Theresa Hartley McCraw

Died: Sat., Dec. 17, 2011


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Dec. 22, 2011
Location: Washburn & Dorsey Funeral and Cremation Service

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Fri., Dec. 23, 2011

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Mrs. Theresa Hartley McCraw, 58, of South Mountain Road, Bostic, died Saturday, December 17, 2011.
She was the daughter of the late William and Helen Hartley. She was a member of Salem United Methodist Church. Theresa was the owner of Mountain View Kennels, and had a great love of animals and worked tirelessly toward their well being and care.
She is survived by two sons, Cooper Sellers and his wife Sherrie of Austin, TX, and Chip Hoppes and his wife Michelle of Cherry Point, NC; a sister, Stephanie Hartley of Austin, TX; two brothers, Bill Hartley of Denton, TX, and Terry Hartley of Charlotte, NC; there are four grandchildren, Joelle Sellers, Shawn Sellers, Zechariah Hoppes, and Sebastian Hoppes.  
The Funeral will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, December 23, 2011 at Salem United Methodist Church. Rev. Laurie Knoespel will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The Visitation will be from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM Thursday at Washburn & Dorsey Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Community Pet Center, PO Box 623, Rutherfordton, NC 28139, or the Rutherford County Humane Society, PO Box 998, Rutherfordton, NC 28139.
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Donna Pittman
   Posted Tue December 20, 2011
Please accept my deepest sympathy to each of you. Theresa was a great woman who cared deeply for anyone she came in contact with (human or animal). She will be greatly missed by me, my (2) four legged children and the many others that she cared for. Theresa took care of my children for many years and always treated them as her own. Once while on vacation, while in her care, my smallest one became violently ill and "Momma Theresa" got her to the vet in time to save her life. She came through again in an emergency when my grandson had a 4-wheeler accident. I called her late on a Sunday night hoping she had room to take my kids. She did of course (whether or not I don't know); I took them over and left them for an indefinite period of time. She said not to worry, she would be there for them. She also groomed them for me. I will miss her kindness, friendship, smile and the comfort I felt when I left my kids with her. Please know that she was loved by many and she is now in Heaven.

Gayle Patterson
   Posted Tue December 20, 2011
Now the laborer’s task is o’er;
Now the battle day is past;
Now upon the farther shore
Lands the voyager at last.

Father, in Thy gracious keeping
Leave we now Thy servant sleeping.

I am so very sorry. This is such a tragedy.

Janet Harrill
   Posted Tue December 20, 2011
I loved Teresa and will miss her terribly. I am so devastated by her loss. My prayers are with her family at this time. She was such a support to me and my animals when I had to be hospitalized. I want the family to know that I am available if they or her animals need anything.

Janet Harrill

Donna Long
   Posted Tue December 20, 2011
As you know, Theresa was my cousin. When I lived in NC I did get
to see her oviously more often. I remember her as a child being
soft spoken and kind - she grew into a soft spoken kind adult.

I know she will be missed by all of you. I am shocked and sorry
to hear of her senseless murder!

Keep in touch when you can. Donna Proctor Long

Brenda McEntire
   Posted Tue December 20, 2011
I don't know where to begin because there are not enough words to say what I could say. I worked with Theresa very close for about 11 or 12 years.I watched her children grow up through conversation. She spoke of all her brothers and sisters, only wishing she could see them more. Her love for animals was beyond whatever could be expected. She loved her church and most of all, she loved her God. That is where she is now, with her Savior. Be not sad for her, but only for all of us that she has left behind. Be brave and courageous and trust God to get you through this tragedy.

''''''''May God Bless each one of you.

Constance Hardin
   Posted Tue December 20, 2011
Please accept my deepest sympathy.

Crissy Bush
   Posted Tue December 20, 2011
Miss Theresa was a wonderful person with a love for animals that goes beyond words. She was always friendly and smiling and more than willing to help when she could. She cared for my Lola like she was one of hers and we will miss her more than we can even imagine at this point. I know she is in a better place now.

Linda Conlon
   Posted Tue December 20, 2011
my thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow......the world is a better place because Theresa graced it with her presence.....

Barbara Segal (Sri Lanka)
   Posted Tue December 20, 2011
I only ever knew Theresa through Facebook as a fellow animal Rescuer, whose main aim in life was to do good by the poor abandoned dogs that found their way into her care. They were so lucky to be taken in by an Angel like her. She was one of the best and will be greatly missed. God Bless you Theresa.

