Teresa A Evans
Teresa Ann Evans born April 16, 1951 went to be with the lord and loved ones on August 21, 2008 at 12:45pm at the Franciscan Hospice House. Left behind by her parents Terry and Betty Pickering, her husband Paul, her daughter Nikki Parrish, stepson Nicholas Evans, granddaughter Talia Parrish, and her brother and sister Terry Pickering, Michele Pickering and many friends.
Teresa was a graduate of Vashon Island High School in 1970, moved and married her first husband John Parrish shortly after graduating. They had one child, Nikki and as a family moved to live in Tacoma , WA .
Teresa remarried in 1987 to her loving husband Paul on December 31,1987, and they began a new life by relocating to Puyallup , WA where Teresa became a Para-educator for the Puyallup Public Schools. She worked at Brouillet Elementary for 18+ years where she touched many lives and hearts. Making many friends, and many whom have become what she would call her family.
She had a love for working with children, gardening, animals, collecting birdhouses, angels and her family. Her faith in the lord was strong and she knew that one day she would pass to be with him. In her spare time she would refinish antique furniture and work in her yard. She and her granddaughter Talia loved to plant pumpkins to see how large they would grow each year.
On August 30, 2007 she found a lump in her right breast and shortly after was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. On October 8, 2007 she had a bilateral mastectomy and lymph removal.
On April 11, 2008, she officially was classified as being terminally ill. This came only 6 months after being diagnosed Breast Cancer. The doctors advised her due to the return of the Breast Cancer, even after a double mastectomy and 4 months of Chemotherapy, a miracle was needed and she held on to that. In addition to the Breast Cancer's return, it had spread to her Lymph system, skin and bones. She continued Chemotherapy in hopes to prolong her quality of life, and halt the spread of the disease.
On August 19, 2008 her family made the decision to place Teresa in the Franciscan Hospice house, it was a place of beauty and peace, that shared her faith and love for the lord. Her time there was full of love and many blessings. Many close friends and family members came to be with her as she passes with dignity and grace.
Mom asked if I would include an online journal entry I wrote about her.
This was written on April 24, 2008:
It has taken me a couple of weeks to be able to write about this, so if my thoughts are random and don't make much sense, I am sorry.
I found out on 4/11/2008 that my mother is officially classified as being TERMINALLY ILL. This comes only 6 months after she began her fight with Breast Cancer.
This has caused quite the stir in our lives to say the least... I am faced with losing not only my mother but my very best friend, my shopping buddy, cheerleader and fellow daffodil/tulip lover.
I am and have been blessed to have her in my life every day for the last 35 years, there is not a moment she has not been there for me. Even through the rough times, she has never given up on me... in turn I am not giving up on her recovery.
When I shared this with close friends, everyone asks, " how are her spirits? ... I am happy to reply she still smiles and will humor me by laughing at my silly jokes. Even in her pain she still manages to make sure I continue to smile.
I urge you to inform everyone you know, about the horrors of Breast Cancer and how it effects the lives of random women. Breast Cancer knows no color, no race, no religion or age. It takes lives and changes them FOREVER!
To my support system, and you guys know who you are... I love you, I thank you. Thank you for taking care of me, you mean the world to me.
Mama (a.k.a. Flo, she will get the joke) if you read this, you are the most precious thing to me, thank you for being the best mom God ever gave a chubby lil girl like me. You truly lifted me up when I was down and raised me even higher when I wasn't. I LOVE YOU.
A memorial service will be held on September 20,2008 at 2PM. Word of
life fellowship church,Spanaway, wa