Terry Ann LaLone, mother of four, grandmother of six grandchildren and beloved wife of Thomas J. LaLone of 54 years, died suddenly at home in the early morning hours of February 17, 2022. Terry was born on March 28. , 1944, in Aberdeen, WA, to Robert and Lou Ann Gassman. Terry attended Holy Names in elementary school and high school. There, she forged very close friendships that would last for the rest of her life. In 1959, at a Gonzaga Prep dance, Terry and her future husband, Tom, were introduced by their mutual friend and future priest, Father Peter Byrne, SJ Tom and Terry were married in 1963 at Our Catholic Church. -Lady of Fatima in Spokane. They spent the next 54 years together until Tom passed away in 2017. To Terry’s family and many friends, she was kind, compassionate, generous and one of the most fun-loving people. She had an infectious smile, a larger than life personality, and the most energetic laughter in the Pacific Northwest. She was a voracious reader and a member of several book clubs. She was the life of every party and her presence always lit up any room as soon as she entered. Terry was gifted with multiple talents that allowed her to never forget a name, instantly remember personal details about people, and make everyone she came in contact with feel special and important. As her beloved husband Tom wrote to her shortly before his death, “Terry, you are simply the best!” Terry had an insatiable appetite for adventure. She was an intrepid world traveler from a young age. She loved learning about different cultures, traditions and customs and, of course, interacting with locals in remote places around the world. After devoting her life to raising her four children, she decided to turn her passion for traveling around the world into a thriving and bustling travel agency, Edwards LaLone Travel, an agency that still operates today in downtown Spokane. She has built a stellar reputation as a picky travel planner who has consistently served up world-class travel experiences to her many clients. While she loved to travel the globe, one of her favorite places on earth was Lake Coeur d’Alene. From “F Dock” to the Coeur d’Alene Resort, she and Tom have provided countless happy hours, sleepovers, water excursions, meals and lake souvenirs for family and friends. Terry illustrated what it means to live your life in service to others. In addition to her devotion to her husband, children and grandchildren, she was an active and contributing member of the Spokane community. She was the former president of the Spokane Junior League. She has supported many local, regional and national events and charities. She was actively involved as a volunteer with Union Gospel Mission, Women Helping Women, and Gonzaga Prep, where she and Tom sent their four children to high school. She was also passionate about living a faith-filled life as a devout Catholic. Over the years, she had been a member of St. Augustine Catholic Parish, Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, and St. Aloysius Parish. Terry is survived by his children Sydney Ann LaLone, Dwight Robert LaLone, Theresa Lynn (LaLone) Keyes and her husband J. Michael Keyes, his grandchildren, Jacob Keyes, Grace Keyes, Tess Keyes, Giselle Tevlin, Thomas LaLone and Marley LaLone. Terry is also survived by his sisters-in-law Jeanne Ager, Julie Johnson, Janet Hart and Don Hart (brother-in-law), brother-in-law Lance LaLone and Patty Biesecher (sister-in-law). She was loved and proud of all her nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Terry was predeceased by her beloved husband of 54 years, Tom LaLone, by her parents, Robert and Lou Ann Gassman, her cherished son Grant Thomas LaLone and her sister-in-law Jill Bennet. A Rosary Vigil Service will be held at the Gonzaga Prep Chapel of the Three Companions at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 24 (with viewing beginning at 5:00 p.m.). The Christian Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Aloysius Catholic Church on Friday, February 25 at 12:00 p.m. (with viewing beginning at 11:00 p.m.). The reception will follow at the Barbieri Center in Gonzaga Prep at 3:00 p.m., following a short prayer service at Holy Cross Cemetery. The family would be honored to receive your support for the Terry and Tom LaLone Memorial Scholarship recently established to recognize and support outstanding students in Gonzaga Prep’s tradition of academic excellence and servant leadership. Donations can be sent directly to Gonzaga Prep at 1224 E. Euclid Ave., Spokane, WA 99207.
Published by Spokesman-Review from February 23 to March 22, 2022.