Teresa M. Whittig, 91, passed on August 5 at her home after a six-month battle with cancer and complications of COVID-19.
Born in her maternal grandparent's home in Nampa, Teresa Marie Budell made her appearance on February 3, 1930. Daughter of Joseph F. Budell and B. Izelle Bullen Budell, she was the second of five children. Teresa's formal education began at Bennett, a two-room schoolhouse without running water, including grades one through eight. When a 4-H club was organized in the fifth grade, Teresa participated in the cooking and sewing projects. Her first 4-H experience lasted five years. Usually, the job of janitor at Bennett School was given to an eighth-grade boy. Teresa was the first girl to receive this responsibility which included stoking the coal furnace. In 1944, her eighth-grade graduation class consisted of two boys and Teresa. Ninth grade was spent at Central Junior High, with the remaining school years at Nampa High.
Two weeks after graduation Teresa started working at the Free Press and continued there for four years. In 1950, at the Nampa Rollerdrome, Howard Whittig skated into Teresa's life, and in 1951 he popped the question. On November 16, 1952, they said their "I do's" at St. Paul's Catholic Church and were happily married for almost 69 years. During all of those years, they resided on Stafford Road between Caldwell and Notus.
On August 14, 1953, a daughter, Sue Ann, was born to the couple, followed by Keith on July 21, 1955, and Linda on February 8, 1968. During the following years, Teresa wore many hats, including PTA member, room mother, catechism teacher, 4-H leader, first for Sue Ann for ten years and then for Linda for six. Besides being a 68-year member of St Mary's/Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Caldwell, she held several offices in the Catholic Women's League along with volunteering in many other capacities, including over 30 years as a member of the folk music group.
Teresa had a keen sense of adventure, having traveled to 12 states, England, Spain, Portugal, and Ireland, and paragliding off Bald Mountain in Sun Valley when she was 81.
Teresa was a highly accomplished seamstress who also spent hours completing many counted cross-stitch pieces. According to one of her sons-in-law, her banana cream pie was the best in the world. Her homestyle cooking was from scratch and was excellent – well, except for the liver and onions.
A few of Teresa's favorite things were sunrises and sunsets, the changing seasons, flowers, laughter, colorful hot air balloons, the smell of baking bread, and the peace and quiet of country living. Hers was a life well spent.
Teresa was preceded in death by her parents, older brother Paul and younger sister, Mary Lootens. Besides her husband Howard, she is survived by her children Sue Ann Johnson (Chris) of Oregon City, Oregon, Keith (Lynda) of Meridian and Linda (Devin Koski) of Boise, younger brothers, Lee (Terry) of Salt Lake City, and Carl (Carole) of Nampa along with numerous nieces and nephews.
The rosary will be at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Caldwell on Wednesday, August 18 at 10 am. A funeral mass follows at 11 am, with a luncheon immediately after. Please consider a donation to Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church or to a cancer organization of your choice in lieu of flowers.
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