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Teresa M. (Haan) Timmons
(October 4, 1915 - June 4, 2019)
Resthave Care & Rehabilitation
408 Maple Avenue
Morrison, Illinois 61270

Mrs. Teresa (Haan) Timmons was born October 4, 1915, in Garden Plain, IL, to Margaret (Jaarsma) Haan and Peter H. Haan. She had three brothers, Alan, Louis, and Henry, and a sister, Alta Mae. Teresa's father, Peter Henry Haan, was born in Holland. He came to the US when he was only 1-1/2 years old and settled with this family in the Garden Plain area. Teresa's mother, Margaret (Jaarsma) Haan, was born in Maryland. After their marriage, they farmed in the Garden Plain area where Teresa was born.

Teresa attended the Garden Plain and Lockhart schools and graduated from the 8th grade in 1929. She often commented about her long walks to school, even trudging through snow drifts. Teresa loved working alongside her parents at the farm, but after graduating, she worked at Schall Hutchinson Candy Co., Rich's Toy Factory, S&H Green Stamp store, and Nielson's Coupon Clearing House in Clinton, IA.

Teresa met her future husband, Frank Timmons, at Trinity Reformed Church in Fulton where she played piano. Frank was a good friend of her brother, Louis. Soon they were married at Second Reformed Church parsonage on August 1, 1935 by Reverend G. VanderLinden. They were attended by Louis Haan, Teresa's brother, and Eva Green, Frank's step-sister and Teresa's friend. The reception was held at Teresa's parents' home in Garden Plain. They borrowed a car for their honeymoon to Wisconsin and had a happy marriage for 60 years until Frank's death on September 30, 1995.

Teresa's faith was important to her. In her early years, she was an active member of Second Reformed Church and then as a teen at Trinity Reformed Church in Fulton. She was received by letter from Trinity into full membership in the First Presbyterian Church in Fulton on December 30, 1935 by Pastor Joneo Earl Corwin and S. J. McGullagh, Clerk. After marrying Frank and moving to Clinton, they became charter members of Community Reformed Church. Teresa and her husband retired in Morrison, IL, and became faithful members of Ebenezer Reformed Church. Teresa loved to share her talents in fellowship with her church community by participating in ladies' and couples' church groups, playing the piano/organ for her husband's solos, and singing in the church choir.

During their retirement, Frank and Teresa loved wintering in Florida (near their son, "Butch") in their sleek Airstream trailer with their beloved dog, Paco. She and Frank spent their days relaxing with friends, grilling, sunbathing, and listening to their "Cubbies" play ball. (She only had to wait 101 years to see them finally win the World Series!)

Teresa kept busy with hobbies like crewel needle work, sewing, word searches, card club, Canasta, Dominoes and playing her piano. If she had spoken Spanish, she would have no doubt been an avid tele-novella watcher – she loved all the "Soaps." She also enjoyed morning devotions and visits from church members, family, and friends. Teresa savored her weekly salon visits. She was a subtle, classy lady. Before any event, she made certain that she was fashionably dressed with matching earrings, necklace, and pocketbook. Her nail polish could only be light pink or neutral because anything else was "too bold" or "scandalous" for her liking. Her granddaughters loved her feminine signature perfume scent, White Shoulders. She was healthy and fit all her life, which may be attributed to the fact that she walked almost everywhere she went in penny loafers or "tennies." Although she never learned to drive, she was a whiz with the bus schedule, and managed get wherever she needed to go by bus or catching a ride with friends or family.

Teresa had a way of always making people feel loved and important. She gathered her family for meals of pot roast, potatoes, and her famous green Jell-O salad with marshmallows. Her favorite things to eat were eggs benedict, dark chocolate covered cherries, and hot black coffee whenever she could get it. Never did she miss important events, birthdays or anniversaries; always remembering those she loved with a card or a call. Her granddaughters were a priority - she never hesitated to set aside work for a moment of play. Candyland, Uno, and Yahtzee were favorite past-times with the kids. She could easily chat for hours on the phone, especially with her sister, Alta Mae. She was always interested in family and often asked, "What's new?" She listened carefully to every word, staying up to date on her grandchildren's' and later, her great-grand children's lives.

Phrases that barely begin to describe Teresa are: wonderful loving daughter, hard worker, genuine friend, devoted wife, caring mother, dear sister, doting grandmother, very proud great-grandmother and faithful servant of the Lord. Teresa was preceded in death by her parents, infant grandson (Daniel Lee), husband, and siblings. Teresa will be remembered with love by her surviving family: children Mrs. Marla (Roger) Buikema of Morrison, IL and Mr. L. Frank (Leah) Timmons of Jacksonville, FL; In-Laws, Paul Timmons of Rockfalls, IL and Carmel Henderson, of Rockfalls, IL; nieces and nephews, Linda Haan of Sacramento, CA, Peter Haan of CA, Beth (Robert) Fuller of Silvis, IL, Ron (Suzy) Timmons of Rockfalls, IL, Jean-Ann Wilson; grandchildren Mrs. Krista (Paul) Ritsema of Leesburg, VA, Ms. Jana Ortíz of Union, NJ, Mrs. Kim (Steven) Moran of Jacksonville, FL, Walker Allen of FL, and Mrs. Heather (Giovanni) Díaz-Coñrado of Flower Mound, TX; and great-grandchildren, Ms. Hannah Ritsema of VA, Mr. Nathaniel Ritsema of CA, Ms. Maya Díaz-Buikema of TX, and Ms. Ava Díaz-Buikema of TX.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Friday, June 7, 2019 at Resthave Nursing Home in Morrison with Reverend Ken Zuithoff officiating. Burial will follow at 2:00 PM at the Fulton Township Cemetery, Fulton. Arrangements were completed by the McDonald Funeral Home in Fulton.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to Resthave Nursing Home.
Online condolences may be sent to www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com