OBITUARY

Terri Lynn Fairbank

June 22, 1960January 6, 2019

On Sunday, January 6, 2019, Terri Fox Fairbank, beloved wife, mother, daughter, and sister, passed away after an extended illness at the age of 58 years.

A native of Winder, Georgia, Terri was a 1978 graduate of Winder Barrow High School and later graduated in 1990 from Georgia Baptist School of Nursing where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. In addition to ranking second in her class at Georgia Baptist, Terri was also the honored recipient of the distinguished Betty B. Burke Godfrey Excellence in Adult Health Nursing Award. Terri went on to work at Georgia Baptist Hospital as a nurse in the obstetrics unit. In 1994, she married David Fairbank, and together they raised two children, Kaity and Jonathan. Terri devoted herself completely to being a wife and mother - the two titles that meant the most in the world to her. She adored her family and dedicated her life to their happiness.

Terri was preceded in death by her beloved mother, Rachel Fox, and her beloved nephew, Ryan Fox. Terri will be forever remembered lovingly by her husband of 25 years, David, and their precious children, Jonathan and Kaity, by her father Jimmy Fox, and by her brother and sister in law, Eddie and Candie Fox. Terri will also be lovingly remembered by her mother in law, Jeanine Fairbank, along with brothers and sisters in law, Doug and Giselle Fairbank and Linda Fairbank.

The funeral vigil for Terri will be on Friday, January 18, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Oaklawn Cemetery Chapel, 5000 County Road 46a, Sanford. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in memory of Terri on Saturday, January 19, at 11:00 a.m., at Nativity Catholic Church, 3255 N. Ronald Reagan Blvd, Longwood. Out of town family and friends needing accommodations can make reservations at the Hyatt Place in Lake Mary (407-995-5555). The family would like to make a special request for yellow flowers to be sent as a symbol of the adoration so many had for Terri.

Services

  • Celebration Gathering Friday, January 18, 2019
  • Vigil For Terri Friday, January 18, 2019
  • Eulogists Friday, January 18, 2019
  • Remembrance Tributes Friday, January 18, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, January 19, 2019
  • Committal Saturday, January 19, 2019
REMEMBERING

Terri Lynn Fairbank

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Maura Fink

January 18, 2019

I was so sad to hear the news. What a sweet woman to be gone too soon from her loved ones. I’ll never forget the story, which I’ve told many times, that Terri told me while on the bleachers at our many baseball games. She was a chaperone for the “mud walk” and when she arrived home from the class trip, she didn’t want to get the house muddy, so Terri decided to strip down in the garage. Unbeknownst to her, Dave was in the house with a salesman of some type and she walked in through the garage wearing only her undergarments. The laughter we shared over this has been something I’ll forever cherish. May you rest in the arms of Jesus, until we meet again. Our family is so very sorry for your loss.

Sheryl Wallace

January 17, 2019

Terri was my childhood friend and neighbor, as well as Eddie. Our families spent a lot of time together. Our parents played cards together and shared many evenings together after dinner drinking coffee and having good ‘ole fun neighborly conversation. While the parents entertained themselves, so did we as children. I had a brand new little 50 Honda and I rode Terry all over our subdivision . We laughed so much and had such good times . She was always so sweet and humble and would always laugh at me for wanting to be adventurous . She would shake her head at me at times , however usually went along with my ideas. When I saw her in Orlando 4 years ago we picked up right where we left off. Even though I did not really see her through our adult life she has always remained close to my heart and every single year I remembered her June 22 birthday . I weep as I write and I’m so sad she is gone, however I have joy from our wonderful childhood memories and I am blessed to have had such sweet and fun times with her .

