Terry Throne, 74, spouse of the Reverend Bob Throne, died April 18, 2017 of heart failure, after several years of illness. Terry was born July 25, 1942 into a Jewish family, but became a “thoroughgoing UU” when she and Bob discovered the Hartford Connecticut Meeting House in the mid-1970’s.
At that time, Terry and Bob were among the pioneers of cross racial adoption, and Terry chaired the CT Open Door Society, nurturing many adoptive families and children. In that period they also signed on to a major open housing lawsuit. They delighted in the fact their home was in Bloomfield, CT, a well integrated town that welcomed their children, amidst many still segregated suburbs.
She had worked a variety of “people caring” jobs over the years, including directing the Children’s Program at Ferry Beach and as Director of Religious Education at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County from 1987 to 1995. Although she had suffered two heart attacks and a nasty stroke, Terry had fought back and resumed caring for a grandchild 13 years ago.
Terry was an extrovert, and made and kept friends readily. She and Bob developed many relationships among neighbors and from their congregations, the many GA’s, District and cluster meetings, and Star Island. She is survived by her husband; two children, Daryn Roven and Cambria Hill; and four grandchildren, Mattie & Kareem Jr and Jonathan & Sophia, plus “adopted” grandchildren among family friends.
Notes of condolence can be sent to Robert Throne, 1916 Fleming Avenue, Willow Grove, PA 19090.
Memorial gifts may be sent to: The Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration (6900 Stenton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19150).