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Two generations of Coupeville High School softball stars — Hope Lodell and her aunt, Teresa Terry. (Mike Lodell photo)

Teresa Terry was there at the start.

As a freshman, she started in the very first softball game in Coupeville High School history Mar. 16, 1978.

Decades later, she was back at her alma mater to watch as her niece, Hope Lodell, capped an impressive four-year run in center field for the Wolves.

Terry, who passed away Apr. 30 after a long illness, was more than just a footnote in Wolf sports history.

She was a constant ray of sunshine in our lives here in Coupeville, a woman whose presence made every day better.

I saw her often at Prairie Center, her home away from home, where she always had a smile and something nice to say to me – no matter how her own day was going.

It was the same during my Videoville years, when she and her family were frequent visitors.

She always listened to my ramblings about movies, and smiled when she returned Bottle Rocket.

Even as she and sister-in-law Rebecca Lodell, shaking their heads in unison, gently told me I was an idiot for recommending it.

Teresa was one of the kindest souls I’ve known, and she will be greatly missed.


From her family:

Teresa Lodell Terry
8/15/1963 – 4/30/2022

“She went softly,” could be a song written just for her.

On April 30th, 2022, lying in her bed and closing her eyes, the Lord came for her. She was 58.

Mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend, she was and always will be, our beloved Teresa Terry.

Teresa was born August 15, 1963, and made her life in Coupeville, WA.

She graduated from Coupeville High School in 1981. Shortly after, she met and married Arthur Stoop and had her only child, a son, named Justin.

During this time, she went to work at Prairie Center Market in Coupeville.

This became her career, spanning some 35 years. Teresa was a valued employee and had many friends there.

Her leisure time was spent reading, puzzles, and her much loved cooking shows.

Later in her life she went traveling and exploring, which she truly enjoyed.

Teresa and Arthur parted ways and she later met and married Richard Terry. They were together 20 years and formed a business partnership in Central Heating.

To mourn her passing, Teresa leaves behind her son, Justin and daughter in law Julie Stoop, her mother, Lila Hutson, her brothers, Jesse and Nigell Hutson, and Michael and Rebecca Lodell.

Also remaining are her nieces and nephews, Jason, Noah, Hope, Taylor, Jacob, Alex, and Richard Terry, her ex-husband, and also her many, many friends.

All our love goes with you.

Till we meet again, my darling Teresa.

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Hope Lodell will be in center field when a new softball season begins. Her aunt, Teresa Terry, was a starter in 1978. (Mike Lodell photo)

One family, 40 years, a ton of history.

When Coupeville High School senior Hope Lodell charges out to center field this spring, she’ll be following in the footsteps of her aunt.

Lodell, a four-year starter who has multiple All-Conference honors to her name, is keeping alive a family tradition.

Her aunt, Teresa (Lodell) Terry, was a freshman who started in the very first softball game in CHS history.

That came back on Mar. 16, 1978, when the Wolves battled through extra innings before falling 20-17 against Island rival Langley.

Coupeville and South Whidbey actually open the 2018 season against each other, with the Wolves traveling down Whidbey Saturday, Mar. 17 for a non-conference game.

If school officials were as obsessed with anniversaries as I am, they’d bump the game up a day to fall on the 40-year anniversary.

Hint, hint.

Anyways, that first game for CHS softball was a doozy, at least from the (very) limited recap in the newspaper of the time.

Slow-pitch was the game back then, with the Wolves not becoming a fast-pitch team until 2002.

At which point Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby, Sarah Mouw, Lindsey Tucker and crew promptly won four of five games at the state tourney, claiming a third-place finish in their first try at the quicker version of the sport.

In 1978, Kris Severns was the coach, and players in the first lineup included Teresa Lodell, Laurie Estes, Cheri Cass, Micki BoettgerYvonne Jameson and slugging freshman Pam Jampsa.

Jampsa bashed a home run and a pair of doubles in the first game, as Coupeville turned an early 3-0 deficit into a 16-8 lead after five innings.

Then, the offense which had racked up five runs in the second inning, and another eight in the third, cooled off, letting the dastardly South Enders rally.

Langley plated seven runs in the sixth, then scraped out one more in the seventh to forge a 16-16 tie and force extra innings.

Both teams came up empty in the eighth, before Langley put four across in the top of the ninth to make things dicey.

Coupeville got one run back in the bottom half of the inning, but fell short of an Opening Day miracle.

But, while a win wasn’t in the cards, that game set the table for what has turned into a successful four-decade run for the Wolves on the diamond.

Last year’s squad went 19-5, the best record since the immortal 2002 team, and came within a single strike of earning Coupeville softball’s third trip to state.

With virtually their entire lineup back, the 2018 Wolves are intent on joining the 2002 and 2014 teams in punching a ticket to the big dance.

Whether it happens or not, the past and present of CHS softball will come together frequently during this 40th season, whenever Teresa Terry pops by to cheer for her niece.

One family creating a ton of diamond memories.

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