Scott Patrick

January 17, 2019

To the Fairbank family,

I remember Terri from high school. She was in her senior year and I was in my freshman year. Although we did not know each other, I looked up to and respected the upper classmen. Terri was, understandably, popular within the student body and stood out. She was always up-beat, positive in her perspective, and enthusiastically engaging with others. The testimonials I have read about Terri here from those who knew her well speak to these traits as well as many other remarkable traits she posessed. Occasionally, as I struggled through my algebra class, Terri would bounce in, often in a cheerleader costume to visit a teacher who was obviously beloved by her, Coach Berry. He obviously adored her as well. His face would light up as she entered and as they chatted. In watching how Terri interacted with others, I could see that she was one of those remarkable individuals whose spirit was illuminated by many of God's gifts. She lit up the room and her illuminated spirit brought light to others (especially a discouraged algebra student).
Now as Terri moves on, I know that her light continues. I know that the positive, meaningdul, and loving influence that she made in the lives of others is still felt. These treasures that she left in the hearts of so many, is the afterglow of a life beautifully lived. What a greater legacy than to return to God and leave behind embers of the light that He first placed in a worthy heart. In Terri's heartHis gifts were nurtured, they grew, and were passed on for the benefit of others. I know that God is quite pleased with Terri. Her steps along her journey while she was here with us are worthy of our attention and worthy of pondering. I'm so glad my path crossed hers.
May God bless each of you. Please know that many others remember you in your sorrow and that we will remember Terri always.
Sincerely,
Scott Patrick

Lauren Rollins

January 17, 2019

No matter how you knew Terri, she was a person you were blessed to have in your life and aspired to be like. To me, she was family, a second mother. She was the kindest, most selfless, loving, and positive person I've ever met. She always knew how to brighten up any situation and make you feel special. Going on family trips together, celebrating the holidays, and simply having family dinners together are memories that I will hold near and cherish forever. I will never stop missing Terri, but knowing she's in heaven, no longer in pain, and watching over us eases my mind a bit. My deepest condolences to Dave, Kaity, and Jonathan, I love you all very much.

Linda Fairbank

January 16, 2019

My dad had suffered a massive heart attack; and while he was in the hospital and we being unsure if he was going to make it, the Whole frazzled family was gathered surrounding his bed. I said something (non significant) that made someone question me...and I replied “Serious as a heart attack “.....Well, that may have sounded funny, at least something to relieve some week long built up tension for all....but Terri started laughing; one of those contagious laughs....it was the sweetest laugh I’ve heard to this day. The whole room laughed and laughed ...and laughed. Her laugh brought so much peace to our family. I have that sweet giggle forever stored in my ❤️ heart

Barbara Cullison

January 16, 2019

Thinking back over the years, my memories of Terri are that she was a very nice lady, pleasant and caring. Our family tradition on Christmas Eve at Kobe will always come to mind, and now, will be missed. Terri was strong and courageous while being very ill. I know she is at peace and I send my deepest sympathy to the Fairbank family with love to you all.

Isis Soto

January 16, 2019

When I first met Terri, I knew she was an exceptional lady by the way she carried herself. It was not just her outward beauty, but her brilliant soul as well. She was attentive, kind, sweet, gracious and so much more. Even in the midst of her health challenges she was the epitome of grace. Terri, you will be deeply missed!

Mark Cruz

January 15, 2019

I can only say how impressed I was with Terry and her dedication to her husband and children.

Dave you know I am right there with you. Blessings to you and your family 🙏

John Estupinan

January 15, 2019

Terry will always be remembered by our family for her hospitality, kindness and willingness to help! She was a kind soul and a loving woman that irradiated love and tenderness! The times we spent in David and Terry’s home were unforgettable, her cooking, the wine and moments shared always made us feel like we were part of the family! One trait that stands out, admirable, was the love for her children and husband, An example to follow! Rest In Peace Terry, you fought hard and gave it everything you had, time to rest by the Lord’s side! We will always love you and remember you!! On behalf of Stefano, Sophia and Ximena, thank you for the good times!! Love, John!!!! ❤️❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻

Kim Miller

January 15, 2019

Terri and I were both pregnant at our 20 year class reunion. We both got awards for being the oldest to be having babies and we both looked darn good to be about to give birth!! She was greatly loved and will never be forgotten. I know we have all prayed for her and her family and we will continue to sincerely lift her family up in prayer!! You are all greatly loved!!