Ted Dickey West Funeral Home

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Teresa LaDawn Tanner-Arnold

September 22, 1962February 8, 2020

Teresa LaDawn Tanner-Arnold, 57, of Plano, Texas passed away on Saturday, February 8, 2020. She was born September 22, 1962 in Hurst, Texas to Don Cecil Tanner and Pearl Colleene Turner.

Teresa grew up in Plano, Texas and graduated from Plano Senior High School in 1981—Go Wildcats! She went on to work at Geico Insurance, first in customer service and then in underwriting, for 31 years. She was known by many different nicknames—"T" by her sister Sheila, "Ta-REE-Sa" by her other sister Roxana, "Trixie" by her great grandfather, and famously, "Sh*t-heel" by her grandmother. Teresa will always be remembered for her strong devotion to family and close friends, her soft heart, being a role model to her baby sister, a champion for others, and a sacrificial mom. She also loved the color red, preferred four paws to two feet, was a relentless flirt, and sarcastic to a fault, with her big hair and big mouth.

Teresa enjoyed cross stitching, decorating cakes, dancing, and setting out on the road in her truck or on the back of a Harley. She could always be found listening to her favorite singers, Elvis and George Strait. She was also a longtime fan of the television show, Dallas, and any movie with Katherine Hepburn in it. Some of her best memories were her riding on the lake with her dog, Ewok, or cruising some bars with friends.

Teresa is preceded in death by both of her parents, Don and Colleene, and her beloved husband Kenneth Wayne. She is survived by her son, David Nixon of Fort Worth, TX; her two sisters, Sheila Tanner of Atlanta, GA and Roxana Morriss and her husband, Shane of Denver, CO; an extensive family back in Illinois; and the pups, Honey and Zoey.

A time of remembrance honoring Teresa will be held Thursday, February 13, 2020 from 4:00-6:00 PM at Love & War in Texas, 601 E Plano Parkway, Plano, TX 75074.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.teddickeywestfuneral.com for the Tanner-Arnold family. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations instead, to be made onTeresa’s behalf, to the American Cancer Society or the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.teddickeywestfuneral.com for the Tanner-Arnold family.


Teresa LaDawn Tanner-Arnold

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Garnet Odom

February 15, 2020

My condolences to the Tanner family. I went to school with Teresa's sister Roxana. I don't have any memories to share but know that their family unit was important to them. God Bless.

Sherunda Nolen

February 14, 2020

Sorry to hear of the passing of Teresa. I worked with her in underwriting for many years. She was so nice and kind. My fondest memory of her was when she offered to bake me my favorite cake (Lemon cake) for my birthday. She used to always bake cakes and bring to work for us to enjoy.

Jenifer Day

February 13, 2020

You were the life of the party tonight💕
You were watching over and happy. You wouldn’t want sadness you stubborn red. We did shed tears but lots of laughs, beverages and friendship
New friendships made tonite.
Thank YOU Teresa for being YOU.

David Tucker

February 13, 2020

Teresa is/was a person if you really knew her you will love her forever no matter what !!!
Always loved you Sweet T.!!!

Sam and Devon Hodge

February 13, 2020

My husband and I both had the pleasure of working with Teresa, and had the honor to have our chops busted by her on a regular basis.
Teresa was fiery and strong - never afraid to share her well thought out opinions to the people who needed to hear them.
When I (Devon) first started to work with Teresa she immediately took me under her wing and gave me all the advice a new recruit to the department should hear. Teresa would encourage me to ask questions until I felt like I understood what I needed to do - only occasionally giving me tough love when she could tell I was asking questions I already knew the answer to.
She was honest, kind, hardworking, and she held everyone to those same standards.
Teresa was one of a kind, and will be missed dearly by everyone who knew her.

Linda (Buschner) McDonald-Hayward

February 12, 2020

Teresa was a wonderful person! We had a great senior year together in JROTC. I hope that she's resting peacefully. I pray for peace and strength for her family.

Roy Adkins

February 12, 2020

We were deeply saddened to hear of Teresa's passing. She is someone we will never forget.

Sadiyyah Govan

February 12, 2020

To David And Family
David we never met but I spoke with you at the Hospital but I hear so much about you it was if we all knew you I'm so sorry for your lost just so you Know You were Her Greatest Joy My Prayers are with you and your Family ...

Sadiyyah Govan

February 12, 2020

Hello to the Family
My memory of Teresa Was I worked with her and she was my trainer Guys I have to tell you I thought I was in the Army that women was So hard on me seem as if I couldn't get anything right she was always upset with me But at the end I learn what I needed and ran Lol!! but she did help me a lot And the after the War of training was over we form a Bond the Lost of our Husbands and that's when we had a mutual bond we became close always consoling each other then I saw Teresa as a caring person But still A Spit Fire So I'll say Good bye I know your with your Love Now Thanks for everything Rest in Peace Girl You will always be in my Prayers Miss You!!

Marty Martinez

February 12, 2020

Sorry to hear of Teresas passing. I was an old friend of Roxanne and her sister in high school. Prayer to family and especially Roxanne. Hope your well Roxanne.