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Teacher's dying wish: Backpacks full of supplies instead of flowers

Teacher's wish granted at her funeral: backpacks full of supplies instead of flowers.

Posted: Jun 29, 2018 4:55 AM

A teacher in Georgia got her dying wish granted at her funeral after losing her fight to cancer.

The teacher, Tammy Waddell, efforts touched hearts across the world.

On her deathbed, family said Waddell asked loved ones to bring backpacks full of supplies, instead of flowers to her funeral for students in need, her cousin Dr. Brad Johnson tweeted.

"My cousin's final request at her funeral was Backpacks full of supplies for needy students instead of flowers. A teacher to the end," he tweeted, along with a moving photo from the funeral that showed backpacks lining the aisle.

Friends Waddell had a passion for teaching. According to an obituary, she worked at Sawnee Elementary in Cumming, Georgia.

In another moving photo, Dr. Johnson tweeted what he referred to as "honorary pallbearers" and said they were teachers who had taught with his cousin for years.

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