Maria Teresa Rabago
Maria Teresa (Terrie) Rabago Maria Teresa (Terrie) Rabago, 59, of Austin, Texas was called to heaven by her Lord on Monday, December 20, 2010. She was born in Edinburg, Texas, educated in the Edinburg Public Schools and attended Pan American University. Terrie moved to Austin and completed her degree from the University of Texas in Austin. In 1996, she became a realtor and achieved her broker's license in 2006. Simultaneously, she worked for state government, retiring in 2006 after 25 years of service. A dedicated community advocate, fearless mentor, and giving spirit, Terrie lived a life committed to her two loving daughters, parents, cousins, friends and many community causes. Many newcomers to Austin were networked to various community organizations at her prompting. She walked among Austin's greatest leaders, often as a precious friend and confidant. Throughout the years, Austin and her beloved Bouldin Creek Neighborhood became the second home for friends, strategy meetings, and personal events. Because of Terrie, many lifelong friendships, business partnerships, and community advocacy projects were developed. Terrie's primary impact was her unconditional commitment to her community. She served as President and State Board Member for the Hispanic Women's Network of Texas, Community Advisor for Kappa Delta Chi (KDX) at the University of Texas at Austin, Austin Board of Realtors, American Association of University Women, CASA Board Member, Commissioner of the Austin Historic Landmark Commission and Zoning and Platting Commission, Board Member for the Austin History Center, Mexican American State Employee Association, Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Association of Hispanic Realtors, and Board Member for Teach Quest. She was an alumnus of Leadership Texas, a writer for various publications, and a volunteer at Becker Elementary School and numerous other worthwhile causes. Terrie leaves behind her daughter Laura Coulter and husband Doug; daughter Amber Stephens and husband Roger; and grandchildren Soriah Esquivel, Dante Esquivel, Aiden Coulter, Blake Stephens, and Logan Stephens; her parents, Juan Rabago and Maria Elena Hinojosa; brothers Robert Homero Rabago, Albert Rabago, Jose Luis Rabago, and Jesse Rabago; and sisters Sandra Aguiar, Cecilia Mercado, and Eliena Hinojosa. And several close relatives and many dear friends. A celebration of the Life of Teresa Rabago will be held Monday, Rosary 7:00 p.m. at Mission Funeral Home, Cesar Chavez, Austin, Texas Tuesday, December 27, Mass 10:00 a.m., at Cristo Rey Catholic Church, Austin, Texas Typical of Terrie's life, she always left a note of optimism in the lives of those she touched. Among her favorite advice, she would say, "Not to worry 'manita, everything will be all right". To Terrie, we say, "Don't worry 'manita... you will never be forgotten."
Published by Austin American-Statesman on Dec. 26, 2010.
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I am sorry that I just heard the news about Terrie's passing away! My thoughts and prayers are with her family and I can say she loved you all so much! I can only say that Terrie is in heaven because she only did good while in this world. Terrie, please rest in peace knowing that everyone here loves you and you will truly be missed my friend. Con carino.
Margarita Arellano
March 17, 2011
I lived nextdoor to Terrie for only a year or so but, if she was outside when I was coming or going, there was always at least a minute of fence-hanging. With her welcoming smile, she always remembered what was going on with me and asked how things were. And I was greeted that way every time I came by to visit my former roommate after I moved out. Ever caring and optimistic, she will be greatly missed on West Johanna Street.
Sheri Goodman
January 4, 2011
Terrie was also an original board member of Latinitas, a non-profit that empowers young Latinas using media and technology. We are grateful to her for late nights strategizing, preparing our 501 c 3 application and also being a surrogate tia for Alicia and myself. She was a great example of an independent, smart and loving woman.
Laura Donnelly Gonzalez
January 3, 2011
Terrie was always an energetic and helpful neighbor with a friendly word and smile for all. She will missed by her friends on Johanna Street.
Everett Britt
January 3, 2011
She made such an impact with her undying positive and happy personality that there was no way you could miss being affected by her beautiful spirit.

She had a kind word for everyone and was always loving and thoughtful. I will always remember how moving she was at making people feel her concern for others.

Sending prayers for her family and her loved ones seems to me like giving back what she spread...light and love.
Olga Pina
December 31, 2010
December 31, 2010
I knew Terrie during her years at UT and at the Austin Area Translators and Interpreters Assn (AAATIA). I will always remember her positive attitude and her infectious smile. My heart goes out to her family.
Priscilla Lores Ebert
December 31, 2010
My Sympathy I extend to your family at the passing away of Terrie. I know she will be missed but not forgotten. Always, Diane McGill
Diane McGill
December 30, 2010
You will be missed! May the Lord comfort her family at this time.
Yvette Armani
December 30, 2010
My dear beloved sister-in-law you will be so missed by all your friends and family. I will miss you the most and I will always remember our first meeting at Thanksgiving 7 years ago
Delia Rey-Rabago
December 30, 2010
My sincere condolences to family members and friends. I will always remember Terrie as a great friend that made you feel welcomed. She will be truly missed.
Ruth Saenz
December 29, 2010
May God Bless everyone in Teresa's family. She was a wonderful person and contributed so much to the community. She will be missed by many.
Rick Villarreal
December 28, 2010
Amazing life in such a short time. You will be missed, Terrie.
Patty Sralla
December 28, 2010
Terrie was one of my first friends in Austin. I'm so sorry to hear the news. Her daughters and grandbabies are in my thoughts and prayers.
Anne Martinez
December 28, 2010
My deepest sympathies go to my cousins two beautiful daughters. I will aways remember her smile growing up. I am lost for words to describe how close we were as a family growing up. She will always be in my prayers and thoughts. Hernandez Family
Carlos Hernandez
December 28, 2010
Dear friend, I miss you.
Marion Sanchez
December 27, 2010
My deepest sympathies to Terrie's family. I was very saddened to hear the news. She was very special and a good friend.
Carlos Femat
December 27, 2010
I've always wondered why things happen the way they do and I learned that it's for a reason and only God knows why.

