Obituary: Teresa Antonia Gordon May 8, 1939 – Feb. 14, 2016

TERESA ANTONIA GORDON May 8, 1939  Feb. 14, 2016

Teresa Antonia Gordon, 76, of Topeka, passed away on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at Brewster Place. She was born May 8, 1939 in Kansas City, KS, the daughter of Merritt and Teresa (Rieke) Ross.

Teresa graduated from Eudora High School and earned a Master’s Degree in Physics from the University of Kansas where she met her husband of 52 years, James Gordon. They resided in Colorado Springs, Colorado from 1967 through 1974 and then in Los Alamos, New Mexico from 1974 until 1998. They later resided in Baldwin City, Kansas prior to moving to Topeka.

Teresa was a member of St. Augustine’s Anglican Church. She had a life-long passion for gardening and was an avid reader. She’s remembered by her high school classmates as the star student in their class. She was always there for a friend to lend a helping hand.

Survivors include her husband, James Gordon of Topeka, their children, Michael (Jane) Gordon, Katherine (Michael Gerhardt) Gordon, Susan (Ted) Lamberty, two grandchildren, John and Thomas Gordon and one brother, Paul (Maryellen) Ross.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 18, 2016 in the Fink Living Room at Brewster Place Health Center. Private inurnment will take place at a later date in Fall River Township Cemetery, Wilson Co., Kansas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the St. Augustine’s Anglican Church, 2140 SW Hodges Rd., Topeka, Kansas 66614 or the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

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