Obituary: Teresa Lynn “Terri” Wolfe Ingalls
Beloved daughter, wife, sister, mother, “grammy,” aunt, teacher, neighbor, colleague and friend
Claremont resident Teresa Lynn Wolfe Ingalls, known by all as Terri, died November 13 at the age of 62.
She was a beloved daughter, wife, sister, mother, “grammy,” aunt, teacher, neighbor, colleague, friend and so much more.
Terri was born in Pomona in 1958 to Ed and Elaine Wolfe. Beginning in her youth, she was involved with her family at Wolfe’s Market, checking, stocking shelves and most recently in the bakery, where she was known for her mint brownies.
She graduated from Claremont High School in 1976, and earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics education from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, in 1982. After graduation, she taught home economics at West Jordan Middle School in Salt Lake City.
While at BYU she met, dated, fell in love with the man who would become her husband, Mark Ingalls. They were married in 1980 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Los Angeles Temple.
“One of her greatest joys was knowing she was sealed to her family for time and all eternity,” her family observed.
After college, the couple moved to Claremont in 1983, where they raised their four children, each of whom, “felt her love and kindness frequently,” remembered her family.
She taught cooking and sewing classes to them and to the children in the area. She supported her children through all their extracurricular activities by being their taxi, attending events, and cheering them on as their biggest fan.
After her children moved out of the house, she went back to school, earning her degree as a speech language pathology assistant from Utah State University in 2014. Following graduation from USU, she went to work at Direct Therapy. She loved the children with whom she worked, calling each of them, “my little friend.”
She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in many callings in the church, and spent much of her time as a teacher for adults, youth and children throughout her life. She attended youth camps and assisted in planning activities, always helping others to focus on Christ.
“She was a knowledgeable scriptorian and loved to share her knowledge with anyone who would hear it, and she was a diligent ministering sister all her life,” her family reflected. “Terri was full of love and happiness. Her passion was spending time with her family (especially her grandkids) and serving others.”
She loved autumn, including Thanksgiving and football. She especially loved to cheer for BYU, and her favorite was the men’s volleyball team. She also loved sewing, making gifts and cooking delicious meals.
“She was always thinking of others and loved giving gifts,” her family shared. “It wasn’t uncommon to get a birthday card or gift from Terri a few months late because she had finally found where she had hidden it. She most enjoyed Disneyland, the beach, family vacations, rainstorms, and working in her yard, and playing games, especially when she was with her family and friends. She unconditionally loved all those she met and found ways to make their lives better. One winter, she went to a client’s house and they had no heat, so she bought them a large heating unit and anonymously left it on their doorstep. She touched many hearts as she, like the Savior, ‘went about doing good’ (Acts 10:38).”
She was preceded in death by her grandson, Luke Peterson, and is survived by her parents Ed and Elaine Wolfe; husband Mark; brother Tom (Shauna) Wolfe; children Alicia (David) Woolsey, Sarah (Jon) Peterson, Micah (Gerilyn) Ingalls and Andrew Ingalls; six grandchildren who love and adore her; and many extended family members who remember her fondly.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 28 in the parking lot of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 728 E. Base Line Rd., Claremont. Masks are required and social distancing will be enforced.
If you’d like to receive a link to view a live stream of the funeral service, please visit https://tinyurl.com/terrismemorial to register for the event. Her family would also like anyone who is willing to submit memories at the link listed above.