Tara Dawn Wood, age 51, of Miami, Florida, passed away peacefully at home on December 25th, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer. Tara was born November 4th , 1968 in Manhattan, KS, to Gary and Opal Wood (Guernsey). She was a 1987 graduate of Manhattan High School and was active in sports. While at Manhattan High, Tara was a member of the girl’s golf team and went to state competition in 1984. 1985 and 1986. She was also a member of the girl’s track team and competed in shot put and discus. Tara also enjoyed playing softball in her youth and was once a member of the Manhattan Cuties team. After high school, Tara attended Kansas State University, University of North Texas, and Florida International University.

For the past 30 years, Tara worked for Ryder Corporation in Miami, Florida and had a passion for her career in information technology. Tara had an infectious laugh and a calming personality, along with a great love for animals, particularly her family pets. She also enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends. Trips to Disney World were a particular favorite. Additionally, Tara loved music and played guitar when she had a spare moment.

Tara is survived by her friend and partner of 26 years, Lauraine Werlau of Miami, FL, father Gary Wood, of Manhattan, KS, mother Opal Guernsey, of Haines City, FL, brother and sister-in-law, Tony and Shelley Wood, of Pawnee City, NE, nephew Alex Wood and wife Kelsey of Lincoln, NE, and nephew Caleb Wood and fiancé Taylor Neiman, of Scottsdale, AZ, great-nephew Zander Wood and numerous other cousins, aunts and uncles.

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