While its never a good thing to lose a loved one, its important to honor their memory best we can. GayRVA is a unique voice here in Richmond, and we’d like to be a place were people from the city can share the unique stories of their loved ones. If you’ve lost someone and you wish to honor them with some kind words, please consider reaching out us, we’ll be happy to give you an outlet for your tribute.
-BK, GayRVA Editor – Editor@gayrva.com
by Teresa Vertner
Tara was born February 9, 1981 near Detroit. Sadly, she suffered from bi-polar disorder which eventually became too heavy a burden for her to bear. She took her life on June 29, 2013 at the age of 32. She was a valued employee of Verizon at the time.
Tara graduated from Eisenhower Senior High School in Shelby Township, Michigan, in 1999. She then attended Specs Howard Technical Institute where she did extremely well. She interrupted her education to join the U.S.Navy for a brief stint, until they discovered her bi-polar problems whereupon she was honorably discharged.
Tara then went back to her education, this time at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, where she graduated cum laude in theater arts. Her careers included working on Princess Cruise Line as a sound and lighting engineer, and Swink Hotels in Washington, D.C. as lighting engineer; after which she moved to Richmond, where she fell in love with the history of the place. She found work as a DirecTV installer, then as a customer service rep at Capital One, and finally as an installer at Verizon where they praised her work.
A service was held for Tara here in Richmond at a JRTS meeting at the Fan Free Clinic. This was a photo of a remembrance card that attendees could write messages on. It was delivered to Tara’s family. (photo via Roland Winston)
She leaves behind a very loving family: her Mother, Jacqueline Travis, her stepfather, Robert Travis, her sister, Stephanie Hill, her beautiful grandparents, Louis and Arlene Kopp, and two wonderful aunts, Kris Staten (pronounced like “Stay”) and Michael “Jane” Kopp and their families. Tara will be missed by her many friends, which included such a cross-section of diversity like one rarely sees. She loved everyone, and every one that knew her loved her.