Tamara “Tami” Bond Grimes, 63, Frostburg, went to her eternal rest on Monday, Nov. 21, at UPMC Western Maryland, surrounded by her loving family.
Born July 18, 1959 in Frostburg, Tami was the daughter of the late Arthur T. Bond and Patricia (Klosterman) Bond. She was preceded in death by her husband, the love of her life, Robert “Bobby” Grimes in 2005.
Tami graduated Beall High School in 1977 and studied computer technology at Allegany College. She and her husband lived in Oklahoma for several years before they returned to western Maryland where she worked in the family businesses for 34 years as the office manager for Bond Home Center, Bond Home Improvement, Bond Enterprises, and ATB Partnership. In addition, she assisted her father in his many political and community service endeavors, including serving as his campaign treasurer and working with him on the annual Frostburg Elks' Derby Day races.
Tami was also active in the American Legion Farrady Post 24, the F.O.E. Cresaptown Eagles Auxiliary #2883, and Frostburg Eagles Ladies Auxiliary 1273, holding various leadership positions including Maryland State Madam President of the Eagles Auxiliary from 2018 to 2019. During that time, she chose Kenny’s Hope for Childhood Cancer as her charity of choice. She believed deeply in their ideals of liberty, justice, truth, and equality. She worked hard for their various causes to promote people helping people to make the world a better place.
She is survived by her devoted son, Bryon J. Bond, and two granddaughters whom she loved dearly, Halle Janae Bond and Tess Noelle Bond. In addition, she leaves behind two brothers, Arthur Thomas (Tom) Bond, Jr. and wife, Mary, and Bill Bond and wife, Carolyn. Tami cared deeply for her nephew Tom Bond and his daughter Bella; her niece Shanon Robertson and husband John and their sons J.T. Hosken, Evan Robertson, and Wesley Minnick; her niece Brittany Bible and husband Daniel and their son Gavin; and her niece Abbey Brodie and husband Braxten and daughters Caelyn, Adalyn, and Laykyln. She leaves behind her special friend of recent years, Bob McMillan, and his son Tyler, as well as numerous extended family members and many lifelong friends.
Tami had a sweet and steady nature with a quiet, inner strength that upheld her through life’s trials. She loved her family dearly and made the holidays such special occasions with her carefully chosen gifts, homemade dishes, and her gentle, caring spirit.
The family wishes to extend gratitude to the caring staff of UPMC-WM, particularly the Intensive Care Unit, and to her niece Shanon who served as a strong and loving advocate for her care during the final days of her life.
Friends will be received at Durst Funeral Home, 57 Frost Ave., Frostburg, on Monday, November 28, 2022 from 4PM to 8PM.
The Cresaptown Eagles Auxiliary will conduct a service on Monday at 7:00 PM.
A funeral service will be conducted at Durst Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at 12 noon with Pastor Bruce McBride Officiating. Friends and family will be received one hour prior to service.
Interment will be at Frostburg Memorial Park.
The family requests that memorials take the form of donations to Kenny’s Hope for Childhood Cancer, 18400 Breakneck Rd NE, Flintstone, MD 21530