Teresa Leigh Stoddard
Teresa Leigh Stoddard, 75, passed away peacefully on December 17, 2021, in Clearfield, Utah.
Teresa was born to Ray Webster Stoddard and Jacqueline Leigh Reynolds on March 8, 1946, in Hamilton, Montana. She grew up in Missoula, Montana and graduated from Missoula County High School. She received her registered nursing degree from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.
Most important in Teresa's life were her faith and her family. She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Teresa loved children and spent most of her career, over 30 years, as a psychiatric nurse at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. There are not many people who can spend decades caring for children who were suffering in that way, but Teresa dedicated her life's work to them.
Highlights every year for Teresa included spending time with her Mom and brother, Richard, on autumn trips to Montana to visit family, the Washington coast, and the many beaches around Puget Sound and her annual visit to Washington State at Christmastime. Teresa also loved animals, particularly those in need of rescue; she had both pet cats and dogs most of her life including, of late, a Weimaraner named Anna, whom she especially adored.
Teresa is survived by her brother Michael Stoddard, her younger half-brothers, Richard Peterson, Nyle Stoddard, Theron Stoddard, and Ki Stoddard, her life-long best friend Nancy Pulsipher, two goddaughters, Emily Han and Ginny Swenson; all who dearly loved and cared for her including the special caregivers at Chancellor Gardens in Clearfield.
Teresa will be interred next to her Mom, Jackie, at Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery in Seattle, Washington.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.