Dee & Kenny Ullrich
   Posted Tue December 20, 2011
Almighty God, we remember before you today your faithful servant, Theresa; and we pray that, having opened to her the gates of larger life, you will receive her more and more into your joyful service, that with all who have faithfully served you in the past, she may share in the eternal victory of Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Most merciful God, whose wisdom is beyond our understanding: Deal graciously with Theresa's family in their grief. Surround them with your love, that they may not be overwhelmed by their loss, but have confidence in your goodness, and strength to meet the days to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Glenda Sandefur
   Posted Tue December 20, 2011
Please accept my deepest sympathies. Theresa was an awesome friend and never tiring friend for 4 legged creatures. She was a great teacher with my first great dane Betsy! Im sure Betsy saw her at the rainbow bridge. betsy could be a biting dog and she showed me many ways to control her. Theresa gave unonditionally to all of her clients without thinking twice. God has a great plan for her in heaven....She is surrounded with lots of creatures and love. SHe will missed horribly!

Cathy & Ken Webb
   Posted Tue December 20, 2011
We knew Theresa through her grooming our dog. She recently told us she thought our dog had diabetes.. we took her to the vet and she was right. I could not wait to get the dog back to Theresa so she could see how much better baby is doing. She literally saved babys life although I do not know any of her family I feel like i do as she talked about you all the time and she absolutely adored her grandbabies.. she would say "they will be my babies forever, I don't care how old they get".
we are heartsick for your loss we have shed tears,said prayers and really been angry ( sorry but it is true) God be with all of you- our loss is definitely heavens gain

Chip, Michelle and Family
   Posted Tue December 20, 2011
Words cannot express the sorrow felt when I heard about Theresa. She was an amazing woman who loved everyone she met but more importantly loved God. Throughout everything she remained brave till the end. Her children and grandchildren were her life. Michelle she loved you as her own and thought so highly of you and Chip, she was so proud of her Marine. Time will heal the wounds of losing your mother, grandmother and friend but her memory will never be forgotten. May God bless you during this difficult time. Reach out to friends and family, we are all here for you.

Jerry, Marsha Harrison, Abigail and Lailah Daves

Jackie Hutchins
   Posted Tue December 20, 2011
Theresa brought one of my greatest blessings into my life when she called me and told me about a rescue dog that she had just gotten...I fell immediately in love with my Tucker that day. I called her every day for two weeks to make sure that no one claimed him. When she called with that sweet voice and told me to come get him, I was so excited. Theresa had such a big heart for animals. I am sure God will let her help take of them in Heaven. My heart aches for her loss and I pray God will comofort the hearts of all her family.

Jennifer Powell
   Posted Tue December 20, 2011
Words cannot express the loss our world has experienced. Theresa was a beautiful, kind, generous, compassionate woman. She was a voice of experience and such a great help to me. Her love for animals of all kinds was a blessing to all. She will be greatly missed. I pray that her family will find some comfort during this difficult time, knowing that she is with her Heavenly Father. Goodbye, dear lady. We will see you again some day!

Cheryl Reid Wray
   Posted Tue December 20, 2011
To Theresa's family - I want to express my deepest sympathy to you. It's so hard to understand why someone as loving and compassionate as Theresa was taken away. She did so much good in this world and was loved by so many. I'm so very sorry for your loss.

Beth Hamrick
   Posted Tue December 20, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with her family. Theresa had a love for animals. She was so kind and gentle with my family''s pets, two German Shepherds, Sonny and Buster. Sonny is no longer living now, but he spent time at the kennel when my family would be on vacation. Buster was there this past July for 2 separate weeks when my family was on vacation. She even took time to email to me pictures of Buster playing in the front part of the kennel with another dog. She will be missed by her family and friends!!

Patsi and Harold
   Posted Wed December 21, 2011
Dear "Little Bill", Terry, Stephanie, and Boys,
We were shocked and saddened to hear of this tragedy. We pray that Theresa will now rest in peace with all the Heavenly Animals and family that has gone before her. You have our sincere condolences. We would like to hear from each of you when time permits. May your Holidays be peaceful.
Warmest Regards,
Your cousin,
Patsi Proctor Peacock & Family

Donna Carver
   Posted Wed December 21, 2011
Theresa was such a loving human being whether it was to a human or animal. Teresa has helped me in times when I had a problem and was always so willing to help. Lord place a hand on Teresa's family as they go thru this ordeal. I am going to miss not having you around but, I know that God called Theresa home to do a honorable job for him. He needed a person that would care and stand beside the furry friends that are waiting at the rainbow bridge. I know she will give the same love and care as she did on this earth. When we get to the bridge I know along with the babys I have had I know I will also find Theresa there being a momma to them until we can return and take care of them. Until we meet again I know you will be happy and not afraid ever again.

