Date Honored: January 2014
Anyone who knew our mom would say she was a “real lady” in the traditional sense. Always so very proper. . . perfectionist. . . matching hat, shoes and gloves . . . proper speech and manners. . . table setting just right. . . clean and orderly home a must. Always humble, always patient.
She was raised in a large family on a farm, graduated from a Colorado high school, went to nurses training in Pueblo, married a wonderful man who was a building contractor, and had three children – two girls and a boy. She taught all her children how to cook, clean, and sew the proper way. She made sure they all took music lessons and all went to First Presbyterian Church every Sunday. She was a deacon at First Pres and was very involved in women’s groups at church most of her life; her specialty was visiting folks who were “shut-in” and couldn’t get out of their house.
Since her children remained in Colorado, Christmas was a regular family reunion for children and grandchildren. We continue to have cinnamon rolls and ham balls every Christmas morning, a tradition she established early in our family.
She was part of the Greatest Generation. During World War II when her husband went to the Pacific, she kept her home safe, took care of her kids, found a job, and rented out extra rooms in their house to other military wives.
When her children were grown, she learned to china paint and was again a perfectionist winning many state awards. She graced the homes of her children, other relatives, and her close friends with her beautiful china-painted plates, needlepoint, and embroidery.
She and her husband also owned a cabin in the mountains of Colorado where her son and all their grandchildren grew up. Often she would put on waders, her fishing jacket with her flies, a sun-protecting hat, and go fly fishing – most times catching her limit. Her objective was to catch a trout bigger than the one Dad caught the day before. All of her children and grandchildren learned to fish and enjoy life in the mountains with her and Dad.
She was known as Virginia to her friends, Mom to her children, Mommie Doll to her husband, and Cookie to her grandchildren. All of her family revered and honored her beyond her days on this earth. She gave all of her family a rich, precious life to build on with Christ as our foundation. We treasure the memories and heritage this lovely, fantastic woman gave to us and all she encountered. ~ The Family of Virginia J. Teats