Terry peacefully passed away at her home in Forks, Washington on Sunday, March 24, 2019. She was 62 years old.
Terry was born Aug. 6, 1956, to Charles and Helen (Koski) Ford in Aberdeen, Washington. Terry attended Aberdeen School District and graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1974.
After High School graduation, Terry married her high school sweetheart Lonny Vessey in 1974. They later divorced but always remained friends.
Terry lived in Forks for several years, then moved to Oregon to be closer to her mother and grandmother. She worked for Safeway for 17 years before her retirement. Once retired, Terry moved back to Forks to be closer to her family.
Terry loved spending time outdoors which included driving in the woods and beachcombing, collecting rocks, glass and driftwood. After collecting her treasures, she would then make beautiful decorations to give as gifts to her family and friends. Most of all Terry was the happiest spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Terry is survived by her two children, Christopher Vessey and Jennifer Burge, both of Forks, Washington; a sister Cathy Fay of Everett and nephew Jon Ford of Astoria, Oregon; grandsons, William Palmer V (Goose), currently serving in Iraq and Michael Palmer (Monkey) of Shelton, Washington; granddaughters, Jlynn Vessey, Brooklyn Burge, Kandice Houston and Rebekka Campbell of Forks, Washington. As well as numerous nieces and nephews. Terry was preceded in death by her parents and grandson Michael Burge.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, May 11, 2019, at the home of Chris Vessey at 631 Fletcher St. Forks, WA 98331. This will be ongoing from Friday, May 10, to Sunday, May 12. With a semi-formal gathering on Saturday at 2 p.m. Bring your camping gear, favorite dish to share with all in a potluck.