Nancy M. Terry died peacefully at her home in Houston on Saturday, the 13th of October 2012, following a long illness.|
Nancy Terry was born to Herbert and Viola Myers on the 14th of August 1927, in Ogdensburg, New York, on the St. Lawrence River. She attended Ogdensburg Free Academy High School where she was active in cheerleading, tennis, skiing, and athletics. Later, she graduated at the top of her class from the School of Nursing at the University of Rochester, completing her training at the Highland Hospital in Rochester.
Nancy enjoyed an active lifestyle, including snow skiing, ice skating, swimming and antique collecting, but her favorite hobbies were gardening, painting, and photography, which she continued to pursue for most of her long life.
Nancy later relocated to Texas and for over forty-five years was married to Howard L. Terry, who preceded her in death by only six months.
In 1986, Nancy and Howard founded the Terry Foundation, a non-profit entity dedicated to providing four-year scholarships to Texas residents for attendance at Texas universities. Over the years, the Terry Foundation has grown to be the largest private source of scholarships in the state. Now sponsoring almost 800 Terry Scholars at eight Texas universities, the Foundation has funded college degrees for 2,600 students since inception. Named in 2010 as the National Scholarship Provider of the Year, the Foundation is chartered to exist into perpetuity and will continue to provide scholarships for Texas students after Nancy and Howard Terry's deaths.
Nancy and Howard Terry were honored many times over the years for humanitarian and philanthropic leadership. In 2001, they were honored by President George H. W. Bush's selection as one of the national Points of Light. In 2011, the Houston City Council proclaimed March 22nd as Nancy and Howard Terry Day in honor of their contributions to the city. Most recently, the Terrys were named recipients of the prestigious Sterling C. Evans Medal, awarded by the Texas A&M University Foundation. The Terrys were the first non-TAMU graduates to ever receive this recognition.
Nancy Terry was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Terry; and son, Michael. She is survived by her sister, Sally Welch and husband Chuck of Beverly Hills, Florida; brother Wagner Myers and wife Pat of New Jersey; daughters, Victoria Terry Steinhoff, Cindy Terry Hempel, and Suzann Terry Smith; son, Harry Terry; daughter-in-law Janis Terry; grandchildren Grace Borgeson, John Terry, David Terry, Cameron Smith, Michael Smith, Suzann Smith, Katherine Boeker, Kelsey Gray, Michael McConnell, Jessica Terry, Macon Terry, Tracy Becker, Amanda Bookter and Steven Hempel; and 18 great-grandchildren.
The family would like to express their thanks to Dora and Chris Darst, and to caregivers Dalia Dominguez, Nakita Hicks, Shala Russell, and Vilma Rauda for their wonderful care.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Nancy Terry is to be conducted at two o'clock in the afternoon on Monday, the 22nd of October, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the adjacent grand foyer.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions in Mrs. Terry's name be directed to the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 900 Portway Dr., Houston, TX, 77024; the Terry Foundation, 3104 Edloe, Ste. 205, Houston, TX, 77027; or the
Published in Houston Chronicle from Oct. 14 to Oct. 17, 2012