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Garner Funeral Service

10 Lawrence Ave, Potsdam, NY

OBITUARY

Terrie L. Campbell-Mahmoodi

July 30, 1961November 15, 2019
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Calling hours for Terrie Campbell-Mahmoodi, 58, of Hannawa Falls, NY will be held on Friday, November 22, 2019 from 3-5 p.m. at Garner Funeral Service (10 Lawrence Ave., Potsdam, NY) followed by a celebration of life service from 5-5:30 p.m. at the same location with Rev. Rob Shirmer officiating. Memories and condolences may also be shared online at www.garnerfh.com. Terrie passed away peacefully on Friday, November 15, 2019 at home, after a courageous 14-month battle with cancer, with her loving family by her side.

She is survived by her husband of over 33 years Farzad Mahmoodi, daughter Taranae of Philadelphia, PA, son Arian of Los Angeles, CA, sister Sheri Dardis of Waseca, MN, father and mother-in-law, Ali and Minoo Mahmoodi of Carlsbad, CA, sister and brother-in-law, Farnaz and Kazem Zomorrodian of Carlsbad, CA, 4 half-sisters, 2 half-brothers, and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Terrie was predeceased by her mother Arlene (Baade) Campbell, father Terry Pankonen, step- father William Campbell, brother Ty Campbell, and brother-in-law Dale Dardis.

Terrie was born in Pierre, South Dakota to Arlene (Baade) Campbell and Terry Pankonen. She graduated from Fort Pierre High School and went on to continue her education at the University of Minnesota at Morris, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services.

Before moving to Potsdam, Terrie lived in Minneapolis, MN and Seattle, WA for several years and held a variety of positions at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Safeco Title Insurance Co., Seattle, WA, and Powers Dry Goods Co., Minneapolis, MN. In Potsdam she was the owner and instructor of Kumon Math & Reading Center, as well as the General Manager for her son’s various business ventures. Terrie was an active member of the Clarkson Club for several years and served a term as its President. She was also an active member of the Antique Group of the Clarkson Club. Terrie loved spending time with family and friends, as well as enjoyed traveling and learning about different cultures, collecting antiques, creating floral arrangements and participating in a variety of exercise classes. She was known to be very caring, positive and kind-hearted, always willing to help others and brighten the lives of those around her.

Memorial contributions can be made in her memory to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

Services

  • Calling Hours Friday, November 22, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Friday, November 22, 2019

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Datis Alaee

November 22, 2019

Dearest Farzad, Taranae & Arian

As the first American member of our extended family, Terrie was such a uniquely kind, gentle, cheerful, fun and generous soul for me to interact with upon our first meeting that the experience has never left me all these years since (I can still hear her voice answering the phone when I used to call Farzad) and so it was with quite a heartbreaking shock that my own American wife, Lea and I received the tragic news of Terrie's passing. Please accept our deepest heartfelt condolences and sympathies for the loss of your beloved wife and mother.

You all know how instrumental Terrie was in the process of first hand evaluation of Lea for my parents. Farzad and Terrie's positive impressions of how we interacted with them marked the turning of the tide of how my parents began to accept us as a couple before we got married so you guys were the pioneers whose footsteps we followed and thus we owe an eternal debt of gratitude to Terrie and Farzad for that.

Lea told me how nice it was to have another compatriot in the family at that time that she could ask the essential questions from and the same was true for me to ask "other", non-family related questions from so Terrie became a safe nexus of information for the both of us.

Terrie introduced me to many different things after our first meeting back in the summer of 1990, just after Taranae was born. Isn't it interesting that one of those was the music of HEART? I Still listen to Heart and every time I do, I am reminded of my time with Terrie. Thank you, you Beautiful Soul. You will be so sorely missed. Our world is lessened by your absence but you shall live on in our Hearts for as long as we live. May you rest in peace, surrounded by Love & Light.

A donation to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network has been made in Terrie's memory.

Farzad, Taranae and Arian, we love you and our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Very Sincerely,

Datis & Lea Alaee

Augustine Lado

November 22, 2019

Dear Farzad, Teranae and Arian,

Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss! We share in the memory of Terrie for kindness, love and gentleness of heart. May you find all the strength and comfort to pull through this difficult time. Keeping you in our thoughts.

Yengi & Augustine

Mosh Farokhi

November 20, 2019

Dear Farzad, Taranae and Aryan,
I am so sorry for your loss. Terrie was an unbelievable friend to me and was always in my thoughts. I share your loss.

