April 7, 1963 – November 24, 2019
Our loving daughter, sister, auntie, mother, wife, grandma and friend left us on November 24, 2019 after a brief illness and went home to our Heavenly Father. Teresa was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 7, 1963 to Susan Johnson and David James Sr.
She was a resident of Herriman until the 6th grade, when the family moved to Kearns. She lived in Salt Lake for many years and worked at Wave Products for 25 years. She was an excellent seamstress for Wave Products sewing outdoor recreational bags and gear while raising her only son, Michael. Teresa and her husband, Richie, would later become residents of Pocatello, Idaho to be closer to her son and grandchildren: Talon and Alissa.
Teresa enjoyed the summers being outdoors camping and fishing with her family. She also loved music and making friends wherever she went. She loved taking care of her grandchildren; so much so, that she chauffeured them to and from school every day. She taught them how to play card games and they played every change they got. Teresa had a very special bond with her grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her father, David James Sr., her brothers: Floyd James, David James Jr., Robbie James, Delbert James; and a daughter-in-law, Jessica Baker.
She is survived by her husband, Richie Santistevan; son, Michael Santistevan and his father, John Santistevan; grandchildren, Talon and Alissa Santistevan; mother, Susan James; sisters, Joni (Kevin) Briggs, Toni (Gaspar) Irizarry, Denise James, Shannon (Mike) Nagel-Newton, Anissa (Joe) Manzanares, Selis (Albert) Dixey-Blackmon and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the medical staff at the University of Utah Medical Center and Protneuf Medical Center of Pocatello, Idaho.
A viewing will be Sunday, December 1, 2019 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm with a Vigil Service at 7:00 pm at Valley View Funeral Home, 4335 West 4100 South, West Valley City, Utah. A Funeral Mass in honor of Teresa will be Monday, December 2, 2019, 11:00 am at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 4501 West 5215 South, Kearns, Utah. Interment will follow services at the Herriman City Cemetery, 12465 S. Pioneer Street (6000 W.), Herriman, Utah.
- Viewing Sunday, December 1, 2019
- Funeral Service Monday, December 2, 2019
December 8, 2019
I live next door to Teresa. We enjoyed sitting out on our steps visiting, and sharing much laughter, for almost three years. When I had to leave town, she would watch my place. Her life centered around her husband, son and her two loving grandchildren. I sensed how much she cared and loved them during our gab sessions. She was a very outgoing person. I miss our visits. Marsha