Rhonda Geissinger
   Posted Wed December 21, 2011
Although I didn't know you, I too work to save animals. I know how much time, money and care thousands have received because of your tireless work in trying to find homes for those who have none. Please rest now knowing your work is much appreciated, and you'll be terribly missed. I know you'll be one of many angels, watchin over our pets until we can be reunited with them once again. Thank you!

Marietta Kenney
   Posted Wed December 21, 2011
Such a incredible loss to her family as well as the animals she cared for and loved. I only knew her for a short time but in that time she was the most sincere and kind person I have ever met. My heart, prayers and thoughts go out to the whole family and community for this loss will be felt for life. Heaven has another angel that will continue to watch over the family and animals she so loved.. Thank you to Theresa's family for sharing her with us, We are blessed to have known her.

Dotty Driver
   Posted Wed December 21, 2011
I don't know where to begin Theresa was a sweet kind gentle soul. She was a true friend I worked with her for years and she was a terrific person she will be sorely missed take heart in the fact that her love for you all was timeless. God be with you.

Dotty Driver and Family

toney stacey
   Posted Wed December 21, 2011
your family will be in our prayers. i only trusted teresa with my babies. she always took good care of them. we will truely miss her. but we know shes in heaven what a christmas she will have. love toney billy hedi angel stacey.

Ray & Kathy Schafer
   Posted Wed December 21, 2011
Our deepest sympathy to each one of Teresa''s family members. We have lost a very dear neighbor and friend and we hold each of you in our prayers. Our loss is Heaven''s gain, and someday when the Lord calls us home, we will see her again. May God''s love comfort you and give you the peace that only He can give.

Brenda Poland
   Posted Wed December 21, 2011
Theresa, You will be truely missed,you were a good friend to everyone. Rosey, Cutie, and Smokey Jo fit right in with you and your family of 4 legged friends. No one can ever take your place. You were a first class lady to all. Your family has lost a treasure.

Barbara Jenkins
   Posted Wed December 21, 2011
I did not know Theresa or any of her family but I pray that each and every one of you find comfort and peace during this very difficult time.

Ty, Dana and Lightning Eckard
   Posted Wed December 21, 2011
Ty and I still struggle desperately with the loss of Theresa. This was so cruel and senseless. Theresa was one of the kindest souls that we have had the fortune to call a friend. She loved our dog, Lightning, as her own and was there for us in our emergency needs. Theresa loved unconditionally and we all should use her example as a guide for our own behavior. God bless this family and hold them tightly as they go through this hardship.

Barbara Bradley Johnson
   Posted Wed December 21, 2011
I am so deeply sorry for the family's tragic loss. I did not know Theresa, but from what I hear from her surrounding community, she was very, very special. Stephanie and Terry...I cannot imagine what you are feeling. Please know I will be praying for some comfort for you during this terrible time. Love to both of you, and to the rest of your family. Sincerely, Barbara

Alana Jones
   Posted Wed December 21, 2011
I am so very sorry for your loss. I knew Theresa for fourteen years, and she cared for my dogs many times. She took care of them like they were her own, and I trusted her completely. Once, the dogs stayed with her for six weeks and another time they stayed for five. They loved her!
I remember Theresa with a smile on her face and so much love to give. She was awesome in every way.
My prayers are with her family and friends right now. God bless you all.

Tina Hendrix
   Posted Wed December 21, 2011
Its hard to find the words, it is just so unbelievable that Theresa will no longer be around to share the many dog and cat stories, grooming tips, laughs and sorrows. She really loved her family !!! She actually had many families. She fit perfectly into each and every family she came in contact with. Every person or pet that had the privilege to come in contact with Theresa could feel the warmth of her heart and sincerity in her voice. My condolences to her family and I pray that they find comfort knowing Theresa Loved them so very much !!! She was so proud of each and everyone of them. God Bless You Theresa, I miss you dearly.

Sarah Horvath
   Posted Thu December 22, 2011
My deepest sympathies to all of the family. It was an honor to have gotten to meet Theresa and gotten to know her a little. Clearly, she was a treasure to so may people. Her concern was most about her children and animals. I'm so very sorry for your loss. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

Ronnie Brooks
   Posted Thu December 22, 2011
I would like to express my sincere condolences to the family of Theresa.She was a dear friend who has always had a special place in my heart and will be missed very very much.Theresa was a very special woman,mother and friend.She will be missed by all of us.My prayers go out to her family May God be with you all during this time of grief and help us all to endure the loss of such a wonderful woman.
Even though she is no longer with us in this life the love we all have for her will never die.May she rest in peace and rejoice now with the Lord and all those she loved who had gone on before her.I can''t wait to see her again when it comes my time to join her again in the kingdom of God.If there is ever anything I can do to help any of her family please don''t hesitate to call on me.
I feel we will never get over the pain of the loss of this great woman we will just have to learn to live with it and carry on until we meet again.God Bless you now Theresa with your rewards in heaven.Theresa thank you so much for everything you have done for me and my family and taking out time in your busy schedule for our daughter Jenny and the times you shared with her teaching her to ride your horses.I know Jenny will miss you as well.

