Teresa L. Sword, 51 of Hume, Missouri passed away December 1, 2016 at Freeman Hospital-West in Joplin. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Saturday, December 10, 2016 at the Hume Christian Church in Hume, Missouri. There is no visitation. Interment will follow in East Liberty Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.
Teresa L. Sword, 51 of Hume, Missouri passed away December 1, 2016 at Freeman Hospital-West in Joplin. Teresa Le (Long) Sword was born July 8, 1965 in Ontario, Oregon, daughter of Richard Allen and Esther (Johnston) Long.
Teresa graduated high school in 1983 and toured through England, Holland and Germany with the Continental Singers. She graduated from Evangel College with the dual degree of a B.S. in Music Education and Church Music. While in college she enlisted in the Army National Guard Band and was their first chair flute player. Later, she continued her education and graduated from Southwest Missouri State University with a Master’s Degree in Music Education. Teresa married Vern Sword on June 27, 1992. She taught 23 years in Missouri public schools. At the time of her passing she was teaching music at Fort Scott Community College.
Teresa was proud to be a member of the Red Hatters of Hume, and she also loved being a member of the Bates County Career Women and was honored to be selected as their 2016 Woman of the Year. She was also a former director of the Community Council for the Performing Arts in Nevada, Missouri, she directed the Nevada Community Choir for seven seasons, and sang with the “Meet me in Missouri” singers for five years. Teresa served as director of music for Pine Street Baptist Church in Nevada. When she went to be with Jesus she was director of music at Ohio Street United Methodist Church in Butler, Missouri.
Teresa was preceded in death by her father Richard A. Long; and grandparents Clyde and Ione Long and Earl and Eiffa Johnston. She is survived by her husband Vern Sword of Hume; mother Esther Long of Medford, Oregon; two brothers Richard D. Long of Salem, Oregon and Stanly M. Long of Medford, Oregon; two children Mike Sword of Cameron, Missouri and Misty Bogardus of Schell City, Missouri; five grandchildren Kristina, Tiffany, Crystal, Amber, and Clayton. Two great-grandchildren Abby and Lydia, and one great-grandson on the way.