Terrie was born May 2nd , 1954, in Seattle, WA. Her childhood included moves to both Alaska and California before returning to the Seattle area and graduated from Arlington High School. Terrie spent nearly 40 years working in the dental field for both Donald Hodges, DDS, and Beth Gold, DDS where she loved patient care and the friendships she formed with both coworkers and patients. In November 2022, Terrie was diagnosed with ALS. On April 12th , her short battle came to an end.
Terrie loved quilting, baking and camping. She was always excited to plan out her next quilting project and loved collecting fabric from road trips with Larry. She often made personalized quilts for those close to her. During the pandemic, Terrie made and donated hundreds of custom designed and fitted masks for friends, family and people whom she’d never met.
Terrie loved sharing her passion for baking with others and often gifted many kinds of goodies for all the seasons of the year. She meticulously decorated for each holiday, but none more than Christmas. Terrie enjoyed collecting gingerbread décor, which could be found in each room of their home. She also loved animals and spent most of her life with a pet, the most recent being their dog Ollie.
Terrie was preceded in death by her father Harlan “Mac” McDonnel, step-father Russ Bennett, and sister Cheryl (David) Whitsett. She is survived by her loving husband Larry, mother Gerry McDonnel, son Brian (Deann), step-daughters Danelle (Michael) Mathews, Tara Holliday (Dave Beecher), and grandchildren Jackson and Parker Mathews, Lincoln and Anderson Holliday, Amber (Kyle) Becker.
The family would like to thank the team at the Virginia Mason ALS Clinic for their support following Terrie’s diagnosis and the hospital doctors and nurses for their exceptional care over Terrie’s last days.
A celebration of life will be held at Rosehill Community Center in Mukilteo, WA on Friday, May 5th 2023 from 2:00 – 4:00. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The ALS Association or ASPCA.
We will miss her kind heart, sneaky sense of humor and our weekly muffins that Nana poured her heart into.