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Posted By Whitney & Murphy On August 27, 2015 @ 12:21 pm In Obituary | 5 Comments


Tiffany Ann Makaus, age 46, passed away at 1: 45 a.m. on Thursday, August 6, 2015 in her hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. Tiffany was born in Phoenix on February 25, 1969 to Suzan Spearin Makaus and Peter Robert Makaus. Tiffany’s early education included attending All Saints’ Episcopal Day School and Xavier College Preparatory High School. College years brought her to DePauw University where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. Her graduate education was at Thunderbird School of Global Management, where she earned a Master of International Management. After graduate school, Tiffany began her career in corporate finance and international business working for Circle K, The Bank of Guatemala, Zenith, Havi Group, and KPMG.  Prior to her passing, she served as a Vice President for JPMorgan Chase in Chicago, Illinois; Los Angeles, California; and Denver, Colorado.  Tiffany was also involved with numerous charities, among them, the Auxiliary Board of the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Junior League of Chicago, and the Field Museum of Chicago.

Tiffany was an intelligent, compassionate and energetic young woman who fiercely loved her friends, family and, of course, her faithful dog Murray. Tiffany loved art, music, history, and travel; and her passion for learning was infectious. Her friends and family will always remember her as a beautiful, intelligent woman with a keen sense of loyalty; a witty, irreverent sense of humor; and a distinguishable laugh and smile. To all the lives she touched, Tiffany remains an exceptional example of unwavering strength and modest character in the midst of overwhelming challenges. Tiffany’s strength, grace, kindness, and joie de vivre will not be forgotten.  

As a loving daughter and caring sister, Tiffany is survived by her father and mother, Peter and Suzan Makaus, and her brother Brent Makaus. Our heartfelt thanks to all of the doctors, nurses and others who provided unconditional support. The interment will be private in Los Angeles, California and a memorial service will be held in October in Phoenix, Arizona. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, the Translational Genomics Research Institute Foundation, the Phoenix Friends of the University of Arizona Cancer Center, or Ryan HouseHospice of the Valley in Phoenix, Arizona. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.


Condolences for the family of “MAKAUS, TIFFANY ANN”

Condolence from Mike MacDougal on August 28th, 2015 12:21 pm

As Godmother to my eldest daughter Brooke, Tiffany was inspirational, wise and fun. She lit up the room whenever we saw her. My daughters both loved her and immediately bonded with her. I have nothing but positive memories of Tiffany. She will be greatly missed by the entire family.

Condolence from karen rogers on August 31st, 2015 7:03 pm

Susan, What a beautiful daughter you had!! My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. With love, Karen Rogers.

Condolence from Catherine Churchill Coberly on September 1st, 2015 10:58 am

Dear Makaus family,

I am so sorry to hear of Tiffany’s passing. Although I haven’t seen her in many years, I always had so much fun whenever she and I and Allison Lynch were together. She was a wonderful, fun-loving friend.

Wishing you peace and sending love,
Catherine Churchill Coberly

Condolence from The Rev. Kimball Arnold on September 17th, 2015 8:31 pm

Dear Susan, Peter and Brent,
With much sadness, my heart breaks for all of you at the death of Tiffany. I remember her as a student at All Saints, a person who radiated love and light to others. Please know my prayers are with you during this painful time. I pray you will find a meaningful way to celebrate Tiffany and all she brought to this world. May God bless each of you as well as all family and friends.
With love, Kimball Arnold

Condolence from Abby Siegel on November 14th, 2015 10:47 pm

Dear Makaus Family,
I’m sorry I am just finding this site now. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I met Tiffany a few years ago through our friend Anne Longing and we enjoyed skiing together on several trips. I had a soft spot for her immediately despite her living in Denver and me in New York. There was something about Tiffany that drew me to her – maybe because my six year old is named Murray like her cute puppy – or just because she was such a lovely person and easy to know. I am thinking of you and still of Tiffany, and always will.
Abby Siegel

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