The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — Teresa Lynn Hedrick, 56, passed from this life Tuesday, July 23, 2013, after a long illness. Teresa was born on March 4, 1957, in Tahlequah to James and Betty Hedrick.
She graduated from Okmulgee High School and attended Oklahoma State University and the Oklahoma University of Arts and Sciences. She married Brad Bingham in 1978, and their son, Tristan Bingham, was born in 1989.
In 2012, her life-long dream of having a daughter came true when Tristan married Teresa Schwinghamer, and the “two Teresas” quickly bonded as mother and daughter. Tristan and Teresa were able to move back to Oklahoma to help care for their mother in the final weeks of her illness.
Teresa loved being a mother more than anything else in her life. She was a vocal supporter of Tristan’s baseball, football and band activities. Nothing made her happier than listening to him play the marimba. Whether they were hiking in Colorado, boating at Lake Murray, meeting Mickey Mouse at Disney World or swimming with dolphins in Florida, she was childlike in her joy, always up for an adventure.
Teresa had returned to college shortly before she was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer in 2010. Although her illness derailed her educational plans, she never lost hope that she would finally get a remission that would allow her to complete her degree in counseling.
Her father, James Hedrick, of Lindsay, preceded Teresa in death.
She is survived by son, Tristan Bingham and daughter-in-law Teresa Schwinghamer of Norman; mother, Betty Hedrick; and sister, Vanessa Hedrick of Lindsay; sister and brother-in-law, Michael and Gail Mullins of Norman; and nieces and nephews Ashley and Matt Nelson of Oklahoma City, Meghan Mullins and Mario Moreno of Palo Alto, Calif., and Kelsey Mullins of Norman.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church in Norman with the Rev. Abbey Walker officiating.
Memorial gifts may be made to the EIF National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance.
Arrangements for Teresa Hedrick and her family were placed in the care of the Vice family at Havenbrook Funeral Home in Norman.
Online condolences may be shared at havenbrookfuneralhome.com.
Norman Transcript, Sunday, July 28, 2013