ELSIE LOUISE "TERRY" BURROUGHS
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~Elsie Louise Burroughs, age 75, a 45-year resident of Bullhead City, Ariz. passed into the loving hands of the Lord on Monday, February 3, 2014 at WARMC due to multiple systems failure.
~Terry was born on June 22, 1938 in Clovis, Calif. to Irene Betancourt Ricca and Robert Ricca, Sr. Born to immigrants and the oldest girl of five siblings, (3 boys and 2 girls), Terry's young life was not easy. Because of the families financial struggle, it was determined to send Terry to live with her maternal aunt and uncle in Centralia, Wash. Terry enjoyed the life of an only child but briefly, as she came down with an illness and the doctor's determined the wet climate would not allow her to thrive and she was sent back to California. Terry and her siblings helped contribute to the family by working in California's hot and bountiful central valley of Fresno, picking fruit and vegetables for daily pay that they gave to their Dad. Terry loved sports and was frequently competing against the boys in the neighborhood in her free time. Terry attended Roosevelt High School in Fresno, Calif. and graduated in 1956. Soon after graduation, Terry moved to the cooler ocean breezes of San Pedro, Calif. where she worked as a telephone operator and shared an apartment with her coworker and friend, Jeannie. In 1957, when she was just 18, the young beauty met and married Robert "Bob" Eugene Burroughs (25) on February 11, 1957 in a whirlwind romance, strangely enough, they had met years before when he was a young teen and she was a child, as they had aunts who lived near each other. They were married for 44 years. Terry continued working until a few days before the birth of the couple's first child, Alisa Ann, in July of 1958 and thereafter devoted her life to making the world a better place for her family, and in 1959, a second daughter, Colleen Marie was born.
~Terry frequently had to uproot the family as her husband worked for Southern California Edison, and promotions meant moves. Terry, along with husband Robert, were very active politically and belonged to the young Republicans. Both were community minded and helped out with local PTA's and Terry supported her husbands run for Council office in Upland, Calif.
~In August, 1969, Bob, still with SCE opted to work at the Laughlin, Nev. power plant and dragged his uncertain wife and children to the desert, where she was certain they would never see civilization again. She was right. No Taco Bell or McDonald's to be seen for well over a hundred miles. They rented a small house on the river, learned to endure 120+ summers with only an evaporative cooler, how to fish, waterski and eat TV dinners. Terry was actively involved with her children's education, as she herself had taught them to read phonetically well before they started kindergarten When they moved to Bullhead City, she made sure that they had library cards and read daily. When her girls were in high school, Terry decided that it was high time that her children took an interest in politics and every morning during cereal, she would present them with political topics/opinions. Sadly, it fell on deaf ears.
~When Terry's first grandchild, Jaz, arrived in October of 1990, and the second grandchild, Shelby, in July of 1992, Terry was beside herself with joy and became "Nanny", not just the word, but in deed, as she was the children's daycare while their parents worked. In fact, Terry often watched her grandchildrens friends as well and had the nickname, "the friendly Nanny". Until the time her grandchildren got their licenses, she was still taking them to appointments and practices. Terry supported all their activities, not only by her presence, she rarely missed a game, a recital, a performance, but financially as well. She always gave more than she received, sometimes it was something you wanted, sometimes it wasn't, but it was always something that she thought that you needed.
~In 2013, Terry became a great-grandmother to Jayson Robert Johnson. She loved him even before he was born.
~She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert "Bob" Eugene Burroughs, November 23, 2001.
~Terry is survived by two daughters, Alisa Burroughs of Bullhead City, Ariz. and Colleen Burroughs Johnson Snow and husband, Dennis of Bullhead City, Ariz.; grandson, Jaz Johnson and wife Jordan of Las Vegas, Nev.; granddaughter, Shelby Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz.; great-grandson, Jayson Johnson of Las Vegas, Nev.; sister, Barbara Smith and husband Dennis of Georgetown, Calif.; nephew, Matthew Smith of Georgetown, Calif.; niece, JoAnne Mack and husband Bill, along with their children; sister-in-law, Joan Silva of Morro Bay, Calif.; niece and great-niece Karen and Amanda Harder of Morro Bay, Calif.; and numerous relatives residing in Morro Bay. Terry is also survived by friends who became like family, Jessica Breinig of Pinetop; Nathan Breinig of Pinetop; Megan Breinig of Phoenix; Brad and Stacey Kelly of Phoenix; Justin Kelly of Phoenix; Melissa Kelly of Flagstaff; and Janet, who made her last years fun.
Wife, mother grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, friend ......... she loved.
~Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 14, 2014 with services to follow at 11:00 a.m. at Desert Lawn Funeral Home, 9250 South Ranchero Lane, Mohave Valley, Arizona 86440. For more information call (928)768-5959
Published in Mohave Daily News Online from Feb. 11 to Feb. 18, 2014
Desert Lawn Funeral Home
9250 S. Ranchero Lane Mohave Valley, AZ 86440