Anna Teresa Laughlin, 61, passed away on Thursday, April 22, 2021 in Fort Worth. Memorial Service: 11 a.m. Thursday, April 29, at First Baptist Church, 301 S. Center St., Arlington. The service will be livestreamed at: https://livestream.com/fbcarlington/laughlin-memorial . Memorials: Memorials may be made to the PE Department at Remynse Elementary School in her honor. Teresa was born on October 10, 1959 in Fort Worth, Texas to Thomas Timothy Ballard and Anna Marie Bailey Ballard. She was raised in Arlington and graduated in 1978 from Lamar High School. Teresa resided in Odessa for 15 years before returning to Arlington. She was a public school PE teacher for 35 years. Teresa taught at Remynse Elementary in Arlington for 20 years before retiring. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Arlington. Teresa dearly loved her children, family, and friends. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and spending time with her grandchildren. Teresa was preceded in death by her father; and brother, Michael Ballard. Survivors: Husband of 40 years, Reny Laughlin; daughter, Renea Tolson and husband, Brad; son, Garren Laughlin and wife, Tori; mother, Anna Marie Zeigler; grandchildren, Taylan, Levi and Logan. Wade Family Funeral Home (817) 274-9233

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  1. What a beautiful person, woman, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Those of us who were close to her are so richly blessed. This is actually the anniversary of our weekend get- together to shop, home decorate, and enjoy our friendship as “Spenders.” I was adopted into the group, which consisted of Teresa, her mother-in-law (Rene), her aunt by marriage (Ronda), and one or two other friends of the family. I miss those times yet will always cherish the memories. I send my love, hugs, and heartfelt condolences to her family. From our lives into the loving, gracious arms of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

  2. Reny, our deepest sympathy to you and the family for your loss. She will be missed by all. I’ll never forget the road trip I took in the ‘big RV’ with Gary and Rene and others of the family from Midland to Arlington to be an usher in yours and Teresa’s wedding. That was a good memory. She reminded me of Aunt Rene. Just a down to earth good person to everyone. Love you Cousin.

  3. Teresa and I went to grade school together and all the way through graduation. We both played basketball and track at Lamar High School. I have so many fond memories of our friendship. We recently reconnected in 2015, and I’m so grateful for the time we had together. She will be missed on earth but I will see her again someday. Pam

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