Teri Yamada


Teri Yamada passed away on Monday, June 14, 2010 in Seattle, Washington, at 50 years young.  A long-time Sammamish resident, Teri was the much loved daughter of Sue and Tom Epperson.  She grew up in Aberdeen, WA with her sister, Cathy, and graduated from St. Martin’s College in Lacey (go Saints!).  There she met the man of her dreams, Ross Yamada, and together they shared 22 years of marriage.  The very best part of this union and her greatest joy was their two wonderful children, 16 year old Evan and 12 year old Tessa.

Teri will be deeply missed not only by her immediate family but by the legions of friends she leaves behind:  the school community in Sammamish, the Crossfire Soccer Club coaches/parents and players, special girlfriends, wonderful neighbors, her children’s friends/teammates and parents, all of her co-workers at Northwest Framing and everyone who had the privilege of calling her their friend.

Teri will always be remembered for her quick wit and ability to make us laugh!  Her stories and her sense of humor will help keep the memory of her with us forever.  She fought her short but fierce battle with cancer with a smile and a joke.  And if you needed something done, it was typically Teri to the rescue. Teri could schedule a soccer field, coordinate a carpool or balance a PTSA budget with the best of them.

Teri is survived by her husband, Ross, their children Evan and Tessa, her parents, Tom and Sue Epperson, her sister Cathy Rockwood  (husband Stan) and their children Peyton, Meghan and Jade, her in-laws Tom and Mildred Yamada and her sister-in-law Maryle Tracy (husband Pat) and their children John and Elizabeth.

In lieu of flowers, friends are invited to make remembrances to the Teri Yamada Memorial Fund PMB 774 Sammamish, WA   98074   (this is the Mail Post next to Sammamish Safeway)

A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, July 9 at 4:00 pm at Clise Mansion in Marymoor Park, Redmond, WA.  Following a brief service, friends and family are welcome to share stories and memories and celebrate Teri’s life.  Please feel free to come in casual attire.

4 Responses to “Teri Yamada”

  • Shelley Jaffe says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Teri. I live in NC now and a friend just e-mailed me this info. I didn’t know Teri well but what I remember about her thru school was a huge volunteer with a big smile on her face and always something nice to say. She will be greatly missed. Condolences to all her family and friends.

  • Erin Crook says:

    As the youth manager for the rival boys team, it is typical that manageres take on the same rivalry off the field that is shown on the field. Teri and I had an instant connection and friendship off the field while working out logistics whenever the teams needed to play eliminating that crosstown rivalry. She was one of the first \soccer\ friends I made outside my own teams and I’m grateful for that. With her stories of the boys and coaches, she made me love her team as much as I loved my own. I’ll miss seeing you Teri.

  • Carol Gallagher says:

    I am going to miss so many things about my dear friend Teri. She was funny, caring, bright, energetic, enthusiastic, loving, sincere, honest. . .the list goes on and on. Teri was a gracious friend and I am going to miss her bright smile, her laugh and her ability to make everyone around her feel welcome and comfortable. I have so many wonderful memories (and funny stories!) of our friendship that I know will help me celebrate her life for many many years to come. My sincerest condolences and support to all of her family.

  • Hugh Birgenheier says:

    I just read about Teri’s passing in the SMU magazine. Teri was a college classmate of mine. Although I have not seen her in a number of years she will be missed. She helped me make it through \finite math\ my Senior year at St. Martin’s. I will always remember her fondly.

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