Teresa S. "Teri" Tennison (July 09, 1961 - July 11, 2011)

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Teresa S. "Teri" Tennison
  • July 09, 1961
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  • July 11, 2011

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Teresa Susan Tennison “Teri”, 50 of New Smyrna Beach died peacefully Monday, July 11, 2011 with her husband and family by her side.    Teri was born July 9, 1961 in Kansas City, MO.  She and her husband, Orin moved to New Smyrna Beach in 2000.  Teri worked as an Air Traffic Controller in Louisiana, San Juan, and Daytona Beach retiring after 26 years of service.  She is survived by her loving of husband of 25 years, Orin; parents, Susan and Michael Swortwood of New Smyrna Beach; sister and brother-in-law, Cathy and Terry Lucchi of Pittsburg, KS; brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Jane Swortwood of Ashgrove, MO;  nephew and niece, MJ and McKenzie Swortwood of Ashgrove, MO;  numerous other family members and her adored.   In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial donations be made to CCFAW.org (Concerned Citizens For Animal Welfare) or your local favorite animal charity.  A Memorial Mass will be held 11AM, Saturday, July 23, 2011 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, New Smyrna Beach. 

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  1. Todd Neice-Keach says:
    14 Jun 2012
    I have just learned and am stunned. I remember Teri well from Junior High days in O.P. and how much zest for life she had with her family and horses. To everyone, I am truly sorry for your loss and hope that time has healed some wounds.

  2. Marcos Melendez says:
    06 Jun 2012
    My condolences to your entire family, sorry I could not make it Orlando carried a message on my behalf, hope you got it. Just retired too. 787-668-9136

  3. Lisa Taylor says:
    02 Sep 2011
    I knew Teri from helping her with a small colony of cats she was feeding in New Smyrna Beach. She was one of us. She was a person who saw something that needed help and took the iniative to help without wondering why "someone else" didn't take care of it. She adored that mom cat and her kittens and did everything she could to help them, including adopting the mom. Two of those kittens are still here, grown big and healthy waiting to be adopted, I wish she could see them.

    I was stunned to hear Teri is gone... What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness. We may not understand why she left this earth so soon, or why she left beore others were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that she died, but that she lived. And that her life gave us memories... Thank you so much for all of your help with the animals.

    SPCA Foster & Adopt Program

  4. Ron & Jessie Yerrid says:
    24 Jul 2011
    We only knew Teri for a short time. We met Teri through our prayer group. She was truly an inspiration to us..We are so sorry for your loss but know she is now in heaven. We will truly miss her!!!

  5. Pat F. says:
    22 Jul 2011
    Dear Family,

    I am so sorry to learn about the loss of your beloved Teresa. Please know that so many people share your grief with you to help you through this difficult time of sorrow. Please accept my deepest condolences as we await the time when Christ Jesus will awaken all of those who have fallen asleep in death; including your beloved, Mary. (John 11:41-44).

  6. Donna Cain says:
    16 Jul 2011
    I'm at a loss for words- she was such a good friend, although we didn't hang out as much once we all moved to Florida. She was the kind of friend that I could not see for months and then when we did see each other, we could just pick up the conversation right where we left off. She was the most fair and just supervisor/co-worker/friend anyone could ever have. You are loved Teri Sue and will be missed greatly by so many. My heart is with you Orin, Mom and Dad, and the rest of the family.

  7. Randy and Rhonda Worthington says:
    16 Jul 2011
    Orin, We can not imagine the pain you must feel. Teri was such a supportive coworker and true friend to me. My God bless you and your family during this sorrowful time. Take care, Randy and Rhonda

  8. Karen and Mike Reid says:
    15 Jul 2011
    Teri was a great friend and coworker. She was given only 50 years to make a difference and she did! We love her and miss her. Take care Orin. Love, Karen

  9. Wayne and Patsy Tillman says:
    12 Jul 2011
    Orin, Susan, Michael, Michael William, and Cathy - Words cannot express our sorrow at this time. Your faith and closeness as a family will help you through this terrible time and I know you will be even closer in the future. We weep with you but also rejoice that she is in a better place and free of all the pain of this horrible disease. God's Blessings on all of you.

  10. Buddy Hughes says:
    12 Jul 2011
    We will all miss Teri. She enriched the lives of so many. We appreciated her many contributions to Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.

  11. Tes Smith says:
    12 Jul 2011
    Orin, such a sad day to hear of Teri's passing, she is my inspiration and will forever be in my heart, if there is anything I can do please let me know, God Bless, Tes

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