Shanna Stromberg was many things, but being a mom was the only one that mattered to her.
The 33-year-old Tacoma woman doted on her two daughters. She took them to the mall, to get their nails done, to just drive around town laughing and talking.
“She loved the hell out of her girls,” said Stromberg’s mother, Nancy Laurendeau. “It was all about them.”
Stromberg was killed Aug. 25 while turning onto the street where she lived.
She was traveling west on East 84th Street and made a left turn onto East B Street. A Dodge Magnum driven by a 26-year-old man hit the side of Stromberg’s Kia Forte, police said.
Stromberg was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver and his female passenger suffered minor injuries.
Although investigators initially believed Stromberg might have turned in front of the other car without seeing it, they now suspect the 26-year-old driver was speeding and possibly impaired.
Pierce County prosecutors are awaiting toxicology results before deciding whether to charge the man.
Stromberg’s friends immediately started raising money for her funeral service and to help support her daughters. Her youngest, Tory, celebrated her first birthday two days before Stromberg was killed. Her oldest, T’anna Thomas, turned 14 in July.
T’anna described her mother, a medical biller at Community Health Care, as loving, passionate and caring.
“She was a very outgoing person,” T’anna said. “She could always find some way to make us all laugh.”
There was the time she was assigned to provide bacon for a family holiday breakfast but ran out of time so she stopped at Denny’s to order some to go.
She would design and sew elaborate Halloween costumes for her kids.
Stromberg loved to tell her younger sister she smelled, and made it a point every Christmas to gift her a scented Bath & Body Works set.
T’anna might start doing the same for her aunt.
“That’s a tradition that can’t die,” she said.
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A memorial service for Shanna Stromberg will be at 6 p.m. Friday (Sept. 2) at Fircrest Presbyterian Church, 1250 Emerson St., Tacoma
Donations to raise money for Shanna Stromberg’s funeral can be made here.