In Memoriam - Teresa A. Toomey (1951-2009)

Sunday, October 4, 2009

We just got word of Terry Toomey's passing. All of us in the dressage world who knew and loved Terry are deeply saddened at the loss of this vivacious courageous lady who brought our community great food and fashion through the business she shared with her husband Jim, Paradise Cafe, and Cowgirl in the Sand. Terry's sister Linda just sent us this e-mail ;

Terry Toomey passed peacefully on Saturday, October 3, 2009 after a long courageous battle with lung and brain cancer. She was surrounded by her husband Jim Toomey, mother Jeanne Moore, sisters Linda Schultz, Carole Nicholson, and Kathy Ouimette, niece Laura Kinney. Terry and Jim really [#25167 override="appreciated the lovely article that was written about them in August" title="appreciated the lovely article that was written about them in August"]. It did lift her spirits. Her husband and family would love for you to let her friends and anyone who knows them of her passing. Thank you for all the letters, cards, prayers, and love you gave her. Terry was very wealthy in the amount of love and care sent her way. We should all be this lucky!

Terry and Jim Toomey
887 Homestead Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040

Obituary in the Springfield Republican - Sign the Guest Book


HOLYOKE, MA  - Teresa A. (Moore) Toomey 57, of Holyoke, passed away Saturday, October 3, 2009 at home after a 3 year battle with cancer. She leaves her husband James S. Toomey who cared for her to the end. Terry was born December 13, 1951 and was the daughter of Thomas P. and Jeanne E. Moore of Wilbraham. She leaves her sisters, Linda Schultz and her husband John of Granby, Kathy Ouimette and her husband Chuck of Southampton, and Carole Nicholson and her husband Jack of Wilbraham. An aunt, Ruth Van Kleeck of Springfield, and nieces and nephews, Laura Kinney, Jack Schultz, CJ Ouimette and Kate Ouimette. Cousins Barbara and Michael Ouellette, Billy and Vivian Van Kleeck, Lisa Crowley, Kate Burdick, and Neil Van Kleeck. She also leaves her four lifelong friends who provided her much comfort, Maureen Moynihan, Nancy Smolarz, Marci Kramer and Robyn Forbes. Also her beloved dogs, Herbie and Peaches. Terry graduated from Holyoke High School in 1969 and then Springfield Technical Community College as an X-Ray Technician. She spent the majority of time tending their businesses, Cowgirl In The Sand and the Paradise Cafe, which they exhibited and catered at many local horse shows and in Wellington, Florida.

The family wishes to thank Hospice and VNA nurses Rose Ladue and Ann Culver. Donations may be made to Baystate Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, c/o Baystate Health Foundation, 280 Chestnut St., Springfield, MA 01104. The funeral will take place from the Hobert Funeral Home on Wednesday at 9:15 am with mass at Holy Cross Church at 10 am, burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Calling hours at Hobert Funeral Home are Tuesday from 4-8pm. Hobert Funeral Home 534-4535 Family Owned Since 1894 "Helping you make the right choice"