Terrie (Barabe) Matthews

SANDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Terrie (Barabe) Matthews, age 54, of Sands Township, passed away, June 24, 2013, at her home.

Terry was born in Ishpeming on June 24, 1959, to James and Geraldine (Juchemich) Gervae, and was a 1977 graduate of the Negaunee High School. She married James Barabe, Sr. and together the couple had four wonderful children.

Terrie had a passion for children and ran an adult foster care home, adopting many children into her home, and in so doing, extended her love to many others. Terrie enjoyed living life and among her many passions were her grandchildren and family, cooking, sailing, sky diving, and traveling. She loved adventure.

In later life, Terrie married Kim Matthews and together they began their quest of unfinished dreams. From their kayaking excursions in the often turbulent waters of Lake Superior to cruising the Caribbean, living aboard their 35′ sailboat, they solved problems which would test and strengthen their ability to work together. Their aptly named sailboat, “Meridian Trek”, is actually a rearrangement of all the letters found in the phrase “Kim and Terrie”. It was at Terrie’s request that a copper star be affixed at the most forward part of the boat’s bowspirit….a sort of symbolic reminder to “follow your lucky star.”

In many ways, Terrie lived her life as a shining star: helpfully illuminating the path through difficult or dark times, not only for many of us who knew her personally, but also for many, anonymously. In other aspects, Terrie lived more as a “shooting star”: full of endless energetic intensity, bringing a brilliant, but all too brief, wondrous experience into our lives. She will be remembered as a caring and compassionate person.

Terrie is survived by her husband, Kim Matthews; children, Jeri A. (Jason Wendt) Barabe, Elizabeth (Robert J.) Marcell, James L. (Kerry Demars) Barabe, Jr., Adam C. (Ally Erickson) Barabe, and Andrew D. Bass; her grandchildren, Alvina Rose, Gunnar J. Barabe, and Abram C. Barabe; her parents, James and Geraldine Gervae; siblings, Tony Jandron, Todd Gervae, Tracie Gervae, and Tim Gervae; many nieces and nephews; and all her “adopted” neighborhood kids.

Terrie was preceded in death by her grandparents, Tony and Eva Gervae and Leo and Sylvia Juchemich; and an aunt, Kathy Ann Juchemich.

Friends may call at the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home on Friday, June 28 from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon. A celebration of Terrie’s life will begin at 12:00 noon Friday with the Rev. Leon Jarvis presiding. The celebration will continue with a reception in the funeral home’s reception area. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Upper Peninsula Down Syndrome Association in honor of her sister, Tracie Gervae.

To those of us who loved her, Terrie enhanced our lives in ways which would not be possible in her absence. She will be dearly missed.

The Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home is serving the family where condolences may be expressed online at