Therese (Terri) Ann Ringley, 84, (written by Terri), of Richmond, passed away on May 12, 2021, at Reid Health after having emergency surgery for an Aorta Dissection on April 15, 2021. I hope you all have at least one good story or memory of me to be shared with everyone. My life was basically simple, lived mostly in a by-gone era, which was wonderful. God was good to me and gave me a blessed life and loving family and friends.
I was born on September 26, 1936, in Indianapolis just after the hottest summer ever recorded there. My parents were Charles F. & Edna E. Perrin. I went to St. Joan of Arc Grade School and graduated from St. Mary Academy in 1954. After 6 weeks at Marian College (they had just made it co-ed!) I went to work at Meridian Mutual Insurance Co. I stayed there until I went to Hawaii to stay with my brother Don for about a month.
I became a Legal Secretary and lived with my brother Don in the Essex House downtown until I married my first husband Ron DeMao in June 1960. After living on the golf course at Lake Wawasee we moved to Richmond in February 1964. My eldest child, Charise DeMao was born in Sarasota in November of 1960, Donald A. DeMao was born in Columbia City in May 1963 and last but certainly not least, Liz (Elizabeth) A. DeMao was born in Richmond in July of 1966.
I was divorced in January 1975, my life was completely changed when I went to work (after 15 years) for the Girl Scouts. I joined Parents Without Partners, where I met and married Mike Ringley in April of 1979. He was my soul mate and partner and we had a great 19 years of marriage together before his death in August of 1998 at the young age of 53.
I retired from the Girl Scouts as an Administrative Assistant in November of 2001 and moved to Indy in April of 2004. Having become a member of First Friends in Richmond I then transferred my membership to First Friends in Indy and eventually started working in their office in December of 2005. I retired again in February of 2013. I then returned to Richmond in May of 2013 and it was like “coming home” – I became an Interim in the office at First Friends from September of 2013 until June of 2014 when I finally retired for the 3rd time and for good!
I love to Volunteer – Volunteer jobs over the years were: Reid Hospital, Wayne County Tourism Bureau, Indiana State Museum, Community North Hospital, Abbie Hunt Bryce Home for the Terminally ill, Reid Health (until the pandemic), Red Cross, Community Food Pantry.
She is survived by her children, Charise DeMao of Richmond, Donald (Donnie) A. DeMao & Elizabeth (Liz) A. DeMao (Howard E. Farley) all of Richmond, IN.
She was preceded in death by both of her parents, husband Mike Ringley and brother Don Perrin.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 19, 2021, at First Friends 2010 Chester Blvd. at 10:30 am and a Celebration Dinner will be held at Shelter #4 at Glen Miller Park (off 30th street, first shelter on the left as you go up the hill) at 12:00 pm the same day. You are all invited as everyone was Terri’s family!
There will be no calling, just a Celebration of her Life as she wanted! In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Indiana University Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology at Van Nuys Medical Science Building located at 635 Barnhill Drive, MS 5035 Indianapolis, IN 46202-5120 Phone: 317-274-7450 anatomy.iupui.edu. Stegall-Berheide-Orr Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the guestbook at stegallberheideorr.com.