Therese Marie Harlett

September 3, 1939March 4, 2013

Therese M. Harlett (nee Huddleston) of Seattle passed away on March 4, 2013, of complications related to dementia. She was 73.

Mrs. Harlett, known as Terry, was born and raised in Pasadena, CA. After graduating from Pasadena City College she became a United Airlines stewardess in 1960, which allowed her to travel the world.

It was through a fellow stewardess that Terry met John Harlett, an officer in the US Navy in Seattle. The two were married on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1963, at St. Patrick’s Church.

The navy life took John and Terry all over the country. They resided in Honolulu, HI; Monterey, CA; Corvallis, OR; Annapolis, MD; Needham, MA; and Fairfax, VA. During these years they had three daughters and many adventures. Upon John’s retirement from the navy in 1984, the family returned to the Seattle area, settling in Kirkland. John Harlett passed away in 1999.

Terry Harlett led a busy life filled with many hobbies and interests. She became a member of Toastmasters, and was a docent at the Bellevue Art Museum. She studied Mandarin Chinese and traveled numerous times to Hong Kong and China. Terry was active in the Eastside Women’s Forum, started a book club, took up cross-country skiing and swing dancing, and enjoyed being a member of St. Therese Parish in Seattle, especially because of the Gospel Choir there.

Terry was also an accomplished fine artist, with particular talents in silk screening, watercolor painting, pencil and pastel drawing, pottery and sculpture, and portraiture.

Terry Harlett is survived by her daughters, Maria Shoup, Jennifer Harlett, and Sarah Harlett; her son-in-law Michael Shoup; her granddaughter, Kathyrn Shoup; and her sister, Judy Haus.

A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, March 9 at 10:00 AM at St. Therese Parish. Flowers may be sent to 900 35th Ave., Seattle, WA, 98122. Donations may be made to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (

Funeral services provided by Acacia Memorial Park and Funeral Home. Additional information can be found at

All are welcome to sign the guestbook below.


  • Memorial Mass Saturday, March 9, 2013
  • Reception Saturday, March 9, 2013

Therese Marie Harlett

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Marilyn Ellinghusen

March 8, 2013

Not knowing this marvelous lady personally, I have heard so much about her from our extended family and all that was said was "what a delightful and happy woman! Her family trip to Yellowstone made her the talk of the vacation. Our deepest and sincerest sympathies to her lovely family. Richard and Marilyn Ellinghusen

March 8, 2013

Terry was our next door neighbor in High Woodlands. She welcomed us with a Persimmon Pudding. I had never heard of Persimmon Pudding but it was really quite tasty. We are sorry for your loss and we also will miss your mother. Olwen and Bob (Kirkland, WA)

Eva Taht

March 8, 2013

I went to St. Andrews High School together with Terry and met her once in Seattle.. I am sorry that we didn't get together afterwards. I will always remember her.

Patti Chemotti McGlasson

March 7, 2013

The last time I saw Terry was at our high school reunion cruise - Class of '58. She had so much energy and love of life. She was the only one of us who did all the sportsy excursions - canoeing, hiking, etc. A really good role model for the rest of us.

May God keep her close to his bosom.

Louise Strickland

March 7, 2013

I am privileged to have known Terry since we started first grade together! Her sister, Judy, and Mom and Dad were always kind and welcoming all the way through our High School graduation. We shared a love of world travel, and our daughter's births and progress. My favorite memory of Terry was her sense of humor. Always a proper lady, it was an entertaining challenge to reach her inner goofball! Thank you, Terry for always being a friend! Eternal Peace!