Teresa W. Stephens



Colorado Springs, Colo.

Teresa Susan West Stephens, age 71, passed away Jan. 10, 2022, in Colorado Springs, Colo., due to complications of COVID and frontotemporal dementia. Terri was born June 12, 1950, in Kansas City, Kan., to Earl E. West and Margaret Warsop West Dierolf.

She attended the University of Missouri, where she earned her degree in education. She married the love of her life, John Rice Stephens, on Aug. 19, 1972, in Kansas City, Mo. Terri and John raised their family in Lamoine, where she enjoyed long hikes in Acadia, directing her church choir, growing and canning vegetables, sewing and making maple syrup. They later moved to Des Moines, Iowa, in 1992, where she worked on the staff of Des Moines First Assembly for many years. She practiced holistic health, impressed friends and family with cookies and fresh-baked bread and loved vacationing in Branson, Mo., and Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

After John’s death in 2008, she moved to Blue Hill, where she met and married Dr. Marshall Smith. Together they traveled the world and performed with the local Ellsworth Gilbert & Sullivan Society. She was on the board of the Ellsworth Free Clinic and was a member of the Rotary Club, traveling with them to the Dominican Republic to give wheelchairs to disabled people in need. She was on the vestry of St Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church. Terri was an avid musician, playing French horn both in high school and with the Castine Town Band.

Terri was preceded in death by her husband, John Stephens, father, Earl West, brother Scott West and brother-in-law Ned Stephens. She is survived by her mother, Margaret Dierolf, of Plano, Texas, brother Brad (Lisa) West of Plano, Texas, daughter Sydni (Andrew) Dittmer of Colorado Springs, Colo., son Joshua (Donat) Barrault-Stephens of New York City, grandchildren Ivan and Alexandra Dittmer of Colorado Springs, Colo., second husband Dr. Marshall Smith of Blue Hill, brother-in-law Ray (Charlotte) Stephens, sisters-in-law Kathy West and Elizabeth Stephens Hill and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be planned in Maine for the summer. Donations can be made to the Ellsworth Free Clinic or to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration.


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