Collard Valley Cooks
Tammy Benefield Nichols was born in 1969 and grew up in Collard Valley in Polk County Georgia. She attended Polk County schools and graduated from Cedartown High School in 1987. After getting a degree in Architectural Engineering from Southern Technical Institute in 1992 she began work for the firm CDH Partners, eventually becoming a project manager.
In 1999 Tammy married Chris Nichols, who was a teacher and coach at that time in Rockmart. They moved to Dade County and later to Paulding County. Tammy had her first daughter, May, in 2000 and her second, Amy in 2001. By 2009 Tammy had been laid off due to the recession by CDH and it was found that she had Triple Negative Stage 3C Breast Cancer in 2010. She survived the cancer, although it has taken a heavy toll on her health and has resulted in many serious surgeries and physical issues.
Throughout her life Tammy loved cooking and came from a family of talented cooks. Her Mother Iva was a caterer and baker for years. Her Granny Benefie