Teri Jean Johnston Dougan

By The Curry Coastal Pilot January 11, 2013 08:57 pm


Teri Jean Johnston Dougan was born Feb. 2, 1945, in Chattanooga, Tenn., to  Lt. Col. William D. Johnston Jr. and Jean E. Rankin Johnson. Teri grew up in a military family and lived in various locations which included the Philippines and Panama.

Teri was honored to play the French horn with the El Camino High School in Sacramento, Calif., band at the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, Calif. LIFE Magazine published a photo which included Teri at the opening ceremony. After graduating from El Camino High School in 1962, Teri attended California State University Sacramento, (CSUS) to study art.

Her love of art expanded from oil paintings and photography to stained glass, miniature settings, Bonsai plants, knitting, spinning, quilting and, more recently, scrapbooking. All of her hand-crafted art was done to perfection and at an expert level.

Teri seemed to have found her niche when creating custom teddy bears with moveable joints and music boxes. Teri’s business, Mother Noah’s Ark Bears and Forever Classics, began to take off. The Sacramento Bee took notice and in 1996 published a story about Teri and her award-winning talent.

Teri’s love for family and history opened another door and she began genealogy research. Teri’s extensive hands-on research had taken her through 41 states and traced her lineage back to the 1500s.

Teri was a longtime member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and participated in choir, volunteered in numerous non-profit organizations, enjoyed working with special needs children, and enjoyed being a military mom. Teri loved every member of her family and thoroughly enjoyed

Hearing about their individual accomplishments.

It is with great sadness for her family that a remarkable woman has left us much too soon. Teri was a woman of faith and she knew God has a higher calling for her. Teri’s last day with us was on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, but she will forever remain in our hearts.

Teri leaves behind  Gerald L. Dougan, a loving and devoted husband of 28 years; her four sons: Christopher Angulo (Andrea), John Angulo (Bobbie), Chad Angulo (Bethany), and Joshua Angulo (Robin); eight grandchildren: Samantha, Morgan, Rachel, Audrey, Matthaus, Cameron, and recently born Enzo and Cristiano; her two siblings Michael Johnston (Sue), William Johnston (Kathy);  as well as nieces and nephews and their families.

Teri has been a resident of Brookings since 1996.

A memorial service to celebrate Teri will be held at 11 a.m.  Saturday, Jan. 19, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 770 Elk Drive, in Brookings, 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Teri’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1301 Northcrest Drive, Crescent City, CA 95531 or South Coast Humane Society, P.O. Box 7833, Brookings OR 97415. 

Submitted by Reichert’s Funeral Services, Citrus Heights, Calif.