Teresa "Terry" Nyangaresi
I stand here today with great sorrow in my heart, to give a brief history of our dear sister, Terry.
The late Teresa Kerubo Nyangaresi was born in Kiambu County, Kenya at Nazareth Hospital on the 8th of November 1987. She is the 5th born child in a family of 7.
She was the daughter to Nyangaresi Onyinkwa Joi and Rachel Nyaboke Ogari.
Dear sister to Jane Gesare, Hellen Mong’are, Evelyn Bochere, the late John Okero, Nancy Kemunto and Elizabeth Boicha.
She was niece to the late Nyabere, Rebecca, the late Gesare, Mr. & Mrs. Zachariah, Mr. & Mrs. Onyangore, Mr. & Mrs. Ondari, Mr. & Mrs. Biyogo, the late Mr. & Mrs. Choti, Yunuke, Mark Mongera, Mary, the late Omwenga, Mr. & Mrs. Okari, Sumei, Mr. & Mrs. Kitsao, Peter , the late Miriam among others.
She was cousin to Yunia, Ben, Nelson, Musa, Job, Onsarigo, the late Orphah, Jackie, Judy, James, Zainab, Ciprine, Danvas, Rose, Anderson Onyangore, Alex, Anderson Ondari, Steve, Eric, Nathan, Gideon, Risper, the late Kennedy, Choti, Matthew, Mateng’o, Bathsheba, Mr. & Mrs. Darius Kwedho, Mr. & Mrs. Ricky Oyaro, Samuel, Nicole, Teresa, the late Momanyi, Hezron, Gesare, Junior, Kimberly, Wesley, Rose, Sophie among many others.
Loving aunty to Deatra, Divine, Raymond, Janet, Michelle, Dylan, Okero, Junior, Natalia, Onyinkwa, Skylynn, Flynn, Tommy, Jaydon, Imran, Nelson.
She started her primary education at Milimani Primary School, then proceeded to St. Mary’s Primary School in Ongata Rongai, Nairobi Kenya. She went on to High School at Matungulu High School in Machakos until 2005.
She went ahead and joined Kenya College of Commerce & Hospitality in Nairobi Kenya, where she got her Hospitality Management Certification in the year 2007. Recently she was pursuing a sports physical therapist course.
Teresa was born to a Seventh Day Adventist family. During Her early ages in life she passed through the doctrine classes of adventurer, pathfinder and later on joined the youth.
She got employed as a waitress in Westlands, where she worked until she got the D.V Lottery green card to the United States, in 2008.
She came to the United States in December 2008 and when she settled she enrolled school and studied the CNA Course. She found employment at Villa St. Francis where she worked for a few years before she did a medical aide course and moved on to find employment at an assisted living facility in Shawnee, KS where she had been working until recently when she planned to go back to school. She aspired to be a sports physical therapist and her care and compassion for others would have made her amazing at it.
Terry started feeling ill a few years back and the doctors attending to her diagnosed her with pancreatitis. She was put on medication that kept it under control after being in and out of hospital for a while. Late last year she landed in the ICU due to seizures which had never occurred before, where she stayed for a number of weeks and was released with doctor’s orders to improve her feeding habits. She had also previously landed into hospital due to low sugar levels where the doctor advised her to be conscious about the number of times she eats in a day. On Monday November 27th 2017, she was found dead in her room in Shawnee, KS where she was renting.
One of Teresa’s best traits was that she always lived her life to the fullest and loved to laugh and smile. She was a hardworking, intelligent, caring, a very thoughtful person and enjoyed trying new things and adventures. She loved cooking, dancing, music, movies and travelling: she planned to travel the world. She always saw the best in people and was always ready to help anyone in need.
During her stay here, she met a loyal and dear friend and partner, Martin Leslie Nzai. He knew Terry for the better part of her life. They have been good companions for quite sometime, and for sharing that part of her life, we appreciate him, for always being by her side through thick and thin.
His few words about Terry : “It isn’t possible to put into words the importance of friendship and how much Teresa meant to us. She positively influenced our lives, we will miss her. She will always be loved.”
Terry’s life was cut far too short, but during her time on earth she touched so many people. I would like to end by thanking God for the mercies he has shown us at this dreadful time. Above all we give thanks for the life of a woman we are so proud to be able to call our sister, the unique, the complex, extraordinary, and irreplaceable Terry, whose beauty, both internal and external, will never be extinguished from our minds. Words cannot describe how much she will be missed. Her memory will live on in all of our hearts forever. Terry, we will all miss you. God bless, rest in eternal peace dear sister.