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Theresa (Terry) was born in Peterson, Alabama on August 21, 1957, to the late Lula Mae Smith and late Jim Smith. Theresa (Aunt Terry) passed away peacefully on November 11, 2022, at 6:02am, with her sister Evangelist Violet Hall and brother-in-law Sylvester Hall by her side at Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon. Theresa known as Aunt Terry to her family was born and raised in Peterson, Alabama. After the death of her mother, she was brought to Portland, Oregon and cared for by her sister Evangelist Violet Hall for 30 years, 11 months and 11 days.
Theresa (Aunt Terry) was loving and caring, and her smile lit up the room. She loved everyone and would often say “everyone loves me.” Theresa’s family was always very protective of her. She rarely lost her temper with the exception of when her sister Evangelist Hall would come home from work and called her to come upstairs. She would say “hear she comes calling me when she knows Little Hospital aka Little House on the Prairie is on.” Terry had a wonderful life. She knew she was loved by her sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, and everybody she knew. She enjoyed being in Portland, a new place, with her five (5) siblings, Evangelist Violet Hall, Rosa, Bud, Lee-Lee, and Dobie. Terry was a beautiful young woman who had a special LOVE for babies and young children. She was excellent with babysitting. She became a young, doting auntie who loved all her nieces and nephews dearly - - and cared for each of them as if they were her own!
When her sister Violet began to care for numerous and diverse foster children who needed a loving home, Aunt Terry also began to help and assist, providing nurturing care and comfort. Like her nieces and nephews, the foster children fell in love with Terry also - - as she fed them, changed their clothes and dirty diapers as needed. Terry never complained, but demonstrated parental love with a smile, as she had also received herself. Terry enjoyed watching TV, especially with her nephew Abduel and brother-in-law, Sylvester, who was also an integral part of her daily life. She also enjoyed listening to Gospel Music, but Michael Jackson, King of Pop, was her all-time favorite musical artist! Terry also thoroughly enjoyed helping her sister Violet clean up and maintain a beautiful, well-kept home. She seemed to never tire, making sure everything was immaculate and clean and ensuring everyone was comfortable. Additionally, Terry loved keeping her own room immaculate and clean, allowing her to display her numerous stuffed animals and beautiful collection of baby dolls dressed in their finery - - which brought her great joy!
One of Terry’s favorite things to do was color…making things colorful and beautiful, consequently, she had quite a variety of coloring books. Terry also loved spending time with her family, shopping and attending church.
Finally, TERRY ALSO LOVED THE LORD! Her most famous words she kept repeating lately was: “GOD GOT ME!!!” She believed and proclaimed these words daily! And we can all witness it to be true! Indeed, GOD had her and now eternally does! Terry professed salvation as a young adult, initially under the spiritual leadership of Bishop A. A. Wells and Mother Mattie Wells at Emmanuel Temple Church, 1032 N. Sumner Street, Portland, Oregon. She also loved and highly respected her current Pastors, Bishop C. T. Wells and Lady DeAngeloa Wells.
Terry’s memory is forever cherished by her incredible siblings, Evangelist Violet Mae Hall (Sylvester), Rosa Mae Kennedy (Nathaniel), Nancy Matthew, Elicia Smith, Orlando Smith (Crystal), and a host of nieces, nephews, and dearest, beloved friends.
Her Precious and beloved parents preceded her in death, as well as four (4) brothers, William (Buddy Boy), James, Edward (Eddie) and Marvin (Bud) Smith.
I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4-7.