Obituary of Terita Hagstrom
Terita Warner Hagstrom passed away on Friday, September 1, 2017 surrounded by her family and friends. Terita was born on Noverber 7, 1946 in Lafayette, Alabama to Margaret Blanche Robinson and Lewis Elvin, Jr. Warner, a family dedicated to U.S. Civil Service at Fort Benning, Georgia.
At 16 Terita started work in West Point, Georgia as a bank teller. She graduated from Alabama's Troop County High School and attended the University of Georgia with a 2 year scholarship from the Methodist Church.
She managed a bank branch in Athens, Georgia. Terita met Raiford Gustaf Hagstrom, Jr., in Athens at the Campus Bookstore. Together they made life-long friends from their college years. They married in west Point, Georgia on September 11, 1965. They settled in DeLand, Florida to raise 2 children Linnea Margaret and Rhett A.
Terita would build a strong base of friends, family and business in Central Florida. Terita lived a farming and ranching life in Volusia and Flagler counties. As a broker/realtor, Terita crowned her career at The Baumgartner Company in DeLand, Florida.
Terita loved animals and cared for many pets not limited to horses, dogs and cats; but bluebirds, hermit crabs, a bald eagle, countless tree frogs and lizards included. Loyal to their Alma Mater, Terita and Raiford were strong to support the Georgia Bulldogs. Legendary Coach Vince Dooley visited and dined at their home. Her love of Leatherleaf fern and flowers is unmatched!
Her natural florist skills were enhanced by formal floral design courses which helped to market Florida's Fern Industry. This extended to International farming in Costa Rica. Terita lovingly maintained our cherished heirloom Camelia Trees which date from the early 1920's; each named for Townsend family members and the late Marion L. Turner of Pierson, Florida.
As a sportswoman, Terita stands out from the crowd with laurels from the Black Marlin "Grander Club" G.B.R. Australia. She logged ocean travels to ports of call all over the world with the Hagstroms, Fogles, Sullivans, Baldauffs, Cantrells, Stumps, and Gentrys. An original Bahama Mama, Terita spanned the world on 5 of 7 continents. Terita loved tennis. She was in the Daisy Garden Club and represented her family businesses well. Mary Farms was a cherished part of her family life. So many friends in so many circles of interests demonstrate how Terita loved life. Terita's southern accent and beautiful smile will be missed. "She never met a stranger." Terita is preceded in death by many wonderful family and friends for whom she cared for in their time of need and after.
Survivors include her mother, Margaret Blanche Warner, husband, Raiford Gustaf Hagstrom, Jr., both of DeLand, son, Rhett A. Hagstrom, Pierson; daughter, Linnea Margaret Hagstrom Ford and son in law, Tyler Ford, grandson, Hoyt A. Hagstrom all of DeLand. Her brother, Lewis Elvin Warner III, sister in law, Etta Jean Miller Warner Columbus, Georgia. Friend, Priscilla Mae Walker Butler, Orange City, Florida Carl J. Bianchi, Deltona, Florida. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. John Kern, Nathan Gallimore and William Barrie were great friends. As were the Fernandez-Mata Family of Cartago, Costa Rica.
A special thank you to the many friends who helped battle cancer in Baltimore's Mercy Hospital and DeLand/Orange City Halifax Hospice.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Pierson United Methodist Church at 136, West 2nd Ave., Pierson, Florida on Thursday, September 7 at 11:00AM.
Leatherleaf with flowers only please!