Teresa (Scotland) Woodley was born on April 17, 1970, in Mahaut, Dominica. Surrounded by her loving family, she passed away on April 6, 2021, in Little Elm, Texas.
Teresa moved from Dominica to St. Thomas at the age of 14. In 1990, she graduated from Charlotte Amalie High School, St. Thomas U.S.V.I. She went on to attend the University of Bridgeport where she graduated in 1994 with her undergraduate degree and in 1997 with her master's degree. In 2011, she graduated from Walden University earning a post graduate degree in Teacher Leadership. Teresa enjoyed a career as an elementary and secondary teacher. She worked at St. Anthony Academy in Dallas and Dallas Independent School District.
On June 19, 2004, Teresa married the love of her life, Russell Woodley. In this union, three beautiful children were loved and nurtured. These children meant the world to her. The two remained united in holy matrimony until her transition.
Affectionately regarded as "Teri" and "Tewo", Teresa had many interests which included natural health, cooking healthy meals, photography, long walks, bike riding, and watching old movies. A woman of great faith and perseverance, she also delighted in reading the bible and singing hymns. She was a member of Crosswalk Fellowship Church.
As a Caribbean Queen, her favorite vacation spot with the family was any beach: South Padre (Texas); Cocoa Beach, North Beach, South Beach (Florida); Magen's Bay, Secret Harbor, Coki Point (St. Thomas USVI); or Nassau Bahamas. A favorite pastime with her family was trips to Little Elm Park where they played sports, walked in the sand, fed the ducks, took walks on the trail, biked the trail, and watched fireworks during the 4th of July celebration.
Teresa was a passionate teacher who loved her students and often spent additional hours tutoring and mentoring them to be the best they could be. During her second battle with cancer, Teresa developed a strong passion for healthy living and wanted to spread the word. She began taking classes to become a Certified Natural Health Professional. When asked why she was pursuing such a certification, her answer was, "I want to help people". She was truly selfless and had a heart of gold. She would have obtained that certification later this year.
Teresa will be fondly remembered for her passion, strong will, and generosity. Her caring and loving nature will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Meion Williams; grandmother, Elma Maxim; aunt, Mary Charles; aunt, Lucy Valerie; aunt, Frederica Elize; uncle, Nelson Xavier; uncle, Lewis Maxim; and cousins - Tommy Baptiste, Hilton Bruney, Decious Valerie, and Cuthbert Valerie.
Those left to cherish precious memories include her husband, Russell Woodley; children - Russell "RJ" Woodley, Jr., Kyhlah Woodley, and Tereson Woodley; parents, Iris Esprit, Skelford Gerard Scotland and Hermina Scotland; siblings - Pearl, MarieClaire, Caren, Laura, and Jancou Moses; parents-in-law, Fillmore and Georgiana Woodley; siblings-in-law - Robert Woodley and Nicole Bradshaw; aunts - Rita, Edris, Anne, and Theresa; uncles - Desmond, Irvin, Edison, Reynold, and Eustace; as well as several nieces and nephews; cousins - Shermain, Julia, Tammy, Tony, Anita, Alicia, Heslyn, Julian, Curtis, Noel, Ken, Dionne, Steve, Beyanca, Reynold Jr., Shanqurt, Carina, Celeb, Bethany, Alisha, Deshawn, Nalda, Danny, Alda, Danely, Glenton, Canley, Annusha, Michel, Kervin, Freddie, Kerina, Mervin, Elma, Emmerson, Jefferson, Gerald, Julietta, Marie, June, Joseph, Peter, Junie, Emanuel, Cuthbert, Icema, Ennis, Kent, Ian, Sacha, Tanica, and Lola, among several others; and a host of dear colleagues and friends.
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