Tanya graduated with an Ed.S. degree from MSU and went on to earn her doctorate from LaSalle University. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Phi Delta Kappa. Tanya was an educator for 41 years. She spent 8 years in Cincinnati and the last 33 years with the Lansing School District, retiring in 2010 as a Special Education Administrator. She was a longtime member of Friendship Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband of 35 years, J. Michael Pillow, Sr.; 4 children, Kenneth Hickman, Sr., Scott Hickman, Andre Pillow and J. Michael (Monetté) Pillow, Jr.; 5 grandchildren; and a host of cousins and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.
The funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2012, at Friendship Baptist Church, 2912 Pleasant Grove Rd., Lansing, with the Rev. Dr. Clyde D. Carnegie officiating. A family hour will be held one hour prior to the service. Entombment will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association or hospice of the donor’s choice.