Mrs. Terry O. Serna, age 95, passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2020, with her loving family at her side. She was born April 19, 1925. She has worn many hats in her longevity. As a teenager, she was a model at the infamous store, Hachar in her hometown in Laredo, Texas, a song composer and recording singer in her youth. Terry was a Lake County Sheriff's Deputy, where she transported female prisoners to and from jail and in between, she counseled and prayed with them. She was a welder at Youngstown Steel, a community activist and advocate for human and civil rights from the Kennedy years and fought to stop police brutality. In doing so, she received Local, State and National Human Rights Awards. Terry taught English to local immigrant adults and raised funds for scholarships for Hispanic youth. Terry was a pioneer of Indiana LULAC, and in 2008, named the Women Of Merit by the Times Newspaper. She has organized Councils in Texas, Indiana and Illinois. Terry retired from the Chicago Spanish Press and wrote for East Chicago's Latin Times for many years. Terry is survived by her children, Robert D. Moran Vasquez, Jean "Jeannie " Serna (David) Lopez, and Edward Serna; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Adolfo Serna, parents, Stanley Vasquez and Lupita Rodriquez Nichols Vasquez, two sons, Stanley Gil Serna and Adolfo (Al) Serna, Jr. FUNERAL MASS FOR MRS. SERNA WILL BE PRIVATE !! May God bless the Serna family.
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