Teresa “Terri” Bridget Alvarez-Jones, 87, of Tampa, Florida, passed away peacefully on October 27, 2020 with her family by her side.
Teresa was born December 1, 1932, in London, England, to the late Thomas and Bridget Nolan. As an accomplished roller skater at the age of 17, she traveled to the United States after auditioning and landing a role with the Skating Vanities. She later went on to obtain her United States Citizenship in 1958. Three years later she joined the Flying Zacchini Brothers of Tampa as a trapeze artist. Their performances were an intricate part of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus that dazzled audiences around the United States. It was there she met George Alvarez, her “catcher” and future husband. After a year of courtship, they married and eventually left the circus to settled down and start a family in South Tampa. Together they had one son. Tragically, George passed away suddenly of a heart attack eight years later, leaving her a widow at the young age of 31 with a young son to care for. After his passing, Teresa began a 26-year career with Hertz Rent-A-Car at Tampa International Airport. She absolutely loved and adored her work family. During this time, she met Robert Jones, whom she married and had one daughter, Laura. Unfortunately, that union did not last long and she found herself to be a single mother of two young children. With no support, she was often forced to work long hours of overtime and part time second jobs to ensure her children had a roof over their heads and food on the table. Although those times were very difficult, she always remained strong, hardworking, loving, and an extremely devoted mother to her children.
After her retirement in 1994, she continued to reside in Tampa where she enjoyed volunteering part-time at University Community Hospital-Carrollwood. Teresa was a devoted Catholic and an avid reader with a very large book collection. She primarily enjoyed works of non-fiction, especially history. She was happiest spending hours curled up with a good book, a cup of hot tea, and her beloved cat Eskimo. She was a huge animal lover; she was often found to be feeding any and all strays. She also enjoyed watching black and white movies, history movies, going to lunch with her friends, playing Bingo, knitting, and spending time with her family.
Teresa is predeceased by her parents Thomas and Bridget Nolan, sister Margaret DePenning, brother-in-law John Depenning, and one niece- all who resided in London, England-and her beloved husband George M. Alvarez.
Teresa is survived by her daughter, Laura Jones-Dibble and husband Richard of Brooksville, Florida; her three grandchildren: Michael Vernal, Vincent Cupo and Jacqueline Cupo; one niece, and her estranged son Alan Alvarez of Land O Lakes, Florida.
My beautiful mother, you will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts. May you rest in eternal peace in the arms of our heavenly Father.
Her final wish was to be laid to rest next to her beloved husband George M. Alvarez at Woodlawn Cemetery in Tampa, Florida.
A private family service will be held at the time of burial.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her honor to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
"ENTRUSTED TO OUR CARE"
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