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Theresa Wilson Price Dos Santos

Theresa Wilson Price Dos Santos slipped peacefully into the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on September 12, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. Theresa was born on Friday, August 18, 1939 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the fourth of five girls in a household of transplanted Tennesseans. Beautiful, active, vivacious, and popular throughout her school years, she was a cheerleader, was elected to both the Homecoming Court and citywide Cereal Bowl Court, and was part of a popular trio of dancers and singers known as the Harmonettes. She was also always good at sports—softball, ice skating, swimming—and was considered to be a great dancer. Everyone remembers her as always being surrounded by friends everywhere she went During her senior year Theresa was voted "Best Personality" and graduated from Battle Creek High School in 1957 with honors.

Soon after graduation Theresa committed her life unconditionally to her Lord Jesus Christ, and one year later she married D. Burdette Price. Together, with their growing family—Donnie, Teri, and Tammi—they helped build the Family Altar Chapel, a powerful media and ministry center located in Battle Creek. In addition to The Family Altar of the Air daily radio program, stations WVOC AM and WDFP FM increased the ministry's popularity and effectiveness. The Family Altar Christian School was also started, eventually enrolling more than 200 students, from kindergarten to twelfth grade. Numerous full-time ministers came through their youth program. As a dynamic and energetic pastor's wife, Theresa contributed immeasurably to the church's fast growth, especially effective in the music and youth outreaches. She helped form the Teen Tones, a talented group of young people, and the Living Sound. Both of these musical groups ministered throughout the region in churches, auditorium concerts, and on national broadcasts.

Theresa moved to Florida, and on November 12, 1996, she married Manuel Dos Santos, owner of the Suncoast Ballroom in Largo. Through Manuel, she rediscovered her love for dancing, and together the popular couple hosted dances three nights a week at the ballroom with more than 300 people attending each dance. Also during that time she opened a popular boutique.

But after Theresa was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in early 2000, she and Manuel decided to sell their studio and boutique. A year later, she was also diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). Following a move to Texas to be closer to her family, she was diagnosed with leukemia. Through it all, she remained upbeat and concerned about others.

Theresa's radiance was a gift she shared with others everywhere she went, regardless of the circumstances surrounding her. Throughout her life, people talked about how she literally lit up a room whenever she entered.

Theresa was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Virginia Wilson; two sisters, Helen and Patsy; first husband, Rev. D. Burdette Price; and parents-in-law, Rev. Donald F. and Evangeline Price. Survivors include her husband, Manuel Dos Santos; son, Donald B. Price, and daughter-in-law, Kelly; daughter Teri and son-in-law Leo Kortz; daughter Tammi; grandchildren, Hannah, Lilly, Krystan, and Ashly; great-granddaughter, Riley; sisters, Barbara and Pam; and nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Theresa will be long remembered for her loving, bubbly personality, an ability to make everyone around her feel special, and her remarkable, lasting, steadfast faith in Jesus Christ, whom she served faithfully throughout her life.

Friends may call on the family at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care in Battle Creek, MI, on Saturday, September 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. A celebration of Theresa's life will be held at Family Bible Church in Marshall, MI, on Sunday, September 18, at 1:30 p.m.

Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.
Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Sept. 14, 2016
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