Funeraria del Angel Tucson

7 East University Blvd, Tucson, AZ


Essie M. Terry

February 6, 1919January 12, 2020

Essie M. TERRY, age 100, of Tucson, Arizona passed away on Sunday January 12, 2020. Essie was born February 6, 1919.

A visitation will occur Friday, January 17, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Funeraria del Angel University, 7 East University Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85705. A funeral service will occur Friday, January 17, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 P.M. A committal service will occur Friday, January 17, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at South Lawn Cemetery, 5401 S Park Ave, Tucson, AZ 85706.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.funerariadelangeltucson.com for the TERRY family.


  • Visitation Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Committal Service Friday, January 17, 2020


Essie M. Terry

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Renée Purdie

January 16, 2020

My Mom would make sweet potato pies for Cousin Essie. After my Mom, Clara Denise Purdie (I miss you Mommy!), passed away, when I visited Cousin Essie she would say she sure missed those pies. I told her she was not going to get to talk about my pies, but I would make her some banana bread. I made it for her, but didn’t hear back for a few days and so I was alarmed because our people will definitely talk about your food if they don’t like it. But she called and said that it was pretty much gone and that she would be needing another one!

I will miss her smile, her inquisitive nature, her huge generous heart, and also her sense of humor. I remember her saying that someone had made her a sweet potato pie with more strings than pie!!

Say hi to everyone Cousin and keep a light on for us.

Yalanda Dees

January 14, 2020

I met Nana when I was 17 years old, she was always welcoming and the love and straightforwardness that she has always given was a blessing. I remember one day I went over to visit, I was around 18 years old and Nana ask me are you hungry I said no but she insisted that I eat anyway. I cannot explain the amount of food she piled on a plate and then she cut me a big slice of pie, I said this is to much and she said that's ok eat it anyway lol. As I was attempting to eat she also put on my plate a piece of pig feet and I said oh no, I'm ok trying to give it back mainly because I've never eaten one before and she insisted that I try it anyway. Well I took it apart and said I'm done and she said you didn't eat any of it, then I said there was no meat on it so she began to show me what to eat. We've always had great conversations and she always called me her good friend but to me besides that I considered her to be my grandmother as well. My family and I loved her and will greatly miss her.
Yalanda Dees