In Memory

Terry Steer (Steer)


Terry Joan Steer made her transition into light on October 13, 2017, after a struggle with pancreatic cancer. Encouraged by peacemaking parents, her passion was supporting liberal ideals such as peace, justice, and understanding. She worked especially diligently for better communication among different faiths, by serving on the Planning Committee of Voices of Faith, a community-based organization that serves to promote dialogue among people of different faiths in the Roanoke Valley, and was a friend to the gay community.

Born in Chester, PA, on March 26, 1948, Terry attended schools in Westchester County, NY, and graduated with an AA degree from Westchester Community College in Valhalla, NY. Terry worked predominantly with nonprofit organizations and retired from the American Red Cross in 2014. A cradle United Methodist and longtime Episcopalian, she served on various committees at Christ Episcopal Church, including a term on the Vestry and many years as a delegate to the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia Annual Convention, the Diocesan Global Goals Committee, and was a former board member and consistent supporter of the Phoebe Needles Center.

Predeceased by her parents, Marjorie and Philip Steer, and stepmother, Mary Kruse Steer, she is survived by her sister, Judy Steer of Louisville, KY, and stepbrother, Duncan Kruse (Alison), Brooklyn, NY. She is sorely missed by them and the Barbour family (Barbara, Dennis, Liz, and Sarah), Virginia Burchett, “brother” Terry Steer (Sandy), as well as her Christ Episcopal Church family, and the broader interfaith community of Roanoke, especially the devoted Women's Faith Club of Hindu, Christian, Muslim, and Jewish friends.


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10/20/17 04:57 PM #1    

Bonnie Stone

I didn't know Terry but I remember seeing her in school. She seemed very sweet and always had a smile on her face. I'm so sorry for her loss. May she rest in peace and her memory be a blessing. My condolences to her family and friends. 

10/20/17 06:41 PM #2    

Jo-Ann Nelson (Dierks)

Terry attended school in Boston. Since I was interested in Boston, we took a trip together our senior year to check out the city. We stayed at a YWCA and her uncle watched over us - took us to dinner and gave us a tour of the city. We stayed in touch our freshman year in Boston - Terry even fixed me up with her boyfriend's room mate who I dated for several months. We actually double dated many times. We lost touch and Terry came back into my life - without her knowing it - when I met my future husband 7 or 8 years later. On our first date, where you got to know each other live, not on the Internet, we did the usual routine: where did you go to school? Boston, well, we both did. He seemed so familiar. Why? Because he was Terry's boyfriend who fixed me up with his room mate! Peter, who when he was dating Terry, was definitely not my type, was now my type! I made many attempts to connect with Terry and It didn't happen until a few years ago on the Roosevelt High School reunion web site. We then connected on Facebook and we were able to catch up. Peter had transitioned, ( I love that phrase) and so did Charlie, his room mate I had dated. I learned of Terry's work with the Red Cross. I loved following Terry on Face Book - to see her compationate life. And to see the Episcopal church was as progressive (I was going to say liberal) as the United Church of Christ. Thank you Judy (Terry's sister) for sharing on Face Book.

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