Theresa Jean Tillman was born in Portland, Oregon on December 12th, 1948 to Bonnie Jean Holiday and raised by the only father she has ever known, Leon “Snook” Holiday.
Theresa attended Kennedy Elementary School and Adams High School before going on to pursue her G.E.D from Mt. Hood Community College.
Theresa was known as the aunt of all aunts. All of her nieces and nephews would always flock to her home in search of a good laugh. Theresa was a natural homemaker. She loved to cook and she loved to entertain. Her family knew that her home was always open. Brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews knew that they were always welcome. Wherever Theresa was, there was always a bed to sleep on and a meal to eat. Theresa was a beautiful person, one who would tell you about yourself with love, but always extended herself to those in need.
In her past time, Theresa enjoyed watching court shows, having a glass of wine and listening to music. But in addition, Theresa loved to dance. She was always the life of the party. She was very quick and witty and she always kept it real. Theresa had many very fond memories of her favorite place; Lou’s Higher Ground. She would tell us many of stories about this place with her frequently used catch phrase, “but in the meantime and between time.” Theresa enjoyed a good time with family and friends alike. She could have you laughing till you dropped. Theresa had a big heart and loved her four kids and five grandkids unconditionally.
She is preceded in death by her mother and father Bonnie and Leon Holiday, and her brother Teddy Warren. Her surviving siblings include; Ruth Holiday, Aisha Lincoln, Lynda J. Holiday-Lewis, Edna R. Kimmons (her husband Charles), Leon G. Holiday, Billy R. Holiday, Gwendolyn A Holiday, and James A. Holiday.
She leaves to cherish her memories, her two sons; Donny Johnson and Michael Cunningham, her two daughters; Teresita Simon (her husband Keith), Camaya Tillman, and her grandchildren; Tiarra Cowan, Nylee Simon and Nahieme Cunningham, her great grandson Julian and another grandchild on the way as well as a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Theresa, you will be missed, but never forgotten.
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