A private service and celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Maria Frances Teague, 69, of Taylors, died peacefully on Saturday, September 17, 2022.
Born in England, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Catherine Smith Hakes.
Maria trained as a professional ballerina and was a member of the Royal Ballet Company in London. Although her career was brief, her love for the Arts continued throughout her life, drawing her to teach ballet, attend many shows at the Peace Center in Greenville and anything on Broadway. Knowing how hard it could be to start from nothing since she emigrated to the US in her 20s, she had a generous heart that led her to always keep her door open to those in need. She was beautiful, bold, caring, compassionate, courageous (except for driving, 18 wheelers, and sometimes flying), funny, graceful, steadfast, loving. She did not cook anything fancy but her mashed potatoes were the best, each batch better than the last. She loved good food, especially hot tea and anything British. She had a contagious laugh and knew how to be goofy. As a friend, she was fiercely loyal. Once she loved you, she loved you and you belonged forever. As a mum, she was there for her children and always in their corner. She wanted nothing but their happiness.
She is survived by her son, Matthew Teague; daughter, Dr. Katherine Teague; good friends and former husband, Al Teague and wife, Carol Williamson; brother, Mark Smythe, wife, Liz and son, Thomas; sister, Anita Billing; beloved niece, Sarah Billing-Carrero, husband, Peter and their two children who called her Nana, Eva Rose and Peter Mark Carrero; Sarah’s father, Steve Billing and wife Angela; and close friend of over 40 years, Bill Oram.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by nephew, Mark Billing.
“A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.” – Cardinal Mermillod
Maria was of the Catholic faith. A private service and celebration of life will be held at a later date.
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In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, www.stjude.org.
Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes, Northwest