Luella Mae Terry - June 19, 2011
Luella Mae Terry, long-time Denver resident and homemaker, entered peacefully into eternal life on Sunday, June 19, 2011, in Commerce City, Colo.
Born July 22, 1926, in Elsie, Neb., to Presley and Effie (Kline) Kennedy, Luella grew up on her family’s farm in Wauneta, Neb., with her three siblings, Bill, Francis and Don.
After completing high school she worked in Hayes Center, but was lured to Denver in 1945. There, she attended Barnes Business School and worked for Capital Life Insurance before eventually returning home to help care for her mother.
It was in Wauneta that she caught the eye of her beloved husband, Jack Terry. Independent of each other, they moved to Denver where their courtship continued. On Sept. 18, 1947, they were united in marriage.
As a dedicated wife, she accompanied Jack back to Wauneta once again to run the Terry family farm. It was here that Luella’s three daughters, Linda, Barbara and Elaine, were born.
In advance of Linda starting school in 1955, they returned to Denver where they subsequently built and made their longtime home, welcoming their son, Rick, into the family.
A pillar of strength, she quietly and lovingly cared for her family in the years that followed. She took great pride in raising her children, spending the vast majority of her time supporting them in their activities - swimming, music lessons, baseball and football games.
The joy her family brought her was enormous and she was never shy to express how much being a wife, mother, aunt and grandmother meant to her.
Luella enjoyed sewing, playing softball, roller skating, exercising, crocheting, cultivating her flowers and riding her bike. But above all, she cherished a good baseball game. She was an avid bowler competing in several leagues.
In her later years, Luella worked for a publishing company and kept the books for her husband’s contracting business.
She will forever be remembered for her fried chicken, poppy seed cakes and colorful Christmas popcorn balls.
Knowing her memory was failing, she never lost her dignity and continued to delight her family with her unfiltered commentary and humor. For better or worse, she rode the tides of life with her best friend, Jackson, who lovingly cared for her until the end.
She leaves behind her husband of 63 years, Jack Terry; daughters Linda (Larry), Barbara and Elaine (Dave); daughter-in-law Tina; six grandchildren, two great grandchildren; brother Donald (Jackie) Kennedy, and sister-in-law, Lola Kennedy, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her son Rick, her parents; brother Bill Kennedy; and sister, Francis Kerchal.
Memorial services were held at the Olinger Crown Hill Chapel of Peace Friday, June 24 at 12 o’clock noon with Pastor Mark Benish officating.
Musical selections chosen were “Somewhere My Love,” “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art” and “Thanks for the Memories” with Linda Cusimano as pianist and soloist.
Inurnment will be held at the Fort Logan National Cemetery on Friday, July 1, 2011 at 11:15 a.m.
Condolences may be offered at www.CrownHillFuneral.com