Teresa (Terry) Ellen Talley was born in Madill on Feb. 26, 1944 to Eunice and Elton Talley. Terry attended school in Altus, and upon her graduation from high school in 1962, moved to Los Angeles, Calif., as a student of the Art Center College of Design. After graduating in 1966, Terry promptly moved across country in a 1962 Rambler with $300 in her pocket, to New York City where she began a long and successful career in creative advertising.
After her bold beginnings at N.W. Ayer on Madison Avenue, she went on to co-found several advertising companies throughout her career to include Kolker, Talley and Hermann of New York City, and Talley Writes! of Tompkins Cove. Terry created many successful advertising campaigns, one of the most recognized campaigns was the TV ad and media jingle, "The Little Blue Jug is Dynamo!"
Terry served as the village mayor of Grand View on the Hudson, New York from 1996-1999. She enjoyed her civic service and was extremely proud of the accomplishments realized by the village during her tenure.
Terry published two books on historic homes along the Hudson River, Oh! What a Grand View and Gems on the Hudson. She spent many happy years researching and photographing the villages on the Hudson River north of New York City.
Terry recently retired and relocated from Tompkins Cove, N.Y,. to Oklahoma City where she was able to share the last year of her life with her sister and brother-in-law, Cynde and Kenny Holloway, nephew Jeffrey Holloway, bother Pat Talley, aunts Helen Keener and Olevia Robinson, and cousin Janet Keener. Terry leaves behind many old and new friends, both in New York and in Oklahoma City.
Terry's life was filled with adventure and she was always fearless in the face of new challenges. She traveled the world with her longtime companion, Jay Hirsch, embracing life and living it to the fullest.
Terry was preceded in death by her parents, Elton and Eunice Talley, both of Altus; and one sister, Marilyn Talley of Oklahoma City.
A celebration and remembrance of Terry's spectacular life will be held on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at her home in Oklahoma City.
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