Theresa Renée Spaulding (Leazier), age 47, of Rockford, MI, went peacefully to be with our Lord and Savior in her home on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 with family and friends at her side. “Terri” was born November 19, 1965 in Grand Rapids, MI and grew up in Ada, MI, where she was a 1984 graduate of Forest Hills Central High School. Cut short was her 22-year career as a Resident Care Aide at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans where her kindness, sincerity and devotion served her and our Veterans well.
Gone before Terri are her brother, Clifford Jr., her grandparents, Otto and Theresa Finch, her grandfather, Clifford W. Leazier and her father-in-law Thomas Cook.
Left behind with sweet memories are her husband, Jim Spaulding, their children, Rebecca and Matthew Spaulding, her parents, Clifford and Jane Leazier, her grandmother, Doris Leazier, her brothers, Paul (Maureen) and Joseph (Tina) Leazier, her nieces, Erika, Lindsey, Stacey, Anna, and Isabella, her nephews, Joseph, Gabriel, Joshua, Evan, Reese, Graham, Duncan, Gray and Ridley, her godchild Hannah, as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins. Also surviving are Terri’s mother-in-law, Dawn Cook, father-in-law, Neal (Mary) Spaulding, brothers-in-law, Tim (Ann), Tom, John (Suzan), and David Spaulding, and Bob (Nikki) Cook.
Terri enjoyed spending time with friends and family, and felt that her friends were part of her family. Vacations, camping, dinners, and time with people she cared for were things she cherished. She was an avid reader, movie and music lover, loving wife, devoted daughter and caring mother who would light up the room with her smile and the sparkle in her big brown eyes. She loved her pink and purple, fairies and unicorns, painted nails and perfume; she was your de facto girly girl and is already missed.
Her fellow caregiver “family” was there for her with support, calls, visits and hands-on care to the end. Her family is grateful for this and prays for good fortune in their future. Her family also extends much gratitude to the entire staff of the Lacks Center of St. Mary’s Hospital for their exceptional care and effort in Terri’s battle with breast cancer.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday, June 12, at her church, St. Robert of Newminster in Ada, MI.