Teresa Sword

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

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.

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17 thoughts on “Teresa Sword

  1. Vern, We are shocked as well as you I’m sure! Diane and I will be keeping you in our prayers. We enjoyed Teresa and Diane enjoyed playing in the nostalgia band with her. It won’t be long until we’re all before our King together. May peace be your companion these next few days, weeks, and months.

  2. Vern and family, you have our heart felt sympathy. May God give you extra strength for the next few days. Teresa was a special lady. And God needed another Angel in Heaven with him.

  3. Rusty and I thought Teresa was a wonderful musician and soloist! We will miss her and her great talent!

  4. Vern
    I will always remember the fun we had at the
    CCPA Theater productions of “Meet-Me-In-Missouri”.
    Teresa shared her talents for Music ~ and ~ touched many lives ~
    as she travel down her Christian Pathway of Life.
    NOW..She will be singing her “Joyful Songs in Heaven”!
    Look to the Lord for your strength during this difficult time.

  5. Vern- So sorry to hear of Teresa’s passing. She was a joy and I loved hearing from her! Her laughter will be the thing I remember and our long talks during college study times! I am praying for you and the family❤️ Love Liz (Ardyth)

  6. We extend our sincere condolences to Teresa’s entire family. In this difficult time may you find strength from our Heavenly Father’s Promise that we can be reunited with our loved ones by means of a resurrection and that death is an “enemy” that will be brought to nothing. – John 5:28; 1 Corinthians 15:26. May this precious hope that awaits us and the love of family and friends bring you a measure of comfort now and in the days ahead.

  7. am sorry for your loss vern teresa was a beautiful person she will be singing and playing piano in heaven

  8. Vern – so so sorry for your loss – Teresa was a special lady indeed. She brought joy to many of us.

  9. Misty and family, my sincere condolences in your loss. May the strength of faith and family support you during this difficult time.

  10. Vern so sorry for your loss, she was indeed a pillar at the hume school as well. She will be missed by many. She is now leading the choir in heaven. Jim and Mary Spencer

  11. We are so sorry for your loss….praying for your family and for God to comfort you.

  12. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Vern. Teresa will be missed by many. She was one of the most talented musicians I have ever known and a lot of fun at rehearsals. We are all grateful to have had the opportunity to make music with her for a while.

  13. Ron and I are praying for you and your family during this time. May the Holy Spirit comfort you. Valo

  14. I’m sorry for the pain of losing Teresa’s presence here on Earth , but thankful she is home with the Lord and our grandparents, without it being a long process of suffering. I didn’t know my cousin well, but I have been happy to see how loved she was.

  15. Teresa: I will love you forever. I miss you so much. I begin the day in tears and end the day the same way. I know you wouldn’t want me to grieve, but right now all I see is darkness. You were my whole reason for living, my sunshine in a very dark world.

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