Althea Priscila Flowers Terry was born May 21, 1947 to Urilla Westby and George Gillett of Crooked Tree Village, Belize, Central America. She was the third of five siblings from that union, she also had three half brothers the late Edwin, Levi, and Raymond Gillett of Crooked Tree Village.
Althea graduated from Crooked Tree Government School. Unfortunately, she did not get the opportunity to attend high school. However, that did not stop her from striving to become the best godly woman, wife, and mother for her family. Althea was inspired and motivated to learn to sew, she made her own curtains and played the keyboard. As a child growing up, she attended the Nazarene Church on a weekly basis with her parents and siblings. She and her sister Keturah grew up singing together every night on the verandah as their Dad played the guitar. They also sang duets in the church often. She carried out her passion for music and practicing her keyboard, and making her curtains until the time of her passing.
Althea and her late husband Alvar Flowers met at the Church she attended and from that union were born 10 children all of the country of Belize.
Then one day, many years later, while outside in her yard, came strolling by this man who would become her husband. George Terry was immediately struck “love at first sight” by Althea’s graceful smile and knew right then that she would “his” bride. Shortly thereafter, they were engaged in a long-distance relationship and it would not be long before they realized that they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. Six months later, Althea migrated to Waco. Althea and George got married and were inseparable for the next 15 years of their lives, until the time of her passing.
She loved her husband so much and would always tell people how she found herself falling deeper into love with him every passing day. Like many other women, her wish was to marry a man who reminded her of her own father. Well, Althea did just that; she married a man named George! So, every time she said his name, she remembered her father.
Althea’s favorite pastime was singing, listening to her favorite gospel music by the Gaither Gospel Band, and others. She and her hubby would spend lots of quality time together picking and shelling pecans. In their minds, they had their own little “Terry’s Charity Pecan Factory,” whereby they would pick pecans by the bucket full, then sit alongside each other breaking, shelling, and bagging them to give away to as many family members, friends, neighbors, and anyone else who would accept some pecans. They found such JOY in their ministry of sharing pecans with others.
She was a humble, soft-spoken, easy-going, loving, and forgiving individual. She strongly believed in the Word of God, and by the grace of God, she lived her life to please her Father in heaven. Her motto was to “love everyone because they are all God’s children and God commands us to love and forgive one another.” And she walked out “the talk!” of her profession of Faith.
Althea is preceded in death by her parents, Urilla Westby and George Gillett; son, Darryl Flowers; half brothers, Edwin, Levi and Raymond Gillett, stepdaughter, Sherrain Joseph; grandson, Stephen Diaz Jr., three aunts and two uncles.
She leaves to cherish her memory: her beloved husband, George Terry; her children, Steve Flowers (Sharlene), Anthony Flowers (Phillipa), Vernon Kent Flowers (Yahaira), Kerian Flowers (Marcella), Martha Rhaburn (Mario), Elena Diaz (Nerume), Eustace, Ruth, and Priscilla Flowers all residing in Belize, and a cherished granddaughter, Sherilee Rhaburn of Killeen, Texas; siblings, Kathleen Crawford and George Gillett of Crooked Tree Village, Keturah Gillett and Christopher Gillett of Los Angeles California; five stepchildren, Mark Terry (Yvette), Dwaine Terry (Maurion), Kevin Terry (Sylvia) and Jennifer Ockleberry (Stan), 63 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Althea will forever be missed but will live on in our hearts.
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