Ronnie,Atsuko,Chris and Jenny Brooks

febie keever
   Posted Thu December 22, 2011
I want you all to know how sorry I am that this has happened. God has a plan for each of us. We will never understand the reason for such tragedy, but God is in control. We love you all and are praying for all of you. If there is anything that we can do dont hesitate to call.

Renee Wells Crawford
   Posted Thu December 22, 2011
Cooper, Chip, Sherrie, Michelle and Grandchildren:
I am so saddened by the loss of my treasured friend of 32 years. I have watched the two of you grow up to be fine men who blessed your Mom with 4 beautiful grandchildren whom she adored with all her heart. Candidly, we went through horses, husbands, houses and dogs together, supporting each other and loving each other through all the hardships of our lives; and, I too, am lost for words. Your mother loved her God, her family, her Church, her Community and every animal she either cared for or help to place in loving homes and the world has certainly lost a Saint. She was a Faithful Servant and I know that right now in heaven, she has already taken charge, and is taking care of all those who have gone before her human and animal in her special "Mother Theresa" way. We are praying for each of you daily and love you very much.

Ronnie Brooks
   Posted Thu December 22, 2011
I have had the privilege and honor of knowing Theresa for 37 years.She has always been a very dear friend who has a special place in my heart which will be hers forever.My prayers go out to all over her relatives,family, and friends who all share the horrible loss of a truly great woman,mother,grandmother and friend.
She always put the needs of others before her own.My daughter growing up Theresa would call me and tell me to bring her over she wanted to teach Jenny how to ride horses.She did this on many occasions even I know she was very busy helping others she found time to help us.I am grateful to her and will miss her so very much.
She always spoke of her boys and their families and her grandchildren which were the highlights of her life.Cooper and Chip if there is anything I can ever do please don't hesittate to call on me.May God be with you all in this time of sorrow and May Theresa now rejoice at the throne of our Lord with all those she loved who had gone on before her.God Bless you all.

Ronnie,Atsuko,Chris and Jenny Brooks

   Posted Thu December 22, 2011
I cannot express the shock and sorrow I am feeling over this loss. Theresa was more like family than most of the people I call friends. All of my critters would always perk up and carry their leases to the door in the mention of getting to go visit Mother Theresa. She also witnessed to me and helped me grow in my relationship with God. Theresa was one of a kind special individual that helped the world be a better place. I intend to find out what can be done to keep her legacy alive. All Dogs In Heaven now have the best keeper of all. My deepest condolences to her family. Gad Bless and please watch over us from this point on. She is truely missed.

Frank & Deirdre Lightsey
   Posted Thu December 22, 2011
Chip & Michelle, Cooper & Sherrie, we are so sorry for your loss, sending you strenght to endure these days that come. Please know we are praying for you, love d-

Trish Jones
   Posted Thu December 22, 2011
Our deepest sympathies to all the members of Theresa's family. She was a wonderful person, loving, and caring to everyone. She always took wonderful care of our pets and they were always excited to hear " let's go to Theresa's". She will be missed very much by all who knew her and all who benefited from her generous heart.

Rest in peace Theresa.

Trish & Kent Jones

sherry wright
   Posted Thu December 22, 2011
I am so sorry about your loss Theresa was one of a kind she was the best hearted person on this earth especially to animals and people she was the only person that would take care or our black german shepard and she done a terrific job she will be truly missed my heart and prayers are with each and everyone of you

Jimi Black
   Posted Thu December 22, 2011
So sorry to hear this, Teresa was one of the Sweetest people I ever met, I Loved Her Dearly as I do You, I'm here for You, if You need Me please let Me know!, I Love You!

Nick Naima Yasmin White
   Posted Sun December 25, 2011
Theresa. We miss you so much. You were there when our daughter was born. You loved our animals as if they were your own. You treated us like we we''''re family. You rode a horse better than a Texas cowboy. Such a senseless violent act you should beverage had to endure. Our deepest sympathy to her family. You will be missed by all creatures great and small. Love you. Naima

Lymley Smith
   Posted Sun December 25, 2011
You may not know us but we are related. Theresa,s grandmother Nallie was my grandmothers frist cousin. My grandmother was Jennie Lee Champion. Theresa also took care of my babies for 16 years. I will miss her so much. We are so sorry for your loss especially at Chistmas. If we can do anything to help please let us know. I loved Theresa so much and will miss her dearly
She was a wonderful person and will be missed by everyone far and wide. Lynley Smith

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