Mountain Road

Teresa Dawn Stephenson

November 9, 1957 ~ February 20, 2024 (age 66) 66 Years Old


My beautiful wife and best friend, Teresa Dawn Stephenson-Brown, passed away on February 20, 2024 at our home in Boise, ID. She fought a long and very courageous battle against the effects of Covid but in the end she was unable to overcome the virus. Teresa was born in Medford, Oregon on November 9, 1957 to Lawrence Kenneth and Dorma Jean (Cusik) Ryden. She lived her early life with her loving family in Medford until early adulthood when she hit the road for adventure.

Teresa (Teba) had an amazing life. She lived at various times in her early adult life in Portland, OR and Houston, TX. However, when she moved to Colorado in 1981 her life really took flight. She worked a number of jobs in the service industry then worked and skied two seasons in Vail, CO where she became a very good skier. She loved the mountain life in Colorado and that was her time to live it fully. After the 2 seasons in Vail Teba decided to move down to Denver to live a more "normal" life. She took a job with Dr. Jeff Collins at his orthodontic practice, Parker Orthodontics. Teresa worked at the office for the next 27 years with Dr. Jeff building the practice and their relationship was more sister-brother than boss-employee. She filled many positions at the office and developed warm and meaningful relationships with her co-workers. She was one of the most recognizable and welcoming faces of the practice. She retired in 2017 and moved joyfully into the next phase of her life.

Teresa and I met on August 30, 1996, at the Columbine Mill Restaurant. A quick conversation was followed by our first dance party to the one-man band in the bar. The look on T's face when she asked me to dance, and I said yes, was perfect. From that point forward the dancing and celebration of life never stopped. Our relationship quickly grew, and Teresa immediately began building a connection with my kids, Nicky and Travis. The word "step" was never used when the kids talked about T or she about them. We bonded as a family and shared many adventures. At this point T and I weren't married. She felt that we should provide good guidance to the kids, so we began discussing marriage. I enthusiastically embraced the idea and began planning to propose to her. We were on a trip to the Oregon Coast, in particular the Honeyman Dunes, which is one of T's favorite places on the coast. I asked Nicky and Travis if they were OK with me proposing to T. They said yes. We got to the dunes and the kids ran down to the ocean while I got down on my knees and asked T to marry me while the sun set. She said yes. We were married in an alpine meadow outside of Fairplay, Colorado at 9,000 feet on July 1, 2000. It was a festive three day celebration that included live music, dancing, a pig roast, and of course the wedding. It was attended by 75 of our closest friends. That was another milestone in a life filled with them. After our wedding we spent the next 18 years in Denver enjoying all the facets of the area and the world. We traveled to over 40 countries over that time. In 2018 I retired, and we made the decision to sell most of our house furnishings, put the remainder in storage, and head out on a six month adventure around the US and Western Europe. During the time in the US, we spent time in the mountains, visited friends all over the lower 48, and as one of the highlights of the trip, traveled the Blues Highway to listen to amazing music and dance our way through the South. Highlights of that trip up Highway 61 included a great visit with new friends in Clarksdale, Mississippi and a concert in the Cumberland Caverns in Tennessee.

In August of 2018 we took flight for an 89-day adventure in Europe. We started in Iceland and over the next three months traveled through the following countries: Iceland, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Corsica, France, Andorra, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Germany, England, Ireland, and Wales. T loved to drive, and she was behind the wheel of our rental car for the majority of the miles we traveled. We came back to the US in November 2018 and began to gather things together for our move to Boise, ID. T and I found an amazing house in Boise that became the new version of the Brown-Stephenson BnB. We loved our life together in Idaho and we explored as much of the state and the surrounding states as we could over the coming years. Frequent visits to the Oregon Coast, San Diego, Yellowstone National Park, Teton National Park, and Jackson Hole were highlights.

One of Teresa's greatest joys in life was to become a grandmother. She adored her three grandchildren: Elliott, Jocelyn, and Rylan Scarpello. Those three filled T's life with love and laughter. For someone who never wanted kids or grandkids, she was a natural at filling that role. Teresa lived every day of her life with the goal of enjoying the day, putting love into the world and taking care of those she loved. Her loss has been devastating to everyone she touched. The lines below from the song "They Don't Make Them Like You Anymore" ring true.

They don't make them like you anymore,
That's for sure,
And when they made you,
They made sure they threw away the mold.

T's passing will leave a huge hole in the hearts and lives of everyone she knew. Her beauty, strength, kindness, generosity, and compassion will be missed every day. The Brown family sends their love and thanks to all who have reached out. Your support means the world to us all and is helping us to make our way from day to day.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to a food program for children in your community. Teba hated the fact that in the USA, one of the richest countries in the world, there are children who do not have enough to eat on a daily basis. T donated on a regular basis to support the summer backpack program which provides food to kids during the summer when school is no longer in session. She sends her love and thanks for anything you can do for the kids.

A celebration of life will be held on June 15, 2024 at the Overlook Club House at Sterling Ranch, CO 80125. Please be prepared to cry, laugh, and share stories of life with Teba. The event will run from 2-6 PM.


Celebration Of Life
June 15, 2024

2:00 PM
Overlook Club House
7853 Pinery River Ave.
Littleton, CO 80125


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