“Terri” Theresa Ann Olds

Date of Birth

March 2, 1923

Date of Death

March 31, 2016

Mom passed away peacefully in her home with her family by her side. She was blessed to live a full and wonderful life in her 93 years. She will be greatly missed by family and friends. Terri was born in Plainfield, New Jersey to Mary and Joseph Luca, Italian immigrants.She graduated high school and attended business college there. In 1945, she met the love of her life, Phil Olds. They met on a bus going to New York City. Terri and her girlfriend were going to see “Annie get Your Gun.”(Terri loved to recollect this story). By fate, they were riding on the same bus on the way back. Two years later Terri and Phil were married in Plainfield. After honeymooning in Cuba, they moved to Summerland, CA and resided with Phil’s folks, Frank and Marjorie Olds. Terri worked in the post office in Summerland for a short time. They moved to an apartment in Santa Barbara shortly after their first child was born. The couple raised 5 children: Kristen Olds-Santiago of Santa Barbara; Kim Olds-Olson(Gary) of Kelseyville CA; Meg Olds-Beach(Stan) also of Kelseyville; Beth Waugh(Bruce) of Goleta; and Rick Olds of Goleta. She also had 6 Grandchildren: Anna Padilla(Mike) of Goodyear,Arizona; Kellen Olson of Campbell,CA. Kaitlin Waugh of Scottsdale, Arizona; Natalie Waugh of Goleta; Parker Waugh of Goleta: and Jaden Olds of Goleta. Terri also had 3 Great grandchildren: Matteo, Cyrus and Alania Padilla of Goodyear, Arizona. She is also survived by her niece Terri Ann Luca Razzano of Hudson, Florida. Terri worked as a legal secretary before being hired at Santa Barbara Savings and Loan. She worked for the Savings and Loan for 30 years as a loan officer.

Enjoying traveling and the outdoors, Terri and Phil took their family to 2 World Fairs and camping in Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Jedediah Smith State Park.

Terri also spent many wonderful weekend days at the beaches of Santa Barbara county. In ’69 Terri and Phil moved to Goleta. After retiring, Terri became a member of the Cathedral Oaks Tennis Club and competed in many tournaments. She and Phil also traveled to tennis tournaments including Palm Springs and the US Open. Around this time, they purchased a lot in South Lake Tahoe and built a cabin. Terri spent many happy vacation moments there with family. Terri was an avid bridge player and she and Phil spent many fun evenings playing with various bridge groups. Terri and family also belonged to the Old Mission, San Roque, and St. Raphael’s parishes and attended masses over the years. Terri and Phil traveled to Europe, Greece, the Grand Canyon and the Panama Canal. Terri lost her beloved Phil in November ’99. In 2002, Terri took her 4 daughters to Italy where they met up with Rick in Rome, a wonderful time was had by all. ‘Arrivederci our dear Mom, God be with you ’til we meet again.’

A rosary will be held at Welch-Ryce-Haider 450 Ward Dr., SB on Friday, April 15th at 7pm. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, April 16th at 10 am at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church 5444 Hollister Ave., SB. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Santa Barbara or the Alzheimer’s Association.


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