Teresa Yarbrough Orton
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LITTLETON, Colo. - Teresa lived her life to the very fullest. She was always full of energy and compassion for others.
Teresa was born October 17, 1953, in Ogden, Utah, to Ted and Vonda Yarbrough. She was given her best friend three years later when her sister, Jennifer, was born.
Teresa attended Highland High School, Pocatello, in 1971. Even at that young age she began her dance career. In addition, she was on the flag team, the cheerleading squad and in the marching band as a star baton twirler. She also continued her own dancing education - all while maintaining excellent grades. After high school, she was awarded a scholarship to Weber State University to perform with the marching band as a baton twirler.
While attending Weber State University, Teresa met the love of her life, Paul Orton. They married in 1974. Teresa spent the next nine years teaching dance and yoga to support her family as her husband completed his medical training as a dermatologist. She continued to teach dance and work as a personal trainer in Colorado. She eventually started her own studio - Dance Connection Studio. Teresa loved all forms of art, but especially enjoyed the thrill of performing. She even taught social dance with her husband.
She was a devoted mother to Shaun Orton, Shayla (Garret) Francis, Ryan (Julie) Orton, Chelsea (Paul) Orton, Elyse Orton; and grandmother of Annabelle and Jacqueline Francis. She was looking forward to the birth of her third grandchild this coming October to Ryan and Julie Orton. She is also survived by her stepsister, Dana Holmes, Boise, Idaho; father, Ted Yarbrough and stepmother, Wanda Yarbrough.
Teresa, 58, of Littleton, Colorado, passed away on July 31, 2012. Teresa has gone to join the Lord and her beloved daughter, Chelsea Orton. She passed away due to a car accident.
Viewing was held Friday at 6 p.m., memorial service was Saturday at 3 p.m., at Horan and McConaty, Centennial. She will be greatly missed.
Condolences may be sent to her husband, Dr. Paul Orton, 6860 S. Lee Way, Littleton, Colo. 80127.
Published in Idaho State Journal on Aug. 7, 2012