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Theresa M. Emerson

April 17, 1952 — October 31, 2018

Theresa Marie Emerson, 66, Kansas City Missouri passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Born April 17, 1952 in Kansas City, Kansas. She was the daughter of Carl and Dorothy Steinmetz.
Theresa was a graduate of Bishop Ward Highschool and from Cosmetology School, and she became a successful lifelong stylist. She was a Mary Kay Cosmetic Consultant. She had a Home Day Care for over fifteen years. She was involved with Scouts, Coaching Sports, and Neighborhood Organizing. She was involved in politics and founder of ORCA. Theresa was on the Platte County Board of Commission for Special Needs, and she raised funds to build the Variety KC Playground for children with special needs.
Our Mom was a Loving and Loyal Wife of 47 years, a loving daughter; adored by her parents, and a loving sister who ensured her family stayed together.
The best description of Theresa: Selfless. Never was a woman as giving of herself to her family, her friends and to all those in need of a delicious meal and a mothers hug. She worked hard her entire life, always dedicating her efforts to the happiness to those around her.
One of her favorite quotes she lived each day by, "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away".
She was a brilliant, competitive, award-winning marksman and loyal to those she Loved. Forever a guardian forged in the alley behind her childhood home. She had many talents, including Writing, Speaking, Singing, Baking, Cooking, but above all others, Loving. Her recognizable voice and boisterous laughter were contagious. Known for her musical skills, her powerful, angelic voice would drown out the most talented choirs as she sang beautiful songs. She was a woman of many words containing purpose-filled messages with meaningful life-lessons. She made all feel welcome and brought purpose to our family and holiday celebrations.
She was a mother to many, giving love to all her children; birth children, children by marriage, grandchildren, day care children, students, proteges, and so many more. These children grew up into successful, loving people. Her Care and Love Supporting them, Each Step of the Way.
Mom knew how to laugh. She would take over a room and bring joy to each gathering. She had a heart of gold and never gave up, on anyone or anything, no matter the situation. She always knew what to say and do to lift a soul even from the darkest crevice. Mission Status: Mom. You knew it would be handled.
Mom, we know you are still with each of us, permanently embedded. We will continue to thank you for your Sacrifice, every single day. You helped us become, who we are and we will continue to Live Our Lives to Make you Proud. Love you Mom.
Theresa is survived by her husband Don; her Children: daughter Dawn and her husband Matt, son Shawn and his wife Katherine, son Terry and his wife Cynthia, daughter Rene and her husband Ryan, daughter Cara, Her son Brian and his wife Jessica; her brothers Frank, Mike and Thomas and sister Patricia; Her fourteen grandchildren.
All services will be held at St. Therese Catholic Church, 7207 Hwy 9, Kansas City, MO 64152. The Rosary will be prayed at 5:30 p.m. on Tues., Nov. 6th with visitation following until 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Wed., Nov. 7th. Interment Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Kansas City, KS. Memorial contributions may be made to the Special Olympics, 9001 W. 67th St., Merriam, KS 66202. Condolences may be expressed to the family and photos viewed at

Eulogy will begin at 9:45 am

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 5:30 PM
St. Therese Of Parkville 7207 M0-9 Kansas City, Mo 64152
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
St. Therese Of Parkville 7207 M0-9 Kansas City, Mo 64152
Funeral Mass
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 10:00 AM
St. Therese Of Parkville 7207 M0-9 Kansas City, Mo 64152

Eulogy will begin at 9:45 am Burial
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Mt. Calvary Cemetery 38 & State Kansas City, Kansas 66102
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