Theresa Ann Araujo was born in Oakland, California on August 6, 1958 to Howard and Gertrude Stevens.
Theresa married David Araujo in 1979 and became a widow in 1996. She is survived by her 3 children, Damon(Amanda), Danielle, and Sarah; 5 grandchildren, Corinne, Marianna, Jocelyn, Samuel, and Benjamin; and Theresa’s 7 Brothers and Sisters Lark, Tommy(Carolyn), Robert Charles(Linda), Howard(Dolores), Sabrina(Jim), Lydia(Lou), and Robert George(Maling).
Theresa adored her relationship with each of her siblings, friends, family, children, and grandchildren. She especially enjoyed spending time playing scrabble, cooking, taking care of… well, everyone, and having a fun time where ever she was. Theresa loved to travel and did so regularly when she was still able to.
Theresa, as we all know, was a person with a gift to make others laugh and feel loved. She could pick up a conversation with anyone and in an instant sprout a friendship. She kept friendships that lasted a lifetime and built new ones for years to come for her loved ones she left behind. She was a binding factor in our family, a role that can never be filled again.
She enjoyed her last talks and visits with her Aunt Martha (Annie), her siblings, her kids and grandkids, her family Baby, Gloria, Shawn and family, Aunt Krecia, Aunt Vicki and Uncle Leo, Juliet and family, along with friends Tommie, Bill, Gerrie, Amy and Mike, Skip and Sandy, Kay and Don, Lisa and Mike, Ron, Bonnie, Marvin and Ning, and Theresa and Maria.
Theresa had some parting words for those in her life.
“I want to wish everyone well and ask that you not mourn on my recent departure. I have worked hard; been through some rough times; lived and loved through some fun times; and you know what? I’m pretty tired! I have made some great friends over my years from Hawaii to Okinawa, North Carolina to California, and a lot of places in between; some I can’t remember; some I’ll never forget; and some I don’t want to remember… ;-).
I was blessed to have had a loving family, friends, and MWR Crew. I hope I have left everyone with fond memories of my long hair, flip flops, fun on the beach, enjoyment of Coca Cola, and typically having a cigarette (or two, or three). I’m grateful for everyone’s prayers and the time they made for me the last few weeks. It has been comforting to have all of you here with me in person and in spirit. I am in a good place.
I can only tell it like it is…I did my best through life. I wish the best for Damon, Danielle, and Sarah; I tried my hardest to give you the most important things in life—love, a safe place to live, food on the table, kept you in school, and I didn’t get arrested (as best as I can remember)! I only regret not being able to spend more time with all my wonderful grandkids, Corinne, Marianna, Jocelyn, Samuel, and Benjamin – to my daughter-in-law Amanda, please keep giving them hugs for me.
By the time you are reading this I will probably be looking for that 6 foot 4 inch, blue-eyed, blond haired hunk and a Coke machine.
I wanted this to be light hearted and not too serious.
Aloha …. Theresa”
Celebration of Life
- Date: November 4, 2017
- Time: 10:00 AM
- Location: St. John’s Episcopal Church
- Address: 760 First Avenue Chula Vista, CA 91910
- Directions: St. John’s Episcopal Church
Alicia Celis on October 08, 2017