2200 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Monday, Apr 16, 2018
Jan 15, 1959 - Apr 12, 2018
Terri Matherley Tyson, 59, loving and encouraging wife, mother, sister, and “Nana” passed away peacefully following a courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, April 12, 2018 surrounded by her children at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Memories of her fearless love for life, superhuman-like spirit, unrelenting optimism and joyful determination live on in the hearts of her family and friends.
An avid gardener and professional “bean counter”, Terri is survived by her daughter, Andrea Bailey Littell and son-in-law, Harrison Littell (Winston-Salem, NC), and son, Adam Bailey and partner, Gabrielle Chaloux (Vail, CO), step-daughter, Jessie Katherine Tyson and step-son, Thomas Tyson. Her grandson, James Bailey Littell (3yrs), was one of her greatest joys.
She was preceded in death by two of her very best friends: her husband, Vern Tyson, and mother, Bettye Jo.
Terri was born on January 15, 1959 in Kingsville, Texas to parents James and Betty Jo (Floyd) Matherley. The youngest of two, she is survived by her big sister and dear friend, Vickie (Matherley) Shoesmith and her husband Glenn Shoesmith. Also surviving are her nephew, Brandon Perry and his wife, Chelsea Perry (Ypsalanti, MI), and niece, Melissa (Perry) Stinson and her husband, John Stinson (Burton, MI), and her first husband, life-long friend and father of her children, Jeffrey Bailey and wife, Cathy Bailey (Chapel Hill).
The daughter of a Navy man, she spent the early part of her life moving from state to state until her family eventually settled in Burton, Michigan. Throughout her teens, she was a little go-getter and talented athlete, graduating with honors from Bentley High School (Go Bulldogs!) in 1977. A devoted mother and wife, she transitioned from full-time work to stay home while her children were little - and selflessly made the move to North Carolina in support her husband’s career because she knew that choice would better the future for her family. In her early thirties, while raising two young children at home, she went on to complete an evening bachelor’s degree program at High Point University, finishing with a 4.0. She then aced the CPA exam on the first try.
Terri had that perfect blend of beauty and brains with an uncanny ability to exhibit bravery and strength while remaining gentle and kind. She was selfless to a fault, always making sure everyone felt supported and “seen”. Hers is a legacy of love.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on April 16, 2018 at Reynolda Church in Winston-Salem. Terri’s family would like to thank the staff at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home for their tender and conscientious care during her final days. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Hospice & Palliative CareCenter at hospicecarecenter.org.
Online condolences may be made through www.salemfh.com.
Very Sorry for all of you....you are in my thoughts
Ralph and I are so sorry to hear of the passing of Terri. We know she is now with Vern and they have had an amazing homecoming. She is at peace. We loved her and Vern and send prayers to the family.
Ralph and Donna Peterson
Lisa and Ray Anderson
My heart goes out to you in this time of mourning. I am so sorry for your loss. Dearest Andrea you and all your family will be in our prayers. I pray the Holy Spirit will comfort you as only God can .
With much love
Lisa and Ray and family