Suzanne Smith

November 19, 2019

To Farzad, Taranae and Arian,

Please accept our family’s deepest condolences. I had the pleasure of getting to know Terrie through Kumon when I signed our sons up for the program a number of years ago. We were the same age, had children the same age (Arian and Frances were friendly and in the same class in school) and we both came to the area as trailing spouses of professor-husbands – so we occasionally swapped stories; there was a recognition between us. Terrie was a very friendly, very positive and open person.

We are deeply saddened for you and the rest of her family. She will truly be missed in the Clarkson and Potsdam communities in which she involved herself in so many different ways over the years.

With kindest thoughts and deepest regrets,
Suzanne Smith & Geoffrey Clark
and our children

Candy Hutcheson Gandy

November 18, 2019

Terre was a dear friend during our high school years. I will never forget our many “girl talks.” Filled with compassion and wisdom, she Faalways knew the right thing to say. Terrie always found a way to stay in touch. We may not have connected often, but when we did, it was as if there had been no years between us. She will always be known for her precious spirit and kind heart. Terrie, you will be truly missed. Prayers for her family as you are going through this difficult time.

Adrienne Hartman

November 18, 2019

Farzad, Taranae, and Arian,

Mark and I are more sorry than we can say. Terrie was such a kind, warm, funny, interesting woman, and we are so sorry that you have suffered such a loss, and that your family has gone through such upheaval. You are in our thoughts and hearts.

A donation has been made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in memory of Terrie.

Much love,
Adrienne and Mark Hartman

Santosh Mahapatra

November 18, 2019

Dear Farzad, Taranae and Arian,

Lipi and I are so sad to hear the devastating news. Terrie was such a graceful person.

Farzad, you and Terrie made us feel so comfortable when we came to Potsdam the first time. We had the opportunity to meet with her a few times. Her kind words, endearing smile and openness of mind in every interaction were difficult to forget. Her special interest in promoting mathematical ability of young children in Potsdam community was so touching. She was Hari's first math teacher. Hari was heartbroken to know about the loss. He still remembers Terrie’s care and attention to his interests and her affection to little Paris.

Lipi and I always admire the beauty of her character when we see Taranae and Arian. She was certainly an inspiring mother.

It is difficult to comprehend the void that you are experiencing with her loss.

We pray Almighty to give you the strength to live through this difficult time and keep her tender soul in eternal peace.

Santosh and Lipi

Julie Leonard

November 18, 2019

Dear Farzad, Taranae and Arian,

Words can not begin to describe how sad we are at the loss of your wife, mom and our friend. Our hearts grieve with you. We loved your mom! She was gentle and kind, exceedingly kind. She was strong! Stronger than you will probably ever know. She loved her family fiercely. She was proud of each of you—Farzad, for your intelligence and ability to impart your wisdom to so many fortunate students, Taranae and Arian, for both of your kind natures, intelligence, accomplishments and beauty (inside and out). She would always share pictures of you and and tell us what each of you were doing and where you were living. We parents love doing this. We love hearing about each others’ families and sharing our challenges and our victories. It’s really special when you’ve known each others’ children when they were young and have seen them blossom into adults. She loved her cats and dog, Paris. They brought her so much joy and love. Animals are amazing in this way.
Terrie was a lady in the truest sense. She loved her formal teas and dinner parties. She loved antiques, crystal and fine china. She loved Versailles and all of the beautiful and ornate palaces and museums of her travels. She loved her Zoomba classes! She was a fabulous Kumon teacher to Elwood and Elizabeth! This is how we came to know Terrie and her wonderful family!

Being new in a small community can be very challenging. However, it’s the people who make it wonderful and welcoming. Terrie was one of those people. She welcomed our family (and others) and made it wonderful. She was wonderful. She touched so many lives and spread her love, light, joy and quiet fortitude.
We will miss Terrie but know her spirit lives on and the love she showed so many will never end. Heaven has gained an angel.
Farzad, Taranae and Arian, please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. With love, Julie, Skip, Elwood & Elizabeth Leonard

Todd McGough

November 18, 2019

Terrie was always very sweet and very kind, my memories of her will always be fond

Goodarz Ahmadi

November 17, 2019

Dear Farzad, Taranae, and Arian:
Please accept my heartfelt condolences and deep sympathy for the loss of dear Terrie. She was the most wonderful, cheerful and loving person that always brought up respect and affection from everyone. She is sourly missed. You are in my thought and I pray for you.

Goodarz

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