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Greenoaks Funeral Home & Greenoaks Memorial Park

9595 Florida Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA

OBITUARY

Terri Nickens Gerace

October 27, 1955January 20, 2020
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Terri Nickens Gerace, a devoted and loving wife and mom, earned her teal wings at age 64 on Monday, January 20, 2020 after a lengthy battle with a rare type of ovarian cancer called Granulosa Cell Tumor. After her diagnosis in 2012, Terri became an advocate leader with the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (OCRA) and made many trips to Washington, D.C. to work for increased funding for research and awareness. In 2014, she established a Louisiana chapter of OCRA's Survivors Teaching Students program, where she and other survivors shared their stories with third year medical students to promote awareness and early detection of the deadly disease. Terri was a native of Baton Rouge and long-time resident of Prairieville, Louisiana. A graduate of Louisiana State University, she was employed as a teacher in schools in EBR and Ascension parishes, many of those years at Lake Elementary School. Her greatest accomplishment was earning her M.Ed. degree in evening and summer classes with two children under the age of 4. She later served as a science coordinator for LaSIP Project Hands and then worked as a reading facilitator until her retirement due to her cancer diagnosis. Terri is survived by her husband Russell John Gerace, who indulged her love of travel and gardening, her sons Casey P. (Angela) Colclough of Greenwell Springs, LA, Bryan C. (Stephanie) Colclough of Denham Springs, LA, her daughter Kaitlyn C. Ervin (Matthew) of Charleston, SC, her grandchildren Brooke, Haylee, Hunter, and Rhagen Colclough and her beloved rescued Westie Bella. Terri is also survived by her sister Linda Hymel (L.J.), her sisters Alice Page and Susan Jordan, and her sister-in-law Cynthia and numerous nieces and nephews. Additional survivors include her bonus children Adam J. Gerace (Bryce) and their children Amelie and Miles, Bryan R. Gerace (Laura) and their children Zachary and Madeline, and Stephen J. Gerace (Jessie) and their son Hudson. She is also survived by the father of her children, Bryan P. Colclough. Terri treasured her children and encouraged them in all of their pursuits, be it sports, science fairs, or dance, and to their chagrin, she always made sure they did their homework. She was preceded in death by her parents Lloyd and Florette Matherne Nickens, brother Robert Nickens, mother-in-law Juanita Gerace Miller, grandparents Joseph and Margaret Stephens, Norman Nickens, and Louis and Seraphine Matherne, nephew Travis Bellue, and Nick, her impossibly mischievous Westie. Visitation will be held at Greenoaks Funeral Home on Thursday, January 23rd from 6pm - 9pm. Visitation will resume on Friday, January 24th at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in St. Amant, LA from 9:00am until Mass of Christian burial at 11:00am. Interment will immediately follow at Greenoaks Memorial Park.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, January 23, 2020
  • Visitation Friday, January 24, 2020
  • Catholic Funeral Mass Friday, January 24, 2020
  • Interment Friday, January 24, 2020

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Catharine Hogan

January 27, 2020

I am here in New Zealand, in tears having just heard of Terri's passing. I met Terri at the OCRA conference in 2019 and her beauty (inside and out) will always stay with me. As a GCT Sister she was generous, knowledgeable and positive. I wish I could have known her more but God had other plans. My heartfelt sympathy to all family and friends.

Anne Rooks

January 25, 2020

I’m so sorry to hear about Terri’s passing. I didn’t know her personally, but she was helping me to become a patient advocate for OCRA and we exchanged several emails. Us survivors vow to continue her good work in her name. Prayers to Terri’s friends and family.

Fred Pier

January 23, 2020

My sincere thoughts and prayers for Johnny, Kaitlyn and the rest of the family. I did not know Terri very long meeting her at the TEAL REVEAL FASHION SHOW in September. I attended this event with one of Terri's TEAL SISTERS. This lady is an inspiration to anyone that has met or had converstions with her. Her strength and courage she had displayed cannot be duplicated. She will be truely be missed by her immediate family as well as her TEAL family.

Anna Catherine Ferguson

January 22, 2020

I knew Terri professionally first; then, we became friends. That Terri was beautiful was evident from the moment I met her, and that outer glow was a reflection of an inner beauty, both rare and unique. Creative and passionate, with a quick intellect and a dash of humor, and committed to the learning process, she was an agent of positive change at every level. Watching her interact with teachers was such a joy, for she listened, responded, suggested, questioned—-drawing from them ideas and lesson designs beyond their own expectations. She was a mentor extraordinaire. She modeled with teachers the relationships and conversations that would transform their classrooms, meanwhile expanding their knowledge base and techniques to ensure success. She cast a beautiful light on all who were blessed to know her, and I know that heaven is the perfect place for her light to continue to shine eternally.

Nanette Koch Lamothe

January 22, 2020

Terri was a wonderful teacher and a dear friend. She always worked and played with her whole heart. Terri had a positive effect on thousands of children and adults. I had the privilege to teach with her at St. Amant Elementary and we shared membership with many other friends in our teacher philanthropy, Delta Kappa Gamma. I especially treasure memories of fun walks with Terri, her precious dog, Nick and my two dogs. She was so happy in her life with her husband, Mr. Gerace, her children and her grandchildren! We have all lost such a special person in our lives.

Janese Pugh

January 22, 2020

Words cannot express how crushed & lost I feel over the passing of my sweet friend. God brought Terri into my life when I became a Teal Sister and little did I realize the journey I was about to be on. She took me under her wing as though I had known her all my life. We enjoyed many travels to Chicago, Washington DC, Seattle & Montana and it was an honor to stand with her at the STS meetings sharing our stories. She introduced me to some amazing women that I have a special bond with. She taught us to speak out and be strong all while having the time of our lives. I grew to love her family as though they were my own relation and my heart breaks for them and the time they will miss out on by her not being there with them. They do have some amazing memories just as I and I will cherish everyone of them. Terri as you embrace in the arms of Christ I know I will see you again. Johnny, Kaitlyn, Bryan & Casey I am lifting you up in prayer as you try to move forward from here and deal with this loss. Thank you Terri for all you did for me. I love you!

Amandah Housewright

January 22, 2020

What a huge loss to the world! Thank you Lord for lending us Terri to do the amazing work that she did for ovarian cancer and support so many beautiful women. My prayers are with her family and friends that she leaves behind. Terri is no longer suffering and at peace. Give my baby a huge hug and kiss for me Terri and tell her I love her and miss her.

Carol Auer

January 22, 2020

I am one of Terri's GCT Sisters and have been blessed by Terri's life and example. Terri always was willing to help a Sister in need with an encouraging word or a thoughtful post. She was a great role model in staying positive, advocating and raising awareness for our rare cancer. Terri will be sorely missed by all who knew her. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time.

Lesley Tysoe

January 22, 2020

My deepest condolences to Terris husband and children, and all her family.

After joining GCT Survivor Sisters, Terri was always supportive and extremely knowledgeable about our condition. She helped me through situations with her advice and support. Dear Terri you will always be much loved and missed terribly. Rest In Peace our dear teal sister.

Rose Kunkemoeller

January 22, 2020

Thank you for all your work in support of GCT patients, and the fight against this disease. You will be deeply missed Terri. Our community will never forget you.

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