Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Teresa Karen Anderson Day, a loving wife, caring mother, grandmother and cherished friend, passed away Saturday, the 29th of September, 2012, in Houston, Texas.
Born on the 6th of December, 1946, in Ada, Okla., to Bill R. and Katherine A. Anderson, she spent her childhood and early adult years in Pond Creek, a small farming community in northern Oklahoma.
She had a quiet dignity, always poised and mature beyond her years. She graduated with the high school class of 1963, and was the loveliest football queen of her time. She attended Northwestern State University on an academic scholarship.
After a long courtship, on the 10th of October 1965, she married James C. Day. It was the beginning of a lifelong loving relationship that spanned almost 47 years.
The couple initially lived in Enid, Okla., where she worked for Enid State School and then Oklahoma Department of Human Resources as a social worker, a career she pursued for 18 years in Enid, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Ardmore, Okla., all locations to which Jim was transferred by Oklahoma Natural Gas Company or Noble Corporation.
Throughout all of the family’s moves, and ultimately, in Houston, where the family resided the last 23 years, Teresa, in her soft but firm manner, directed and organized a loving and comforting home for the three children she loved and the husband she doted on and catered to.
Half-measures were never enough in any of her life efforts, whether decorating to lovely excess on the holidays, making a small turn-of-the-century house on the family ranch, or their home in Colorado, a perfect retreat for the family, she devoted herself to wholly and completely. She was one of those God-given personalities who fulfill themselves in the care and support of others, particularly those they love.
The real joy of Teresa and Jim’s life together were the children they raised together. On the 17th of April, 1972, Heather Ayn was born and filled their home with a new level of joy. Five years later, Jennifer Erin, a bundle of energy and happiness, was born on the 23rd of January, 1977, and finally, on the 8th of February, 1984, James Curtis (a special surprise) brought a level of animated sound to the growing family, the impact of which was never fully appreciated by his sisters! Teresa was the consummate mother. There was never an event missed or a bland birthday party. She was always there with that perfect word of encouragement or needed consolation.
Over the 30 years of Jim’s involvement with Noble Corporation, Teresa developed many special friends at the company. Always concerned and solicitous about the Noble employees, she was particularly honored in 2007 by the Noble Corporation honoring her for her contributions to the company. The University of Oklahoma College of Earth and Energy named the Dean Suite in her honor. She was later recognized by the Boys and Girls Country for her years of support to that organization. After Jim’s retirement, she redirected her energies to other endeavors, but her family was always the center of her life and caring nature.
Teresa is survived by her devoted husband of 47 years; daughter, Heather Day and sons, Harrison Morrow and Jordan Morrow of Sugar Land, Texas; daughter, Jennifer Day, also of Sugar Land; son, James Day and wife Katie of Houston, Texas; father, Bill Anderson of Ponca City; brother, Bill Anderson and wife Diana of Houston; brother, Brian Anderson and wife Tammie of Edmond.
Teresa’s passing was preceded by her mother, Katherine Anderson, and brother, Steve Anderson.
It is impossible to summarize anyone’s life in a few well-chosen words, especially a loved one. It is particularly difficult when their primary role is devotion to others. It is perhaps easier, in this instance, to describe Teresa’s life attributes — that is, kind, loving, cherished, admired and an example for others. These were all threads of the tapestry that Teresa wove over her brief lifetime. It is a marvelous tapestry filled with family, friends and a life well lived!
Arrangements in Houston and Oklahoma City are entrusted to Geo. H. Lewis & Sons — The Funeral Directors Since 1936, www.geohlewis.com, (713) 789-3005; with local assistance from Hahn — Cook / Street & Draper Funeral Directors, (405) 848-3744, www.hahn cookfuneral.com.
In Houston, friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from 5 o’clock in the afternoon until 8 p.m. today, the 3rd of October, 2012, in the parlor and grand foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive.
The funeral service is to be conducted at 11 o’clock in the morning on Thursday, the 4th of October, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the adjacent grand foyer.
In Oklahoma City, a memorial service is to be conducted at 2 o’clock in the afternoon on Friday, the 5th of October, at Nichols Hills United Methodist Church, 1212 Bedford Drive in Nichols Hills. A reception is to follow at Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club, 7000 NW Grand Boulevard, also in Nichols Hills.
Prior to Friday afternoon’s service, the family will have gathered for a private entombment at Rose Hill Burial Park in Oklahoma City.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions in Teresa’s name may be directed to Fort Bend Education Foundation, 16431 Lexington Blvd., Sugar Land, Texas, 77479; or to First United Methodist Church of Pond Creek, P.O. Box 177, Pond Creek, OK, 73766.
(Submitted by family)