Tamara Beth Fresquez (Rooskie), 60, passed away after her hard-fought battle with cancer, on the morning of October 11, 2018, at home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on September 16, 1958, in Lubbock TX, to Mary Beth Tarter (Morgan) and Bill Tarter.
Tamara was extremely loving and caring. She was an extraordinary mother, daughter, wife, sister, aunt, cousin, mentor, and teacher. Her favorite activities included spending time with her family and friends, singing, swimming, organizing family reunions, and baking on cloudy days. She was a past member and president of Delta Kappa Gamma and presently involved in the church choir.
Tamara graduated from Goddard High School, class of 1977. Following graduation, she attended College at West Texas A&M, where she was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority. She completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in education and finished with a master’s Degree in Education from Eastern New Mexico University. She taught elementary school for 27 years, most of those being at Berrendo Elementary School, where she was a favorite of many of her students and staff. Following retirement, she worked as bookkeeper, and then most recently worked for the Department of Health, for the program, Healthy Kids Chavez County where she served as coordinator and for Healthy Kids Healthy Communities as state BMI surveillance coordinator.
She met her husband, love of her life, Kenneth Michael Fresquez. They celebrated 29 years of marriage this March. Tamara and Ken enjoyed camping, traveling, and kayaking in Big Bend. Once married, they gave birth to lovely twins, Elizabeth Kendra Fresquez and Alexandra Beth Fresquez in 1991.
She was predeceased by her father Bill Tarter who passed away in January of 2011, as well as her sweet pets, Jessie, Koko, Max, Sassy, and Jessica. She is survived by her husband Kenneth Fresquez of Roswell NM, her daughters Elizabeth and Alexandra Fresquez of Roswell NM, her mother Mary Beth Tarter of Roswell NM, her brother Curt Tarter and his wife Sue, their children, Dylan Tarter of Lubbock TX, and Tashina Lilley (Tarter) and her husband Tim, as well as their two children Lucas and Henry of Parker CO. Also, her brother Steve Tarter and his wife Dorothy, both of Roswell, NM. She is also survived by her father-in-law and mother-in-law Pete and Lydia Fresquez, her sister-in-law Kathy Chavez and her husband Frank, and their daughter Sabrina, and her daughter Lynette, and her sister-in law Tessa Fresquez, all of Albuquerque NM. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Phillip Fresquez, and his wife Sheila and son Christian. In addition to these, her precious miniature Schnauzer, Bella.
Tamara will be dearly missed by her family and friends and she will forever be in our hearts.
We would like to thank all of our family and friends who have been such a great support during this difficult time. We would also like to thank Kindred Hospice, MD Anderson, Presbyterian Cancer Center, Sun Country Physical Therapy, and Kymera Cancer Center.
Dear family of Tamara, I extend my condolence to you. It's difficult and painful to lose a dear love one. It is my hope that the Promise given to her by God provide comfort to your hearts . This Promise is located in the Loving words of Acts 24:15 and John 11:25. May you receive comfort that will help ease your pain of grief.
Emma R, NM
I first met Tamra when I was like 8 or 10 years old at NMMI where I took swim lessons. Then, I had her as one of my third grade teachers. She was always so kind to all of us. As I grew up I had the pleasure of working with her daughters at a local dance studio. She was also one of my mentors as a new teacher. This woman influenced so many lives. She was so kind and thoughtful. She had a calm voice. I know her friends and family, especially Elizabeth and Alexandra, will just miss her terribly. My heart goes out to all.
Tennise LucasRoswell, NM
Very sad to hear about the passing of Tamara. Thinking about all of you.
Debra ArchuletaWhite Rock, NM
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Tamara was a wonderful person, teacher, and friend.
Sandra and Sage BarrazaRoswell, NM
Tamara lived a full life and left behind many loving family members, friends, and students. That is the true sign of success! Her entire family is in our prayers.
Tommy & Mary Beth OwenFORT WORTH, TX
Tamara was beautiful inside and out. She was also really brave. I was fortunate to know her as a fellow teacher and member of Delta Kappa Gamma. I know she will be missed by family and friends. My heart goes out to each of them. I do not think I will be able to attend the service. But I will continue to pray for her loved ones. May God comfort and encourage now and the weeks to come.
Jerry (Seale) Stone
Jerry (Seale) StoneRoswell, NM
I would like to say that I am so very very sorry to hear about the Lost of your Daughter, Sister, Aunt, and Cousin and friend. I would like to say that she was a wonderful person and teacher. She helped my daughter as a teacher and friendwhen amy daughter went to Berrendo Elementary School. Thank you Mrs Fresquez for being you. May the Lord hold you extra tight in his arms and allow you to mourn as long as you need too. Love in God's eyes.
Debbie MillsRoswell, NM
Ken, I was ever so sorry to hear of Tamara's passing - - I had no idea she was so ill. All the best to you and your beautiful daughters! Take Care, Time heals. Love, Robin
Robin HughesRoswell, NM
Our prayers of strength be with all the family during this difficult time of the loss of such a matriarch !!
Sincerely Tim & Cheryl
Tim & Cheryl WaffulRoswell, NM