Teresa Monger’s Story
Teresa Monger was born in Norwalk, California. When she was 14 she moved to Rifle, Colorado and attended school there. When she graduated she enrolled in the Air Force to serve her country and was shipped overseas to serve. Upon her 5 years of completion she returned to Colorado to be close to her family. She started her working career as a manager at McDonald’s and then moved into banking with Bank of Colorado in the spring of 1998. She transitionally into real estate with Donna Fell in 2002 and remained there until she became an office manager with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in 2008. She is a Glenwood Springs Chamber Ambassador and has been a volunteer for Strawberry Days, Business After Hours, Hoop d’ Ville Basketball Tournament, MS Walk, and the Race for the Cure.
In December of 2006 Teresa was diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer. She immediately had surgery to remove the tumors and a complete hysterectomy. At the time she did not have health insurance, but eventually found a program in Denver to help her out with the surgeries and chemotherapy. After once cycle of chemotherapy (and multiple trips to Denver) the cancer went into remission. In February of 2008 the cancer came back. As of today, she is on her 10th different chemotherapy and hoping to get the cancer back in remission.
In November of 2009, after a trip to China, she suffered a major set back and sites in her stomach started accumulating fluid. This forced Teresa to have to go to the hospital twice a week to have them drained, most of the time returning to work after this was done depending on how harsh the treatments/draining was on her body.
She recently flew to Arizona to the Cancer Treatment Center of America, but they were unable to come up with a different diagnosis or treatment. They did however put a drain in so she could drain her stomach … which got infected and immediately upon returning to Glenwood she was admitted to the hospital and Intensive Care Unit.
Teresa passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 9th at 10:18pm. She is survived by her parents, Ted and Vicki Monger; her grandmother, Vera G Drenon; her sister, Toni Monger; her brother, Terry Monger; her nieces Bailey, Kelsey, Trinity, and Dacey; and numerous aunts and cousins.
Her service will be Wednesday, May 12th at 1pm at the Glenwood Springs Golf Course. Immediately following the short service, there will be a celebration of Teresa’s life with a tribute video shown at the clubhouse and food and beverages served.
Donations are being taken at Wells Fargo Bank in Glenwood for Teresa.
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