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Teacher makes final request for backpacks full of school supplies at funeral

Posted June 24, 2018 10:00 p.m. EDT
Updated June 24, 2018 11:23 p.m. EDT

— A Georgia teacher is advocating for students even after losing her battle with cancer.

According to an obituary, Tammy Waddell, 58, was a teacher for four decades before her death earlier this month.

At her funeral, many honored her final request to bring backpacks full of school supplies for students in need instead of sending flowers, according to a Twitter post from her cousin.

A tweeted photo of the chapel filled with backpacks went viral and has been shared thousands of times.

Nearly 100 other teachers who worked with Waddell served as honorary pallbearers, carrying backpacks out of the chapel and back to students at their school following the service.