Teresa Lynn Gonzales (née Giles) died peacefully at home after a battle with cancer on January 19, 2019 in Malaga, WA at the age of 60.
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Teresa is survived by her devoted and loving husband of 42 years, Alex Gonzales; Daughter, Shannon Gonzales (Lantana, TX); Son, Damon Gonzales, (Bothell, WA); Father, Homer Giles (Bertha) (Burley, ID); Step Father, Bill Armstrong (Rupert, ID); Sister, Nancy Borchardt (Michael); Brother, Robert Giles (Bonnie); Brother, Rick Giles (Janelle); Other extended family too numerous to name. She also leaves behind her dog, Tripper. She is preceded in death by her Paternal grandparents, Dean Giles and Ellen Schmidt; Maternal grandparents, Emory Orville Anderson and Ann Callahan; Mother, Kathryn (Katie) Armstrong.
Teresa was born on January 9, 1959 in Spokane, WA to Homer Dean Giles and the late Kathryn Eileen Giles Armstrong (née Anderson). She graduated from Minico HS in Rupert, ID in 1977, and later in life, Wenatchee Valley College in 2000 with a degree in Computer Applications. She married Alex Gonzales, the love of her life, in 1976. Over 2 and a half years, the couple welcomed 2 children into their family, Shannon and Damon. Her children remember her as a kind, gentle, patient, loving, driven and devoted mother who encouraged them to work hard and pursue their goals.
A celebration of life service will be scheduled at a future date to be held in Idaho. In lieu of flowers, please donate to someone you may know who is facing cancer, or to a cancer related charity. To view a longer form statement of life, to leave a condolence message, or to share stories about Teresa, please visit www.HeritageMemorialChapel.com (if you are unable to find a Tribute page for Teresa at the site, please check again in a few days to allow time for it to be setup).
The family would like to thank Homer Giles, Nancy Borchardt, Crystal Turner, Lorraine, Steve and Calvin Amen and Janet Gonzalez for staying with the family over the last several months and helping to care for Teresa. They would also like to thank their wonderful neighbors for the many meals they provided.