Theresa Elliott

Theresa “Terry” Frances Elliott, 95, was born on September 3, 1927, in Philadelphia, PA. She passed away on April 24, 2023.

Terry was preceded in death by her loving husband, Edward R. Elliott Sr. of forty-seven and a half years, and her son, Edward R. Elliott Jr.

She is survived by her five children: Karen Schenck, Lisa Di Giorgio (Rick), Tina Boyd (Lance), Tami Harrison (Rex), Dreux Elliott (Laurie); daughter-in-law Lianne Elliott; and treasured fifteen grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.

Terry was a loving and hard-working mother. Prior to marriage, she started her career as a banker. With marriage, her main career was as an air force wife traveling the world and raising her six children. Later, Terry worked for Busch Gardens where she became a supervisor. When she retired from Busch Gardens, she became a bookkeeper and a greeter for every child that walked through the World Class Gymnastics door until she was 91.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 27, 2023, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, April 28, 2023, 11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. A burial will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park, followed by a Celebration of Life.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to St. Jude’s in her name,


  1. Doreen Morse

    My condolences to the family on the passing of your mom . Grandma and Great Grandma. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ❤️🙏

  2. Sharon Hill (Jaelah Warner’s grandma)

    Ms Terry was a very special lady. She had many years on me but that lady had energy to go. She had several years on me but she was a social butterfly and ran circles around me. She is the only person I know who never received a traffic ticket or parking violation. To me she set high standards in raising beautiful children, inside and out, being kind to ppl and having both work ethics and endurance. Keep and eye out for Teddy and Millie until we see you on the other side. We will always have a special place for her in our hearts.

  3. Christine Taylor

    Terry was a very devoted woman to God and her family. She exuded kindness and sincerity to everyone she met. Her smile was infectious! She will have all the angels in heaven laughing and praying with her as she resides at His side.

  4. Michelle McCabe

    Terry Elliott: Where do I begin? She was quick witted. Smart to raise 6 great kids! Helped with all those grandbabies. Kept going. A Busy bee. Loved her church. Loved her family. Loved her country. We have lost a special lady. But Heaven has gained a special soul. I send my most sincere condolences to all in the Elliott family, especially my sweet sister-in-law, Tami, who adored the ground her mother walked on.

  5. Gina Wilburn

    What an awesome lady! So much fun to be around and always good for a laugh. She will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

  6. Jason & Sherrie Bollhorst

    Terri was a very special mother, grandmother and friend to all! All the time I spent at her house (with Tami) then to the pool, and other shenanigans when we were young! Then our children continued where Tami & I left off with Tristan and Sydney! Terri was always there for the girls from Mt. Carmel to cheer practice then swim practice! Jason and I are sending our condolences and prayers for the family and friends.

  7. Lisa Milliken McCartney

    With deepest sympathy to the Elliott family in the passing of your Mom, Grandmother, Great grandmother. She was an amazing woman. It has been many years since I have seen her but I will never forget the beautiful loving person that she was and all of the time I spent at her house. She always welcomed me as one of the family. Karen was my very first friend when my family moved to Virginia.

  8. Mary Harrison

    I always enjoyed spending time with Terry. She was so full of life and enjoyed every minute with her family and friends. Her children were her life. Always sweet and kind and could take a joke and could dish it out. we loved Terry. She will be missed. I cannot believe she is gone.

  9. Cynthia Smaha

    My condolences to Ms Terry’s loved ones who have to manage to move forward without her grace in your day to day lives. I had the pleasure of chatting with Ms Terry a total of 3 times in my life and every moment her kindness made me feel at home and like I was chatting with my own mom. Cherish your memories and hold one another a little extra tightly as together you manage the loss of such a beautiful human being. Sending love and prayers.

  10. Sheri Lausin

    Terry was such a sweet lady and I was lucky to have spent time with her at Tina’s! She was always up for a good time and loved being with the ladies playing bingo, bunco and croquet. Terry was right in the middle of it all – glad to be part of it always with a big smile on her face.

  11. Laura Hall

    Whether working at a meet, running the desk at the gym, or helping out at a fun raiser, Ms. Terry’s infectious cheery personality, twinkling eyes and genuine love for all things gymnastics, never failed to lighten my heart and make me smile. It was a privilege to spend time with her, hear her stories of her precious family, and be inspired by her life’s work. You will be missed, Dear Lady!

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