TERRI LOU (BENSON) WILLIAMS (1963 - 2014)

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Terri Lou (Benson) Williams, 51, of Anacortes, was accepted into the embracing arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus on August 19, 2014, after a 19 month courageous and hard fought battle with Rectal Cancer.

She was born on August 4, 1963 in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Donald and Ellen (Morehead) Benson. Terri is the youngest of their three children, having a sister Sherri and a brother Gary. Her family moved from LA to Redwood City, CA and eventually settled down in Milpitas, CA, where she attended the public schools there and graduated from Milpitas High School in 1981.

After a heart to heart talk and encouragement from her Dad, Terri chose to enter the Early Child Development field. What she did not know at the time, was that she had a God given gift for the ability to work with children. She received her Associative of Arts degree in Child Development from Mission College. Throughout her adult life, Terri enhanced the lives of countless children, having the innate ability to reach out to them on their level. She was a natural, and loved working with the kids, watching their active imaginations at work and marveled at their play. Terri's specialty was toddlers up to 6th graders. The latter part of her career, she worked at Fidalgo Elementary as a Para-Educator in the Special Education class room. Terri's influence reached beyond the classroom and into her family life.

In 1988, Terri met a U.S. Naval Aircrewman stationed at NAS Moffett Field, CA and thus began a 26 year romance that was overflowing with love, respect, sacrifice, and joy, but most importantly was Christ centered. Terri married Lennie Williams on February 18, 1990 in Reno, Nevada. The two were the best of friends and worked and complimented each other. Their commitment, passion for one another and love was always evident and set the example for their children. Her greatest blessing were her children, with their first child Scotty born in 1991 and their second, LeAnn in 1992.

Terri was an excellent Navy Mom, playing the various roles as Dad, tutor, bus driver, mechanic, plumber and all around go to gal, for several times as Lennie deployed to various overseas areas. Nevertheless, she absolutely loved being a Mom and she was excellent at it. Terri and Lennie were so connected they never missed a beat upon his return from deployments and she always made the homecomings special.

The Pacific Northwest's beauty was what made Terri decide to make Anacortes her permanent home after Lennie retired from the Navy. Her most important attribute was the love for her family, a trait she learned from her parents. Together as a family, they enjoyed hiking, camping, family Christmases, church activities, quiet cuddle moments with her children and traveling to beaches to put her feet in the warm sand.

Terri treasured her church and church family, and was often seen as the gal who was dancing and praising Jesus in the aisles during worship. She had the inherent ability to talk with and comfort people. Terri was often sought out for her non-judgmental wisdom, ability to ask the right questions, assist in problem solving and a comforting prayer. In 2008, a young lady, a very close friend of LeAnn's, sought out Terri and began asking questions about life and this "Jesus thing" they kept talking about. Through Terri and LeAnn, Jazmyne Sturgeon was brought into the Williams fold, received Jesus as her Lord and Savior and became their daughter. Terri was a sweet, sweet person who loved people, met them where they were at in life, shared joy and the Word with them. She was a selfless person and was forever always giving of herself. Terri's journey with cancer was filled with bravery, optimism, strength and a testimony to God. Terri's last few weeks were filled with struggles, yet this remark, which embodies her faith, was "Jesus has my back!" God chose to not heal her here on this earth, but gave her the gift of an Ultimate Heavenly Healing. We will dearly miss those twinkles in Terri's eyes and her charming, sweet smile; she could light up a room!

She was preceded in death by her parents, Don & Ellen and brother-in-law Bill Prout.

Terri is survived by her husband Lennie; son & daughter-in-law, Scotty & Chelsea, daughters LeAnn and Jazmyne and grandson Hunter. She is also survived by her sister Sherri and brother & sister-in-law Gary & Faye; nephews and nieces: CJ & Sean, Katie & James, Michelle, Erin, Nicki, Tabatha and Katie. Special friends considered sisters, LeAnn Clark, Leslie Wilkinson, Sheila Hallenbeck, Glendora Petrie, Denise Phillips, Tracy Catlin, Diane Moats and Lori Egbers, RN, who assisted in her final days; and her faithful Labradors, Dakota & Chief. There are so, so many wonderful friends, too numerous to mention, but know that she so dearly loved you.

Terri wanted to especially thank Anacortes School District 103 and particularly so, the staff at Fidalgo Elementary who provided prayers, support, shared leave, cards, meals and flowers.

Tributes in Terri's name made be made at www.caringbridge.org/visit/terriwilliams2, which was an extremely wonderful way of communicating her cancer journey.

The family will receive visitors from 6:00 8:00 p.m., Friday, August 22, 2014 at Evans Funeral Chapel. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 23, 2014, at Anacortes Christian Church, with a reception to follow and then burial at Fernhill Cemetery.

Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel. To share memories of Terri, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.
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