Teri Burgess


May 5, 1956 - December 27, 2018


Teri Burgess, 62, Mitchell, SD died Thursday, December 27, 2018 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

A Celebration of Life Service will be 1:00 pm Friday, January 11 at the Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell.

Teri was an adventure waiting to happen. Teri Lynn Brockman was born on May 5, 1956 to Robert and Gloria Brockman, she grew up in Wessington Springs, SD, graduating from Wessington Springs High School in 1974. Shortly after completing a Radiology program in 1976 at McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, she moved to Wyoming to begin the next chapter of her life.

In Torrington, Wyoming, Teri worked as an X-Ray Technician at the Community Hospital. When she wasn't working you could find her tending to her plants, cooking, sewing, crafting, going on camping trips, or mingling with the local cowboy culture. She was successful in her career and she purchased her first home at the age of 24. She met her husband Claude in Torrington, and they fell in love with each other and with the vast landscape of the West. They were married May 25, 1985. The couple lived in Wyoming and New Mexico before moving to Idaho Falls, Idaho. In Idaho Falls Teri advanced her career at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center and gave birth to their son Cohen in 1986. The family moved to Mitchell in 1995, where she continued to follow her passion in Radiology at Queen of Peace Hospital. When a shoulder injury at work required her to change careers, she set forth on a new path that led to a career in local government. First, she worked at The Title Company as a Licensed Abstractor for the State of South Dakota. She served the public at the Register of Deeds in the Davison County courthouse since 2002.

Teri was never happier than on the road making an adventure. She loved to vacation with her family, often returning to the familiar peaks of the Teton Mountains and always traveling with her favorite camera to capture life's wonderful moments. She loved to grow plants and flowers and to watch wildlife. She was particularly fond of birds, especially hummingbirds.

Teri was known as a wonderful, kind person who would go out of her way to do for others. She was also a woman of extreme strength. As a young girl Teri developed scoliosis which took years to correct. She admired her physician and from this experience was inspired to pursue a career in Radiology. During her life she was diagnosed with and survived breast cancer. In 2010 she was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis and December 2017 with Myelodyplastic Syndrome (MDS).

Her tenacious spirit and love of life drove her forward always.

She is survived by her parents, Robert & Gloria Brockman; spouse, Claude Burgess; son, Cohen Burgess; stepson, Jason Hughes (Noni) Bergen; brother, Daniel Brockman (Rosemary) Courtney, Nicole, Matthew, Kaitlyn; mother-in-law, Duane Burgess; brothers-in-law, Ford (Sue) Burgess, Clyde (Vky) Burgess several aunts & uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her sister Lori, her grandparents, several aunts & uncles and cousin, Kevin Wilson.


None Scheduled


Friday, January 11, 2019
1:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Gabriele Snortum on January 29, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of Teri's passing. I saw her at the court house last February after may dad passed. She was just as bubbly, warm & sweet as always. It was a joy to visit with her since it had been a long time since we had worked together at the hospital. She will be greatly missed. Prayers & sympathies to her family.
Posted by Rita Richardson (Miller) on January 9, 2019
I came to know Teri as the big sis of Lori. Teri always had a good sense of humor and a kind heart. Every now and then Lori would give her a little “sad” and Teri would give it back to her. I’m sure she will be missed by so many.
Posted by K. Hope on January 9, 2019
May the peace of God guard your heart at this time of sadness, and the resurrection hope comfort your hearts. John 5:28,29.
Posted by Ford and Susan Burgess in January 2018. on January 8, 2019
We are sorry to hear about Teri and your loss. We knew her well. She was a wonderful wife and Mother.
Posted by Ford and Susan Burgess on January 8, 2019
We are sorry to hear about Teri and your loss. We knew her well. She was a wonderful wife and Mother.
Posted by Lexie Breukelman on January 7, 2019
I was so heart sick to hear of Teri's passing, Prayers to her whole family.
Posted by Val & Dawn Luckett & Family on January 6, 2019
Our Thoughts and prayers are with you all
Posted by Ann Aalbers on January 5, 2019
Teri was so much fun to work with and always willing to help. I always enjoyed visiting with her. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family.
Posted by Dan and Jan Clark on January 5, 2019
It's hard to understand why we lose our loved ones our heart are with you Claude and Cohen. We will so miss Terri she was a sweet girl!
Posted by LeAnn Gjernes on January 3, 2019
So sorry to hear of your loss. She was a special person!
Posted by Vicky Burgess on January 3, 2019
Terri is one person I could take too,I will miss her very much.love you very much.
Posted by Susan Park on January 3, 2019
I had the privilege of knowing Teri for many years. She was a kind, fun loving, witty, wonderful person! Sending daily prayers for you Claude and Colin. Teri will be missed in our family!
Posted by Pam Koupal on January 3, 2019
Teri was such an amazing kind person. Always loved talking with her over the years. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. May you feel the warmth of God's love as he helps you through this difficult time.
Posted by DeAnna & Mike Oakes on January 3, 2019
Our deepest sadness for your loss Claude. We love you and Teri and will miss her greatly. She was so genuine and kind. Her tracks of love will forever be on our hearts. We are here for you Claude anytime and you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Shelly Wagaman on January 2, 2019
Eugene and I truly enjoyed Terri's hospitality and company - she was just a genuine person. We wish to extend our condolences to the family - many prayers for your hearts.
Posted by Kathye Fouberg on January 2, 2019
Teri was always a bright spot in my day! So sorry to hear of her passing. Thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Dawna VanOverschelde on January 2, 2019
So sorry to hear about Teri. She was such a bright light here at work and will be missed by all of us! Thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Posted by Susan Kiepke on January 2, 2019
Teri was so kind and considerate. She will be missed by many. She had such a positive attitude, even when you could see she was in pain. She is now at peace and flying with the angels.
Posted by Dawn Grissom on January 2, 2019
So very sorry to hear about Teri, what a wonderful lady, co-worker and friend. She will be greatly missed. Always so sweet to everyone. Prayers to the family.
Posted by Deb and Reg Young on January 1, 2019
We are so very sorry about Teri. She was such an awesome co-worker and friend. She will be deeply missed. Prayers to the whole family.
Posted by Elmer & Nancy Peterson on January 1, 2019
we are so sorry for loosing such a great cousin. we wish the family comfort in the coming days!
Posted by Louise McGannon on January 1, 2019
So sorry to hear about Teri. She was always so pleasant and kind.
Posted by Annette Andersen on December 31, 2018
So sorry for your loss. Teri was an amazing person!
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