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Teri Jean (Nichols) Shaull
1931 - 2017

Teri (Nichols) Shaull joined our Father on March 16, 2017, in Rocklin, California. Beloved wife of the late Robert Lee Shaull, whom she had shared almost 49 years of marriage with before his death in 1999. Cherished mother to her three children and their spouses: Rhonda and Bruce Swift, Linda and Italo Calvaresi and Scott and Sally Shaull. Beloved grandmother to Andrew Borton and his wife, Monike; Matt Borton; Amanda Borton; Robert Swift; Alex Swift and his wife, Jenn; Samantha Swift; Scott Shaull Jr.; and Stephanie Shaull. Sister of Elaine Handy. Teri was preceded in death by 7 of her 8 siblings: Walker Cleo, Adrian Roy, Ruth Irene, Rachel Inez, Walter Fred, Delbert Lee and Allan Dee Nichols.

Teri was known for her hospitality, unpredictable humor, love of people and family. She was always up for a good practical joke, was an avid reader and enjoyed playing card and board games. In her adult
years, she studied Spanish and Sign Language.

She was born January 30, 1931, in Bakersfield, California, to Walker Cleveland
and V. Nichols and lived there most of her life.

Teri grew up, like many in the area, working in the agricultural fields and
packing sheds. She graduated from East Bakersfield High School and for a few years worked as a telephone operator until she and a girlfriend decided to go on a “road trip” adventure. They traveled first to Oregon, then to Indiana, where she met the love of her life, Robert Lee Shaull. After a whirlwind courtship, consisting of two whole weeks, they were married in Indiana on August 19, 1950. Most of their married years were lived in Bakersfield, but they lived briefly in Angola, Indiana, where Teri discovered new friends and a love for snow and woodlots.

Teri was a wife and mother first, but neighbors always found an open door, warm heart and hot pot of coffee ready for anyone dropping in. She was a volunteer for her three children’s PTAs, was active in a sorority and loved bunko nights with friends. She was always present at her children’s sporting, music and school events. She and the entire family became active at University Baptist Church (now Parkside Church) in the late 1960s, where she served on boards and committees, as a Sunday School teacher and as a chaperone on retreats. She also hosted many lunches, Bible studies, and dinners, including many for the church’s guest speakers. Teri was a prayer warrior!

She hosted homemade ice cream socials in her backyard. She and her husband considered it a privilege to support their church and many missionaries over the years. Teri also worked part-time as a bookkeeper for her husband’s firm, Shaull Construction. As her kids left home, she and Bob took up golf – and she was good! Her teenage “road trip” spawned a life-long love for travel, including Niagara Falls, Boston, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, the Caribbean, Syria, Jordan, Israel, Austria, Switzerland and Africa.

She took her best trip ever this past Thursday...an eternal trip to Heaven, having flown peacefully into the arms of her savior Jesus Christ.

Family and friends are invited to a celebration of her life - Monday, March 27th, at 1:30 pm at Parkside Church in Bakersfield (2515 Church Ave.)

In lieu of flowers, please direct gifts to Bayside Church for Outreach Ministries: Bayside Church (8191 Sierra College Blvd.), Roseville, CA 95661 or visit: http://granitebay.baysideonline.com/give/


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