Teresa Bea Gilder (Curtis) passed away peacefully in her sleep after a courageous battle with cancer early morning on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.
She is preceded in death by her father Albert Curtis and her adopted mother Sylvia. Teresa, who commonly was known by loved ones as Teri, was born to Albert Curtis and Mary Winifred Studdard on January 19, 1954 in Excelsior Springs, MO. Teri attended school near Leawood, KS where she graduated from Shawnee Mission East in 1972. She was involved in school publications, including the yearbook committee.
She was a member of the Cheyenne-Arapahoe tribe and embodied the generous spirit of the Native Americans. She believed in giving back, dedicating her time to helping adults with developmental disabilities. She made a career out of providing assistance to people with severe impairments in the Center for Developmental Disabilities. To her, it was a means of providing people with disabilities independence and autonomy back in their daily lives. Co-workers of Teri described her as being a wonderful person who cared about her patients very deeply. Teri was a highly spiritual person who believed in the Lord and attended Raytown Baptist (now known by Connection Point.) In the fall of 2018, she was diagnosed with stage-4 breast cancer. She fought the disease bravely for a year before moving into hospice care.
She is survived by her sisters Lisa Keeler and Loretta, her five children from two previous marriages, Stephen Burkhead, Cristi Van Hoff, Albert Gilder, Amy Gilder and Teresa Davis. She is also survived by her four grandchildren John age 12, Olivia age 10, Stella Louise age 4, and John Jr age 1.
Service will be held November 2nd at First Southern Baptist Church visitation 1 pm, service 2 pm, reception to follow.
8600 W 91st Terr, Overland Park KS 66212.