Terril “Terri” Rae Bigheart, 68, of Lowell, Indiana, died in Oklahoma City on January 1, 2018 after a short but courageous battle with cancer. Terri was born to William Bigheart Jr. and Donna Jean Young Bigheart on March 17, 1949 in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.
Terri spent her earliest years in Oklahoma and South Dakota. Her family relocated to Indiana where in the town of Hammond, Terri graduated from Bishop Noll Institute. After high school, she acquired her bachelor’s degree in Health Education from Indiana State University. In 1971, she returned to Bishop Noll Institute where she served as a teacher of health education, a coach, a sponsor, and a mentor to many. In 1973, Terri earned a master’s degree from Indiana State and continued her teaching career until she retired from Bishop Noll in 2000. She was loved and respected by many of her students whose lives she invariably touched and whom she lovingly referred to as her “kids.”
She is survived by her son, Steven Fenters and wife Andrea Fenters; grandson Michael Fenters; first cousins Sandi Harshfield Richardson and family, Daryl Harshfield and family; cousin Ed “Scurvy” Bigheart and family; aunts, uncles, numerous cousins, students, friends, and Disney family. She is preceded in death by her beloved mother and best friend Donna Jean Van Hoose, her beloved stepfather Thomas A. Van Hoose, brother Randy Bigheart, and father William Bigheart Jr.
Terri was a Disney enthusiast and a die-hard Cubs fan. She loved to travel and golf, frequently enjoying these past-times with her cousin Sandi. Terri’s warmth, quick smile, and jovial manner earned her many friends along the way, friends she considered family. She often spoke about how she loved her Bishop Noll, Southern, Disney, Indiana, Nebraska, and Oklahoma families, to name a few.
Terri was a proud member of the Osage Nation and received the name “Wah Tse Sho Nee” (Star that Travels), a name that suits her enthusiastic and adventurous spirit. In recent years, she reconnected with her Bigheart family with whom she spent the final weeks of her life. She was excited to connect with this family who quickly realized how special she was and felt like her presence was an immeasurable blessing. She added laughter, wisdom, and joy to this family, and they are each grateful for the time they were able to spend with her.
Terri will be greatly missed by all of her families.
A service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, followed by a graveside service at the Pawhuska City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, January 8 at the Kendrick McCartney Johnson Funeral Home, Pawhuska.
Kendrick McCartney Johnson Funeral Home
Original Publish Date: 2018-01-05 00:00:00