Lydia Espitia says she and her mother Tammy Berry did everything together.
"Anyone you ask, if they saw her, they saw me and vice versa," she said. "We went to medical assisting school together, as well as phlebotomy school. She always supported and pushed me and my brother to do our best and achieve our dreams."
Berry passed away on Christmas Eve day in a single-vehicle wreck while on her route as a mail carrier in Murray County, where she lived.
"The Chatsworth Post Office is devastated by the loss of Tammy Berry," said U.S. Postal Service spokesman Susan Wright. "Tammy was well-regarded by her customers and coworkers in Chatsworth, where she worked as a rural carrier associate. The entire Postal Service family offers deepest condolences to Tammy’s friends and loved ones, especially her husband and children. She will be dearly missed."
Espitia said her mother had been working for the post office since 2012.
"She loved animals," she said. "She carried dog biscuits to make sure she gave them to every dog on her mail route every day."
Espitia said Berry had degrees in accounting and medical assisting and was a certified phlebotomist.
"She would go above and beyond to help those in need when she was able to," she said. "She was a kind, loving person. Her family meant the world to her. She loved her grandbabies. She loved traveling and seeing the world and getting tattoos. She had multiple and planned on getting many more. She had just gotten a new one of the Grinch, which was her favorite animated character."
Espitia said her mother had a "bright, bubbly personality."
"She was a child at heart," she said. "She had gotten a Grinch pen dispenser the Sunday before the accident, and she carried it with her everywhere and showed it to everyone, even to work."
A Facebook fundraiser has been set up to help the family with Berry's burial costs. It ends Sunday. Those interested in donating can find it at https://www.facebook.com/donate/503748963586627/10216021202862861.
"It makes me overwhelmingly happy to know she was such a bright person in other peoples' lives as well, and to see the love others have for her, to know she was such a force in our community," said Espitia. "My family is so extremely appreciative of all the support and the fundraisers. We could never thank those donating and praying for us enough. She’d like to be remembered by how much love she put into the world, especially her family and friends. Also, her happiness and positivity about everything."