. Amanda married Brian Broers, and they were blessed with Cassidy Morgan and Wyatt Seth Broers.
Amanda was very proud of Cassidy and Wyatt and spent many hours coaching softball or cheering from the sidelines at their sporting events. Even with her limited mobility, she took pride in recently completing a 5k walk to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Amanda had a wacky sense of humor, liked to make others laugh, and was able to laugh at herself. She loved nothing more than curling up on the couch with Wyatt at her side to watch a movie. She was loved.
“Life is a tunnel, not a cave, keep walking and you will find the light again.” Atticus
And so it is our fervent prayer that you have!
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