Proctor, Theora "Teddy"
MADISON – Theora "Teddy" Proctor passed away peacefully on June 1, 2021, at the age of 91. Teddy was born on Jan. 24, 1930, in southern Iowa, to Theora and Mary (Latta) Snethen. She spent her childhood playing with her beloved younger brother, Jack Snethen, in their hometown of Davis City, Iowa. Teddy graduated at the top of her high school class and obtained her undergraduate degree from Simpson College. She then moved to Chicago to attend graduate school at the University of Chicago, where she met the love of her life and husband of almost 45 years, John Proctor. Both Teddy and John were in the field of education and members of Phi Delta Kappa.
Teddy dedicated her life to the education and mainstreaming of emotionally disturbed children, specializing in autism, and spent the last 28 years of her career teaching for the Madison School District's special education division. Teddy was a community leader and member in many environmental and child-centered activities, including the Optimist Club and Capital Community Citizens. She was active in the town of Madison where they lived in the UW Madison Arboretum and designed one of the bridges at Lake Wingra. She was an avid gardener and spent much of her time tending her indoor and outdoor gardens. She was also an artist and enjoyed china painting and miniatures clubs in Wisconsin. Above all, she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and enjoyed spending time with her family, who will miss her dearly.
Teddy is survived by her daughter, Leslie (Larry) Grenzow; son, Richard Proctor; grandchildren, Joy Goddard, Lance (Lisa) Grenzow and Peter (Yudy) Grenzow; eight great-grandchildren; many beloved nieces and nephews; and special friends, Alison and Jeff Riedi, Mary Kay Boyle, and Sandra Haspl.
Many thanks to Agrace Hospice and her caregivers at Oakwood Village. Donations to Agrace in lieu of flowers are suggested. A memorial service will be held at MONONA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 606 Nichols Road, in Monona, on Aug. 7 at 11:30 a.m.