Theresa Kay Crowe Dill was born in Prosser, Washington, on March 11, 1959, to William Frederick Crowe Sr. and Betty Jane Jackman Crowe.
Theresa was raised by her maternal grandparents, James Clifford Jackman and Eunice Bernice Jackman, near Fristoe. She grew up on what she lovingly referred to as “The Farm.” She loved her grandparents very much and often remarked that she couldn’t have had more loving parents. Her granddad kept a pint of whiskey under the truck seat, and they’d have a little nip on cold days. On hot days, the farm equipment would break down, and they’d go to Dairy Queen for parts. Legend has it that she was spoiled, and she didn’t disagree.
Theresa was an avid horse rider. She “would take off on her horse and be gone all day.” She was also a barrel racer. She loved farming with her granddad, chasing cows, milking and pulling pranks on visiting city slickers. Her nickname was “Meanie Kay.” She also had aunts, uncles, cousins, and her brother and sister, Bill Crowe and Jo Ann Crowe Cox, around to play with and harass.
She graduated from Warsaw High School in 1977 and went to work at Rival Manufacturing in Clinton. It was while working there that she met Jack Dill and, once he was house broken, taught to wear clothes and use a fork, married him on May 16, 1981. They moved to Enid, Oklahoma, where she worked at various jobs and had their first child, Amanda Bernice Dill, in 1982. They moved to Selmore in 1985 where Travis Lee Dill was born. They bought a little house on a couple of acres in Long Lane in 1987, and Tyler Ross Dill completed the family in 1988. She got to have her own little farm with cows, ducks, cats, dogs and even a pony.
In 1990, she went to college and nursing school, graduating in June 1995, from Burge School of Nursing.
She began her nursing career at Meadowbrook Manor, which became Colonial Springs, a skilled nursing facility in Buffalo. She quickly worked her way from night shift to day shift. She was board certified as a gerontological nurse in 1998. She served as the assistant director of nursing from 1998 to 2000. She was promoted to director of nursing in 2000, and her nursing department was deficiency-free for seven years.
She earned her Nursing Home Administrators License in 2003 and became the administrator of Colonial Springs in 2008. During her tenure as administrator, she achieved a five star rating by the Centers for Medicaid/Medicare Service for two straight years. She was awarded Administrator of the Year in 2009 by the Missouri Health Care Association, District 4. The entire facility was deficiency free for the last three years of her time there. Other awards were Outstanding Achievement in Safety, Customer Satisfaction Award and Facility Leadership Award.
She retired in 2018, but it didn’t last. In January 2019, she went to work for Ozarks Community Health Center until February 2020, when illness forced her to leave.
She loved taking care of the residents at Colonial Springs. She knew each one of them by name, knew their medical conditions, medicines, family members and personalities. She would often help feed them at meal times. She made lifelong friends with her co-workers and staff. She will be remembered for her grit, iron will and determination for excellence, as well as her wisdom and capacity for caring about others.
Theresa passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, from heart failure.
Theresa was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents and her sister, Jo Ann Cox.
She is survived by her husband, Jack L. Dill, of Buffalo, her daughter Amanda Dill Kennedy of Pleasant Hope, her son Travis Dill and wife Tiffany of Buffalo, her son Tyler Dill and fiancee Melissa McCord of Fair Grove; her grandchildren, Rylee Dill, Sydney Kennedy, Andrew Kennedy and Natalie Kennedy; her brother, Bill Crowe and wife Kathy of Edwards; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the Cantlon-Otterness and Viets Funeral Home, Buffalo.