Her Spirit Will Live On, by David Terry

(A tribute to Betty Terry, delivered at her memorial service Saturday, 02/26/2011)

Brothers and sisters

I really loved her. She was kind and sweet and loveable and huggable since we left 38th Street in Brentwood from 1977 when I was born.

She was a grateful mother. She’s smart. She wanted me to grow up. She was grateful that I was her son. We used to hang out at Laurel Mall in Laurel, MD.

We went on a mission together at LDS Business College. We were on the kitchen staff. I used to deliver food to the faculty and staff. She made specials. We used to go to ZCMI together.

She taught me about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. We read the scriptures together…. To search, ponder, and pray.

I used to talk to her all the time, day and night, weekdays and weekends and holidays. She was a daughter, daughter-in-law, wife, and parent and teacher and grandparent, and friend. And she fed the missionaries.

I miss her. Her spirit will live on in paradise.

I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

1 comment:

  1. Hellen and Don GuttingerMarch 30, 2011 at 1:17 AM


    I met you and your Mom just once. I had known your Dad from the age of 7 or so and all the way through high school on Long Island. He brought the two of you to meet my wife and me in a reunion. We lunched together at the National Archives.

    Saddened as I am by the news of her death, reading what you and your family have put together at this site is remarkable. She was vital to her family and community, and the pain of losing her can only eased by sweet memories of your times together.

    Hellen and I send our sympathy and best wishes to the entire Terry family.

    Don Guttinger
    Saint Augustine, Florida