June 4, 1949 - July 24, 2017
Teresa Lane Alexander joined the angels on July 24, 2017, losing her battle with cancer. Teresa was born to L.D. and Lou Burns in Norman, Oklahoma on June 4, 1949. Teresa grew up in Dumas, Texas with her loving parents; a sister, Linda; and a brother, Ronnie. She loved education, politics, gardening, music, and above all, her children and grandchildren.
Teresa received her Bachelor's Degree at SWOSU in Weatherford, Oklahoma, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Social Sciences, Psychology, and Education. She traveled many states, making her final home in Hampstead, NC.
She was tough, tenacious, kind, caring, loving, empathetic, and spunky. She gave her all to those she loved and cherished.
Teresa faced many heartaches throughout her short life here on earth. She was widowed at the age of 28, with four small children, yet she stood strong and moved forward, teaching each of them how to be strong, be educated, to love, and to never give up. This became clear when her youngest son was in a car accident at the age of 15, and fought for his life every day. The strength and courage she instilled in them helped him pull through.
She is preceded in death by her mother and daddy, Lou and L.D. Burns; a brother, Ronnie Burns; a husband, Bill Foster; and grandmothers, Non Non and Mam Maw.
She is survived by her oldest daughter, Mendi Seymour-Permenter and husband, Jason; her second oldest, a son, Chris Foster; her youngest daughter and son, Sara Boucher and husband, Rodney, and Bobby Foster; her sister, Linda Robinson and husband, Randall; her pride and joy: Kenyon Gatlin, Skyler Seymour, Alecx Permenter, Sophia Boucher, Peyton Foster, and Reagan Foster; and her nieces and nephews: Matt Robinson and family, Tiffany Newcomb and family, Jackson Burns and family, and Cody Burns and family. She is also survived by her friend and caregiver of seven years, Robin Andrews, who stood by her side day by day and loved her unconditionally.
We want to thank all her friends for loving her, supporting her, and praying for her throughout her life. Just a couple of extra thank you's to: Paula Dee Cariker, LuLu Cowan, Doug Thompson, Terri Sulzberger, Joy and Gary Wilson, and everyone else who touched her life.
There will be a memorial service on September 9, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Dumas, Texas, at 10 AM to celebrate her life.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that a donation be made in her name to any of the following: Brain Injury Association of America, National Kidney Foundation, or the American Cancer Society.