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Theresa Gwyndolyn (Respess) Manning, 90, of Hernandez, New Mexico passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at the Rocky Mountain Care Willow Springs facility in Tooele, Utah surrounded by her loving family members.
Born to Grady Gilliland Respess and Sadie Mae Jones Respess on June 6, 1929 in Sweetwater, Texas, she joined the young family together with her sister, Grada Mae.
Theresa attended public schools and eventually graduated from the Texas Women's University in Denton, Texas with a Bachelor of Arts degree and worked for the Advertising Department of a major retail giant.
Theresa married Reginald P Manning on December 17, 1964, however, in her own words, she decided "marriage wasn't for her", and the pair divorced in 1968 but remained friends.
Traveling was a love and passion of hers, as evidenced by her several decorated passports. China, Greece, Argentina, and Russia to name a few, but Theresa left her footprints on every continent. Her travel van's odometer proved that her stateside travels were abundant as well.
She spent retirement in her modest adobe home outside of Espanola, New Mexico along the Rio Chama River. If she wasn't tending to her garden beds, she was walking along the property's irrigation canal or river banks. She was fond of her property, her neighbors, and the community which she so greatly loved and was proud to show visitors the best places to eat and the beautiful scenery of the New Mexico area.
Theresa is survived by a niece, Sue Ann McGuire of Rock Springs, Wyoming - and her children Tonya, Elizabeth, Joseph and Jennifer, and a nephew Terry (Rhonda) Donnelson of San Angelo, Texas and his son, Rusty. She is also survived by her loving neighbors, who became family Gerald and Rosena Martinez and their family of Hernandez, New Mexico. She was proceeded in death by her parents, Grady and Sadie and her sister, Grada Mae.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude, appreciation and thanks to Theresa's faithful neighbors, Gerald and Rosena Martinez. Your love and attention to Aunt Terry when she lived so far away from family is beyond remarkable. Words can not express how deeply we feel about you and how special you are to us.
Thank you to the management and staff of the Sombrillo Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Los Alamos, NM, the management and staff of the Rocky Mountain Care Willow Springs facility of Tooele, UT, and Gene Hoopes of the Dalton-Hoopes Funeral Home and Cremation Center of Grantsville, UT.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial will be held at a later date.