It was a day or two ago that Terrie came to mind. I remembered the summers we played together and hung out. When we got to high school we went our seperate ways but still kept in touch. I saw Terrie again when I moved to Austin. Then today I received the call that Terrie had passed. Life is too short.

Terrie will always be in our hearts and memories never fade or die.

My sincere sympathies to her precious daughters and family.

I will never forget Terrie

Ana Martinez-Kirk formerly from Edinburg, TX
Ana Kirk
December 27, 2010
My deepest sympathies to Laura, Amber, and the family. I will miss Terrie's beautiful smile and great spirit. She had many friends at the Comptroller's Office who will miss her. I will continue to keep you in my prayers.
Maria Cruz
December 27, 2010
Laurie & Amber,
I offer sincere condolences on the passing of Terrie. I will always remember her as a great lady and a wonderful family member. The Rios Family offers you comfort, strength and love as we all have wonderful memories of Terrie. I regret not having been in more contact with her as well as with you both. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your entire family.
Alicia Rios and Family
December 27, 2010
Am so sorry for your loss. Growing up, I always admired Terrie and will never forget her warm, sweet, caring disposition.

May wonderful, happy memories of this beautiful lady sustain you during this difficult time.
Gina Longoria
December 27, 2010
Terrie, thank you for all the light you gave to life, you are a blessing to many, and now you are a blessing to heaven.
Ike Trevino
December 27, 2010
My thoughts and prayers to Laurie and Amber and to Terrie's Mother Lena and also to all of her brother's and sister's and to her family in Texas. She will be missed. May God Bless You and give you strength. I will always remember her.
Diane Miranda
December 27, 2010
I am shocked and saddened to know that we have lost Terrie. Although we did not hang around the same crowds at EHS, our lives crossed again in Austin working for the State Comptroller's Office. When we saw each other for the first time since graduating more than 25 years ago we talked liked we were old friends. It made me happy to know that we were friends and working together serving the people of Texas. Her positive additude towards life and interest in helping others impressed me and I am happy that I got a chance to see her once again. Terrie my friend, I will miss you.
David Diaz
December 26, 2010
Laurie and Amber...I am so sorry for your loss. Please remember that she was and will always be a very special lady to me. We had a special bond that no one else can share. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your families.
Bridget Maldonado
December 26, 2010
Am so saddened to hear about Terri. She was such a joy to be around and always ready to help out and to go out and have some fun. She was a dear friend to me and to so many others. I will miss her. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
Elvia Rios
December 26, 2010
To all the family and loved ones I offer my most sincere condolences. May GOD provide the family with strength, courage, and peace to reflect and accept such a great loss. GOD BLESS YOU ALL and her favorite advise "Not to worry "manita", everything will be alright is really true, but hard to accept during times likes this. Take God by the hand and HE will help you all through this tough journey in life. (Nellie Rodriguez, Mcallen Tx-Elizabeth Rabago's sister)
Nellie Rodriguez
December 26, 2010
I will always remember Terrie's dazzling smile and charismatic personality. After graduating from EHS and having a blast with Terrie in many band/sargenette/UIL activities, we moved in and out of each other's lives again here in Austin as we worked on projects & moved in parrallel art & social circles. Terrie, you left us way too early. You were a gift to all of us who knew you. I'm lighting a candle for you & remembering your huge capacity for love and hospitality. With much love, Gloria Gene Moore, Austin, TX (formerly Edinburg).
December 26, 2010
My sincere thoughts and prayers go out to her family and loved ones. We offer our condolences on the loss of such a wonderful sister-in-law (aunt). May her daughters find the comfort, courage, strength, and serenity to continue with the loss of their precious mom. Terrie you will be missed. Memories that were created between Terrie and each one of us will always be cherished and remembered. May God Bless You and yours. Love You always: Joseph and Betty Rabago
Betty & Joseph Rabago
December 26, 2010
My thoughts and prayers go to her family and loved ones. I had the pleasure of serving with Terrie on the ZAP Commission. I learned a great deal from her and found her an inspiration.
Roxanne Evans
December 26, 2010
To all family members & friends: Greg & I offer our condolences on the loss of our loved one. May everyone find the comfort, courage, strength, love and peace we need as we reflect on the memories that were created between Terrie and each one of us. She will always be remembered as a classmate and as a friend.
Gina Villarreal Chalfant
December 26, 2010
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