March 14, 1941 — January 31, 2019
Terry Brotherton Terhune, age 77, passed peacefully on January 31, 2019, at OHSU Hospital with her family surrounding her.
She was born on March 14, 1941, in Walla Walla, Washington, to Marion Frank and Geneva Brotherton and married Charles Terhune in 1965.
She was educated in Walla Walla, Northwestern University for BA in political science and history, MAT from Stanford University, and graduate certificate in gerontology from Oregon State University.
Terry lived primarily in Oregon, including Corvallis and Sisters, and took great joy in traveling. She was known for her passion for intellectual engagement and generosity of spirit. She was a born educator, teaching history to young adults in public and private schools.
Being an avid reader resulted in newspaper ink everywhere. Terry was a published author of "Epistles of Friendship" (2015) and was instrumental in revitalizing the City of Fossil Public Library.
Terry converted to Catholicism after many years of visiting Mt. Angel Abbey and established a trust to support Mt. Angel seminarians in their education.
Her grandmother Lillian Prindle influenced her with a love for rural America. She inherited strength and dynamism from the women in her life, in particular her mother, aunts, and grandmothers. She felt deeply that her children and grandchildren were “strong, loving, achieving, contributing individuals. They are the fruition, the harvest in the winter season of my life.”
She is survived by husband, Charles Terhune; children, Chip, Elizabeth, and Catherine Terhune; grandchildren, Ben and Grete Feldman and Morgan and Cole Terhune. She was aunt to Beth Swanson, Kari Egger, Brad, Rob, and David Brotherton, Annie Ellingham, Kelly Petersen, John and Scott Terhune.
She was predeceased by brother, William “Biff” Brotherton.
The service will be private and for family only.
Donations in Terry’s memory may be made to Fossil Educational Foundation, P.O. Box 206, Fossil, OR 97830.
The family expresses their deep gratitude to the dedication and thoughtfulness of the OHSU caregivers.