Valley Hills Funeral Home
Terri Hutt passed away February 21, 2019 after almost 3 decades of tremendous strength, will, and faith living with epilepsy from a traumatic brain injury in November of 1980.
Terressa Lee Shea was born August 29, 1948 to Jim and Bertha Shea in Toppenish, Wa. The third born of 5 children (Patsy, Mike, Terri, Mary and Jeanie), she grew up in the rural country outside of Buena on acreage purchased from her grandparents’ homestead. She was raised learning the value of family, hard work, and a deep-rooted conviction in her Lord. Growing up in the country the family lived meagerly but were never deprived. If it couldn’t be purchased, it could be made or repaired. If it couldn’t be made or repaired then you went without. Being taught that at a young age, through her mother and 4-H, shaped Terri into the wife, mother, and woman who developed the passion for sewing and cooking and took those skills to a new level of amazing.
Terri was one of the very last classes that attended Buena grade school before it was permanently closed and graduated from Toppenish High School in 1966. As an academic achiever she was also an accomplished reporter for the Toppenish Review, the treasurer of the honor society, and active in drama and pep club her senior year. She attended YVC for almost 2 years before moving to Seattle where she blessed the Hanson family with a daughter, Laurie, in 1969.
She married Roy Michea in 1971 and in their 5 years of marriage they had 2 daughters together, Nichole Lorene in 1973 and Camille Elizabeth in 1974. In 1978 Terri married Douglas Hutt and together they had their son Christopher in 1980.
Tragically Terri was assaulted in 1980 which left her with permanent brain damage and epileptic seizures. She moved her 3 children to Yakima in 1984 where she raised them not only as a single mother but one who suffered constantly with multitudes of pain and physical adversity. With her faith and belief in God, and her maternal character of determined persistence she raised her children to be strong in their beliefs and in every moment of her existence were they unwaveringly loved and cherished by her. As her children got older she took on foster kids and showed them the same love she did her children.
Terri and Ron Liebert were married in 1994 and lived together outside of Zillah where she was active in the foreign exchange student program for Granger High School. Years later, struggling with health, she moved back to Zillah and eventually moved in with her son Chris and his family.
Terri was preceded in death by her mother and father, and sisters Patsy and Mary and her Cat Duchess. She is survived by her daughters: Laurie (Dan) Brewis of Renton, Nikki (Chris) Van Antwerp, Cami (Gary) Littlejohn and son, Chris (Leasa) Hutt, all of Zillah; brother Mike (Maryanne) Shea of Carbonado, WA, and sister Jeanie (Robert) Froemke of Zillah; 12 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; as well as her cat, Thomas.
Services for Terri are at Mountain View Fellowship, 2 PM, March 2, 2019 (1504 2nd Ave., Zillah) with a potluck reception following. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the church for the Bower family. Condolences can be left at www.valleyhillsfh.com.