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Teresa Patria (O'Shea) Verworn

April 6, 1940 ~ February 18, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old

Teresa Verworn Obituary

On Monday, February 18th, 2024, the world lost one of its most colorful and vibrant souls when Teresa Patria O’Shea Verworn took her last breaths surrounded by loved ones in Kalispell, Montana, thus ending this amazing woman’s presence here on earth.

Let us, her children, tell you the story of our mother.

Terry was born April 6th, 1940 to Martha Elizabeth Eitner and Patrick Joseph O’Shea. Growing up wasn’t the easiest for mom and her older sister Dawn, as they were placed in and out of the foster system as small children. When she got older, she did swimsuit and fashion modeling in her teen years. She told stories to us about Hollywood and LA in the 50s. She shared tales of throwing parties at the Spahn Movie Ranch and going out on dates with John Derek.

 

She then went up to the Locsha in Idaho in the 1950’s to work as a cook in the hunting camps. This is where her love of the west and the mountains took hold of her. She then met Gary Smalley and they were married in 1957.  To their union three children were born. Martha in 1957, Kenneth in 1960 and Cerese in 1962. They were later divorced in the late 1960’s.

In 1970 she met Duane Verworn at Harold’s Club in Milltown, Montana where she was working.  They were married in 1971 and into that marriage Duane brought with him four children of his own; daughters Robin, Gina, Roxanne and son Mark. In 1972 she gave birth to Brodie, making it a family of 10 under one roof! In 1972 they moved from Great Falls where they were living and moved to Hamilton, MT. They divorced in 1982 but they continued to remain on good terms until Duane’s passing.

For most of her life, mom worked as a waitress and a bartender as well as managing these kinds of establishments. In 1983, she chose to go into business for herself and purchased Bruce’s Tap Room in Hamilton, MT. She wanted to still cater to the biker crowd that frequented there, but at the same time, make it welcoming enough for anyone who wanted to come in after work and have a beer or drink that they could do so.  While Bruce’s was open, she became an excellent player of darts and billiards, winning multiple tournaments and trips all over the United States to play in regional and national competitions.  Then, on December 31st, 1990, she opened her dream location, the old Tucker Barn at Tucker Crossing & Highway 93 and renaming it O’Shea’s. She remodeled it into a double bar and supper club. Though things didn’t turn out in the end as she wanted them to, she still always cherished the compliments she received years later about how good her food was that her restaurant served and that she had the best prime rib in the valley. After O’Sheas closed, mom worked heavy highway construction during the season and worked again as a bartender during the cold seasons. She eventually started her own cleaning business up until she retired. She was one of the hardest working people you’d ever meet and had a work ethic that was second to none.

Our mother was a survivor! She survived female cancer in the 1980’s and breast cancer in the mid 1990’s. She was a proponent of telling women to do monthly self-breast exams and would expound on that topic whenever given the chance. She would proselytize that early detection saves lives, just like it saved hers!

Mom loved to hunt and fish. She was also a damn good shot with a rifle and not too bad with a handgun either! She loved the outdoors of Montana, be it spending time on Como Lake, floating the Bitterroot River, or casting a line in Blodgett Creek. She was a huge Elvis Presley fan and in 2008, was able to go out and spend a week in Memphis and was able to do an all-access tour of Graceland.

As she became older and her mobility was becoming affected, mom loved playing keno machines and most of the time, had amazing luck with her numbers and loved nothing more than spending time with her daughters frequenting the local gaming establishments.

Most of all our mother loved animals! She had multiple cats and dogs that had names befitting of their personalities. She always believed herself to be an “animal whisperer” and that she had a special bond with them. In her latter years and even her final months, she was obsessively worried about making sure that the squirrels, birds, and deer that visited her yard in town always had fresh food and water.  No matter how bad her aches and pains were, she would tootle on outside and make sure they had what she believed they needed.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, her stepfather Dr. Beverly Wiley Owens,

Her sister Maureen Dawn Marinello, first husband Gary Smalley, second husband Duane Verworn, and countless beloved pets that kept her company through the years. She is survived by her daughter Martha (Ty) and grandsons Jarret and Robert, Son Kenny (Jeanette) grandchildren Angel and Danny and three great grandchildren, Daughter Cerese,  grandsons Korey & two great grandchildren and Michael and three great grandchildren, son Brodie (Amy), stepdaughter Robin Huard (Ed) and grandchildren Dustin & Duane, Stepdaughter Gina Fernstom (David) and granddaughter Leanna & grandson Jarrod and three great grandchildren, stepson Mark and Stepdaughter Roxanne (Randy) and granddaughters Markie & Mia and grandson Zane, and one great grandchild,  along with many extended family members and others she considered family. If we have missed anyone we sincerely apologize.

It is hard to sum up a life such as our moms in just a few paragraphs.  There is so much more that could be said. Good and bad, triumphant and tragic, but it won’t change what has happened in the past. We choose now to go forward and think of the positive things that bring smiles to our faces and warmth to our hearts.  You always knew where you stood with Terry, no filter!  So, with that character trait of hers, we say; be sure you tell those who you care about how much you love them. Be sure and tell them how much they mean to you and why.  Don’t ever hesitate to say, “I love you” and be the first one to do it. 

We want to thank all those who have reached out to us with their kindness, love, and condolences during this difficult time.  We will be gathering in Hamilton, Montana at the Daly-Leach Chapel, 1010 Main St. Hamilton, Montana on July 13th, 2024 at 1100 AM for her friends and family to say a final farewell, share stories, and to laugh and cry together. At a later date and time, her immediate family will fulfill her wishes that her ashes be spread over the Bitterroot Mountains, Como Lake, and the Bitterroot River. Donations in her name can be made to the Bitterroot Humane Society or to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org

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