NORMAN — Therese Janette Fitzhugh was born April 5, 1943, in Vandalia, Ill., the only child of John E. Fitzhugh and Frieda Mae Whalen. She lived in New Harmony, Ind., graduating from St. Theresa Grade School in 1958 and Mater Dei High School in 1962. She graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in psychology.
She contracted polio at the age of 12, and through her life and career, she was active in Easter Seals and other organizations for the physically challenged. She worked her entire adult life promoting barrier-free access to public places for the physically challenged. She participated in Wheelchair Games and Paralympic Games for 6 years, earning bronze, silver and gold medals in track and bowling.
She was successful in business, working in New Jersey for 13 years for a pharmaceutical company and several law firms. She was also actively involved in her Catholic faith through her church in Indiana and Oklahoma, teaching classes, preparing instructors and singing. She was a lover of the arts — she was very talented in many artistic venues.
She died Jan. 18, 2014, at her home in Norman. A memorial prayer service will be 1 p.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial and internment will be held at a later date.
Norman Transcript, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014
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