Claudine McCallum, affectionately known as Tommie, passed away on May 4, 2018 at the age of 93 in Sparks, Nevada. She was born in Lemoore, California to Thomas Rose and Clara Uthe Rose, where she lived until moving to the San Francisco Bay Area to attend nursing school, a profession befitting her warm and caring nature.
Working at Highland Hospital in Oakland, she met the love of her life, Jim McCallum, known as Jimbo to family, to whom she was married for 56 loving and fun-filled years. They settled in Los Altos where he practiced dentistry in Palo Alto and she devoted her life to caring for Jimbo and their six children.
After spending decades raising their children, she became a counselor at The Diet Center in Los Altos, a job she loved because she was helping people. She also participated in The Women’s Health Initiative, hoping that the findings from the decades-long study would help women lead longer and healthier lives.
A rare soul who put people instantly at ease, she was loved by all who knew her and made those she met feel special, from neighbors to shop owners to strangers and everyone in between. Whoever she came in contact with was forever touched by her kindness, compassion, warmth, humor, grace, humility and positivity, traits she had until the day she died.
She enjoyed the beach, reading and learning, gardening, walking with friends, swimming, crossword puzzles, trying new things, keeping our planet healthy, and spending time with family, friends, and especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She lived life quietly but fully, and always with joy and laughter.
Tommie was predeceased by Jimbo in 2002. She is survived by her six children Patrick (Lenell) of Belmont, Cindy Topol (Steve) of Reno, Debbie Bunker of San Diego, Kevin of Sparks, Peggy (Steve Mayfield) of Cardiff, and Peter of Milpitas, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Heartfelt thanks to The Arbors Memory Care and Kindred Hospice in the Sparks/Reno area for so lovingly caring for Tommie and her whole family.
A private memorial is pending. In lieu of flowers, donations honoring Tommie’s life should be made to your local hospice.