Terrie Lura

terrie lura
Terrie Ann Lura, 69, left us to be with the Lord on April 12, 2021 after a short battle with cancer while wintering in San Tan Valley, Arizona. Terrie Ann Thompson was born at St. Luke's Hospital in Fargo, ND to William and Helen (Ambroson) Thompson on June 2, 1951. Along with her big brother Dale, she spent her childhood years in Clifford, ND where she attended school and graduated from Clifford-Galesburg high school in 1969. While attending Mayville State Teachers College, she started dating Duey Lura (whom she had met years earlier at Red Willow Bible Camp),eventually marrying him on Dec. 19, 1970. Beginning in 1972, Terrie started a long career of teaching alongside her husband. They began their teaching careers that led them from Clifford to Binford/Cooperstown, ND, and teaching everything from elementary to high school, music to band (along with some Math and Reading). In 1989, after a short stint as a hospital recruiter, Terrie, Duey and their sons packed up and moved across the country where she taught in Arlington & Stanwood, Washington. During that time, while teaching and being a mom, Terrie also earned her Masters Degree in Education from Lesley College. Moving back to North Dakota and settling in Fargo in 1996, Terrie wrapped up her teaching years at Oak Grove and Moorhead Junior High, as well as consulting at Moorhead State for Music instruction. Her no-nonsense and hard working personality presented some of the most amazing school programs that parents and students alike will remember! Even above her amazing accomplishments within the school setting, Terrie’s love of directing music really came together when she merged both experienced and novice singers to make the most beautiful music for worship. Terrie’s mission in life was to make every church choir or praise team the best it could be and to have a great deal of fun in the process. Retiring at the age of 62, Terrie was able to shift her focus to her great loves: First and foremost was her faith and her dear family. If she was not Facetiming her grandchildren, she was traveling from coast to coast to visit and cheer on the teams that she rooted for or programs her family was performing in. However, she needed to keep her hands busy and did so with Crafts ranging from making purses, cakes, Christmas ornaments, sewing, and showing her great flair for fashion. Preceding her death are her parents, William and Helen Thompson. Continuing her legacy here on Earth are her husband, Duey Lura (San Tan Valley, AZ); Sons, Davis Lura (Christina Pluschke) of Marysville, WA; and DJ (Melissa) Lura as well as her beloved grandchildren, Adelynn, Reese and Dylan all of Fargo, ND; her brother, Dale (Cathie) Thompson, Queen Creek, AZ; several nieces, nephews & cousins. A prayer service and the funeral service will be held respectively on Tuesday, July 6th at 6:00 pm and Wednesday, July 7th at 11 am at Atonement Lutheran Church in Fargo. The funeral will be available online at atonement.live. Memorials in lieu of flowers are to be made to: Feed My Starving Children Fargo Mobile Pack. Terrie's Video Tribute can be viewed below:

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  1. I will always remember Terrie. She was my first worship choir director and I grew up in church watching her direct and finally getting to sing under her direction. My deepest sympathies go out to Duey, her children, and the rest of her family.

  2. Duey and family,
    So sorry and saddened to hear about Terrie’s illness and passing. I have such wonderful memories of the wonderful lady Terrie was! Taking piano lessons from her in your little house in Clifford, and all the many, many other good times. Heaven’s choir just a major upgrade with the addition of her talents.

    With my deepest sympathies,
    Laurie (Ust) VanEnk

  3. Terrie was always such a pleasure to see! Her attitude of happiness was very contagious and conversation was alway filled with a lot of animation and laughs. She will be missed by many. Prayers of comfort for you and your family.

  4. Thoughts and prayers are with you, Duey, and family at this time. Larry and Marlene Bergseth

  5. I am so sorry to hear of Terrie’s passing. I will always remember her smile and bubbly personality along with her “Angelic Voice” in Trinity Lutheran Church in Cooperstown. Duey, my heart aches for you. Hugs!

  6. Duey and Family,
    So sorry to hear of Terri’s passing. May God surround you with Love and Healing!
    Lisa Ott-Jones

  7. Our deepest sympathies are with Duey, Davis, DJ, and the extended Lura family at this time. It is with fond memories, we remember Terrie while they lived in Stanwood – especially singing in the church choir under her tutelage where beautiful music in praise to God was sung.

  8. My thoughts and prayers are with you Duey. I hope in the days ahead that all of you will celebrate her life with all the life experiences you shared.

  9. Duey, my deepest sympathies to you and your family. I often spoke of Terrie over the years as the best band teacher I ever had. Sending our prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.
    Wendy (Bjerke) Satrom

  10. Duey,
    So sorry to hear of Terrie’s passing. It sounds like she had a wonderful career in music and left
    Many musical memories with those that she directed. Our sympathies.

    Bill and Caroline (Knudson) Brown

  11. Duey & family. Our deep sympathies to your family on Terrie’s passing. Glad we were able to get together for the Ambroson cousin reunion.
    Bert & Shirley Holman

  12. Duey and family of Terrie.
    I was saddened to read of her death. My prayers for comfort for you and hold dear the remembrances of the beautiful life she lived.

  13. Hi Duey and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you and your family as you grieve.

  14. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Lura family. We loved seeing Terrie and Duey at our Nodak Mutual rallies every year. Her smile will always be remembered. May God hold you in the palms of his hand always.

  15. Mark and I were saddened to hear of Terrie’s passing and your families loss.
    We are thinking of you.

    Take care
    Mark and Michelle Kerbaugh

  16. Duey,
    So sad to read that Terrie passed away after a brief cancer battle. We really enjoyed visiting with you guys at Forest Hills last summer. Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
    Pam and Rich Flieth

  17. Duey, Our hearts broke to hear of Terrie’s passing. We wish you peace for the days ahead. We always have and probably always will think of you guys daily. We were so fortunate to have you as neighbors.

  18. Duey, Davis and DJ and all family,
    I wanted to send you my condolences on the passing of Terrie. She was a wonderful woman and someone I truly enjoyed spending time with. So easy to chat too, quick to laugh and a good spirit. You have certainly been in my thoughts in prayers over the past months and so very sorry for the delayed post.
    Much love to you,
    Kim (Strand) Percy

  19. Duey and family,
    Our deepest sympathy to your entire family. Terrie was a vibrant person who will always “shine” in my mind. She was the music teacher at C-G when I was a senior and I loved her dearly…one of the best teachers I had! She was so close to my age, we could relate on so many levels. Her instruction in vocal was outstanding and I blossomed under her leadership. I’ll never forget our trio rendition of “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” which she helped us choreograph and perform. I was saddened to hear of her sudden passing, but will now cherish all my beautiful memories of her! She now sings with the angels!

    • Nancy- I just saw your post prior to the memorial service for Terrie last year! Thank you! All the best to you and your family! Duey

  20. So sorry for your loss. Terri was a remarkable woman who touched many lives. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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