Tributes have been made to a kind, generous and devoted family lady who passed away while on holiday in the Canary Islands.Teresa Braley, aged just 46 years was a devoted wife, mother of two young girls, daughter, sister, auntie and friend to so many, who will always be remembered for her cheerful smile, kind words, fun loving nature and charitable deeds. Teresa was born in Honiton, the second daughter of Mike and Angie Clarke. Her sister Lorraine was delighted with the arrival of her little sister on April 19th, 1971.
Teresa was a student at Honiton Community College and later attended Exeter Technical College. Her employment history included working at the Salston Manor Hotel in Ottery St Mary, Rainbow Superstore in Honiton, Oscar Mayer in Chard, Haselbury Mill and at Misterton First School. Most recently, Teresa worked at Crewkerne Post Office. Everyone who knew Teresa has been saddened and shocked by the tragic news. Crewkerne Post Office said: ” Our thoughts are with Teresa’s family at this very sad time. She was a highly respected and loved member of staff and a dear friend, who will be sadly missed by all the staff and customers of both Crewkerne Post Office and Dailyz. Teresa was a caring, committed and inspiring lady who had such a passion for life and spent so much of her time helping others and raising money for charities.”
In 2014 Teresa took part in the Race For Life at Vivary Park in Taunton, raising funds for Cancer Research UK. In October last year, she carried out her first parachute jump at Hinton Airfield in Oxfordshire. Speaking afterwards Teresa said: “It was a totally amazing experience and I want to do it again.” The sponsored charity event, including proceeds from a bingo held locally, raised £1,200 for Bowel Cancer UK, in memory of Teresa and Lorraine’s father Mike who passed away from the disease. Teresa was always happy when she was helping others and was a great support to her sister throughout life, and much appreciated help in the kitchen at the monthly indoor markets in Merriott.
Lorraine and her brother-in-law Phillip Braley flew over to Gran Canaria when they received the news that Teresa had been taken seriously ill. With help from the British Consulate they were able to locate the hospital in Las Palmas but sadly it was too late and Teresa passed away on Friday February 2nd. Teresa’s link with the Canary Islands will live on. In a final act of benevolence, the gift of life has been given to others in the Spanish community. Speaking from Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, Lorraine said: “I know that my sister would want to do good even in her passing. She will now always be on holiday here.
“Myself, Phillip and our families are overwhelmed by the amount of love and support that so many have shown. Your messages have brought us some comfort at this difficult time.” A bingo in memory of Teresa was held at Misterton village hall on Monday evening. A fundraising page has been set up on www.justgiving.com and Crewkerne Post Office will be holding a collection at the post office in Teresa’s memory and all donations will be given to charities chosen by her family. In a final statement from Crewkerne Post Office they said: “Teresa was such a massive part of Crewkerne Post Office, it will never be the same without her. She was loved by everyone that knew her and leaves us all with such special memories. She will never be forgotten and will live on in the hearts of us all.”