Theresa "Peanut" Stanley
Continuing To Help Others
Our beloved daughter, Theresa Marie Stanley, and her boyfriend, David Brown,were killed on
March 3, 2001,when their truck was struck head-on by a drunk driver near Wausau, WI. Her tragic death has left emptiness in our hearts that will never be filled. On bad days, we have difficulty developing the energy or interest to perform daily tasks. Even on the best days, we realize there is something missing in our lives that used to be there and will never be there again.
Theresa was 1992 graduate of St. Emily 's School in Mt. Prospect and a 1996 graduate of Wauconda High School. Her high school years were a time of great personal development for Theresa. She had many artistic talents and was active in many school organizations and teams. Her friends caller her "Peanut " because she was short.But her big heart and concern for others more than made up for what she lacked in physical stature. Theresa was always seeing the bright side of things and was the kind of person that could bring a smile to your face on even your worst days. She was a good and loyal friend and she loved her family and friends with all of her heart.
At 22 years old, Theresa was just beginning her life. She had so much ahead of her - so much laughter, so much happiness and so much hope for things to come. All of this potential was destroyed in an instant by a drunk driver. Those of us, who had the privilege to know her, whether it was for a few hours or a lifetime, were truly blessed to have her in our lives. We miss her terribly, but we are grateful for the many friends who have offered their support and prayers during these past difficult months.
Theresa signed her organ donor card shortly before her death. Although most of her organs were too severely injured to use, the organ bank was able to use her eyes, veins, ligaments and bones to help other people. Knowing that Theresa is continuing to help others enjoy a better quality of life has been an enormous consolation to us. We urge everyone to sign their donor card for their family's sake.
Cathy and Chet Stanley