Funeral services are now set for a state circuit judge who passed away Wednesday at just age 39 following a battle with cancer.
A life celebration for Circuit Judge Tanya Gee will be held at 4 p.m., October 5 at Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia. Gee was elected to the bench by legislators last year after several years working as Chief Staff Attorney and Clerk of Court for the South Carolina Court of Appeals. Prior to her time in the court system, she was also an attorney with the Nexsen Pruitt law firm.
Gee had been very public about the cancer fight that occurred during most of her brief time as judge. In a letter to friends and family written not long before her death, she wrote, “I always talk about cancer using terms like ‘fight,’ ‘kicking ass,” and ‘winning.’ I don’t like conceding that I have lost the fight because I don’t feel like a loser right now. I feel like I have one last battle in front of me, and that is to die well.”
“I hate that I’m leaving the party early, but am awed by being on the brink of taking the next step, which we all should be looking forward to,” she continued.
The Winthrop University and University of South Carolina Law School alum also worked as a law clerk to state Supreme Court Justice Kaye Hearn prior to Hearn being elected to the high court.
She is survived by her husband and two children. In lieu of flowers, her family is asking for contributions to a loan forgiveness program through the Tanya A. Gee Warriors for Justice Fund at the USC School of Law.