Surviving are her children, Kenyon (Teresa) Ackeberg of Bossier City, Louisiana, and Connie (Stan) Endicott of Irvine, California; six grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Janice Burress of Princeton and Rachel Ringenberg of Washington, Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service to celebrate Thera’s life will be held in early January in Mesa, Arizona.

Through the years, nothing brought her more joy than being with children. Dementia took away so much, but it never took away the joy she exhibited when children were around. Because of that, we ask that memorial gifts in her honor be made and sent online to or to Heart Effect, 1535 W. Molly Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85085. This organization exists to make sure all children have a healthy heart and live full lives, including one of her great-grandchildren.