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Theresa Erwin

October 18, 1932 — April 13, 2022

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Theresa Thomas Erwin (Moreno), 89, died on April 13, 2022 after a prolonged battle with Lewy Body Dementia. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Harold Erwin, Jr. and Anthony Moreno, her loving parents, seven unforgettable sisters, her granddaughter, Skye and her beloved son, Bob Erwin. She is survived by four children; Rebecca Erwin Spencer (Dan), John Erwin (Laura), David Erwin (Nancy) and Julie Erwin. Theresa is survived by six grandchildren; Ryan Erwin (Alexa), Ashley Matta (Danny), Brandon Erwin (Lindsey), Alex Erwin, Claudia Tanksley and Camille Tanksley. as well as 6 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and other extended family.

She was born Theresa Thomas in Toccoa, GA in 1932, and she was the second youngest of eight lively daughters. The Thomas sisters loved one another and were greatly adored. Anytime the Thomas sisters got together, you knew the house would be filled with laughter. Theresa outlived them all and always recalled her sisters with devotion.

In 1951, she married Harold Erwin, Jr. They lived in the Greater Atlanta area and began raising a family of five. In 1962, the family moved to the Cleveland, Ohio suburb of Highland Heights. But in 1974, the Erwins relocated to Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Wherever Theresa went, she and her family were loved and admired.

Theresa focused on motherhood but then joined the workforce late in life. She worked many years for NAICC, an insurance company, and climbed to the position of Vice President. In 1987, after her children were adults, Theresa accepted a company move that sent her to Long Beach, California. She resided in the Golden State for 29 years. But she always considered Georgia her home.

Soon after the death of Harold in 1998, Theresa met and married Anthony Moreno, and they retired to the Sun Lakes community in Banning, CA near Palm Springs.

Theresa’s lifelong dream was to become a singer, so she and Tony, who also loved to croon, became beloved musical entertainers at their retirement community.

When Tony died in 2016, Theresa relocated to Atlanta to live with her daughter Julie and near her other family members.

Theresa loved singing, her family, and dogs. She enjoyed watching Law & Order and MSNBC. A lifelong Democrat, she worried about GOP victories during every election. She enjoyed cooking and always worried she hadn’t made enough food. While entertaining at home, she worried there weren’t enough chairs. Though she was proud of her children’s accomplishments, she worried they might lose their jobs. Worry was a constant theme. But now all her worries have ended.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Lifeline Animal Project, Toco Hills Community Alliance, The Lewy Body Dementia Association or the Democratic candidate of your choice.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 30th at the A.S. Turner & Sons Funeral Home, 2773 N. Decatur Rd. Decatur, 30033 at 11:00 am with a reception following at Rebecca’s house. Details will be provided upon request.

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Saturday, April 30, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Chapel of A. S. Turner & Sons

2773 North Decatur Road, Decatur, GA 30033


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