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She was born in Arcadia, WI to August and Sophie Reck. The youngest of four children, she attended school in the small town of Arcadia where she displayed many talents; piano, acting, cheerleading, and Debate Club. Therese graduated from Arcadia High School in 1951. Her yearbook referred to her as having blond hair, twinkling eyes; pep for a girl twice her size. She attended St. Francis School of Nursing located in La Crosse, WI, and graduated in 1954 with a diploma in Nursing. Young, beautiful, educated, and with career in hand, Therese came to Southern California and took a nursing job at the Long Beach Memorial Hospital. She also joined the U.S. Navy Reserves and received her commission as an Ensign. Shortly thereafter she met a strapping young Marine, John Scofield, who later became her husband of 34 years.
Therese and John began their family with Michael, Cathy, & Karen and she continued her nursing career. The family moved to Simi Valley in 1962 and to Redding in 1972. Her career spanned 30 years during which she worked Critical Care, the Surgical Floor, and the Intensive Care Unit. Hospital newsletters recognized Therese for her enthusiasm, dedication and compassion to her profession, peers and patients. This was evident from the many cards and good wishes she received from patients/families for her warmth and kindness while they were hospitalized. As a testament to her devotion to nursing, Therese provided solely for the care of her husband when stricken with cancer. After his death in 1991, she retired and later moved to Davis in 1994, to spend more time with her children and grandchildren.
Therese and her family shared many interests: entertaining, camping, and traveling. She was an expert seamstress and avid reader. After moving to Davis, she enjoyed the Farmers Market, concerts at the Mondavi Center, and attending services at St. James Catholic Church. She spent time with Michael in Davis, Karen in San Rafael, and Cathy in Seattle.
Therese was preceded in death by her husband John and her sister Marcella. She is survived by her children Michael, daughter-in-law Elena Tarailo, Cathy and husband Mark Nicholson, Karen and husband Mike Levin. Grandchildren Maresa Scofield, Joel & Elliot Levin, mother-in-law Marion Wood, siblings Everett and Ruth, and nieces and nephew.
The family of Therese is grateful to Dr. Morrissey, UC Davis, and the entire staff of Kindred Hospital who tirelessly attended to Therese during her illness.
A memorial service will begin at 11:00a.m. on February 9th, 2008 at St. James Catholic Church located at 1275 B Street, Davis, CA 95616 followed by a reception. Flowers may be sent to St. James Church or donations may be sent to the Yolo County SPCA at P.O. Box 510 Davis, CA 95617 in memory of Therese Scofield.
Dear Mom, Itaas been just over a month since you left for heaven. I miss you so much and still wake up at 0107 hours to listen to your voice just like on January 11th, 2008. Your Memorial Service was just absolutely beautiful. There were about 75 people in attendance to a full Catholic Mass officiated by Father Rojas. Marlyn played the piano while Ms. Boyd sang. Cathy, Maresa, and I spoke about your life. My Veteranaas Honor Team performed your military honors complete with a live bugler and piper who played Amazing Grace. Your flowers were stunning and done with colors to reflect your grace. Two photo boards and a memorabilia table were made that depicted the wonderful Mom you are. The reception was catered by Zia's with a perfect menu of simple foods and desserts you liked. I was so proud of your Memorial Service because it allowed me to honor you as my Mother as well as show the world the respect and dignity you deserved. To that end, I will never forget you my dear Mother, the greatest of all "Foo Fighters!" With eternal love, your son Michael
Michael Scofield Feb 18 2008 12:00 AM
It was truly a pleasure to take care of Therese. Her and I got close during her stay here. We shared stories and she would share some of her wisdom with me. She was a wonderful lady. I will always remember her. I think of her everytime I pass by her room. Mike I enjoyed our chats. I'm glad we got to visit that last night.
Michelle Summers Feb 8 2008 12:00 AM
She was an amazing, intillegent, very nice and funny person, my condolences to all of you, thank you mike for freindship while your mom was here. I will miss her
Bill Kennedy Feb 7 2008 12:00 AM
I feel blessed to have known Therese. She became part of our family here at Kindred. I will always have very fond memories of her, and remember her as an angel.
Michele Monchatre Feb 7 2008 12:00 AM
I am very sorry to hear about Therese. I visited her often while I was serving as an assistant chaplain in the hospital last year. She was in a difficult position but always happy to see me. I enjoyed the visits and remember them well.
Joe O'Donnell Feb 4 2008 12:00 AM
I wish to extend to Therese's family my heartfelt sympathy. Theresa leaves behind a legacy of wisdom, humor and love of family. She was a fellow nurse - a sister to all of us, a part of our Kindred family. Even when she was in pain she gave us the warmest smile and always thanked us for taking care of her. She will always be in my heart and I am better for it. God Bless.
Lavonne Wolf Feb 1 2008 12:00 AM
I had the privelage of working with Therese as her Speech and Swallowing Therapist at Kindred. I feel as though I gained so much more from her than she from me. Her wonderful stories about her devotion to her career and family were always inspiring. Her kind smile and wonderful words will always be with me. I feel blessed to have known her. My thoughts and prayers are with her and your entire family.
Meaghan Donohoe Jan 31 2008 12:00 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I will always remember how brave Theresa was. She is an angel watching over Kindred Hospital and all that are here. We were grateful to be able to know and come to love her, she will always be in my heart and someone I would like to be someday. Thank you for the opportunity to express my feeling for Theresa.
Fran Urban-Day Jan 31 2008 12:00 AM
I really enjoyed taking care of your mom. I miss her and it is hard to go past her room. I guess it will be her room for awhile. I also really enjoyed meeting her family. You all are very nice people.
ANNETTE STILL Jan 31 2008 12:00 AM
I have had the privilege of knowing Michael since high school. Over the last few years, while Mrs. Scofield's health declined, Mike was there with unconditional love and support. There is a bond between a son and a mother that is so very special. Even when separated by death, that love continues in our hearts and our memories, never ending. My condolences to the family. Stay close and love each other.
Sue Gray Jan 30 2008 12:00 AM