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Elizabeth W. Teel


1939 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Elizabeth W. Teel Obituary
1939 ~ 2014
Our beloved Mother Liz passed away in June 2014 at her Avenues home in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Liz was born to Georgie and Leonard Wooster in Tennessee on January 1, 1939. She spent much of her childhood in Woodland, California, where her father grew up. She had many fond memories of Woodland and always considered it home. Her father's career with Standard Oil as a geologist moved the family frequently. Eventually, the family moved to Summit, New Jersey, where she would graduate from Summit High School. While at Summit, she excelled at field hockey, softball, basketball and tennis. After high school, Liz's dad was sent to Kansas City for work and Liz enrolled at the University of Kansas, where she became a life-long member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. Shortly after her freshman year, her mother passed and her dad was given one more career move to Salt Lake City. Liz did not want him to be alone so she transferred to the University of Utah. Fortunately the U had a Tri Delta chapter and a budding tennis team for which she was proud to play. She would eventually earn a Bachelor of Science in Social Work. It was during her time as an undergrad at the U that she developed a passion for Utah athletics and the University in general, and an unapologetic disdain for byu; that we are grateful she passed on to her children. Liz married Daryl Teel, but later divorced. While married, she had two sons, Rod and Craig. As she raised her boys, Liz attended every school event, athletic event and anything else her two sons participated in. Even later in life, when her son started playing tennis again in his 40s, Liz could be seen court side cheering him on. She was always excited to hear about the fly-fishing trips, diving excursions, and any other adventures we pursued. Liz loved supporting her two sons and she was the best mother we could have hoped to have had.
Liz worked as a Social Service Worker for Valley Mental Health and The University of Utah Hospital. She had a gift for working with the seriously and persistently mentally ill in Salt Lake County. It was common for her to be approached by people she had a profound influence on in the community and have them update her on how much she helped them and how they were doing. Liz was an avid and accomplished tennis player most of her life. Later in life, she enjoyed traveling with friends and her tea party group. She remained active with Tri Delta well after graduation and loved and appreciated the lifelong friends this association allowed her to have. Liz was active in several charitable organizations in Salt Lake City and instilled this value in her sons. Her children, including the dogs, were the greatest loves of her life. She was always quick to tell anyone of their accomplishments. As previously noted, her other great love was the University of Utah. She was a season ticket holder for both football and men's basketball for 50 years. However, she could often be found at swimming, tennis, soccer, gymnastics, and softball. Her proudest days as a Ute were cheering on both her sons while they played Water Polo at the U.
Our Mom was our greatest supporter and influence. She was there to encourage and help us, celebrate when we won and console us when we lost. She was an amazing woman and amazing mother. We will miss her tremendously. She will never be forgotten. We could not have asked for a better Mom. We will miss you Mom!
In lieu of flowers we request that donations be made in Liz's name to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Huntsman Cancer Institute, NAMI or The University of Utah Crimson Club.
Liz is survived by her sons Rod and Craig and her beloved Airedale Maddie.
Graveside services and internment will be at Mt Olivet Cemetery, 1342 E 500 South on Monday July 7th 2014 at 10 A.M. To celebrate Liz's life and love of the Utes, please wear Red. For online condolences you may visit www.evans-earlymortuary.com
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on July 5, 2014
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