EUGENE — Carmelite Sister Maria Teresa of the Trinity, 73, died unexpectedly Feb. 16 with her sisters around her at the Carmel of Maria Regina here.  

Born in Ashland, she attended public schools and Robertson's School of Business.

She was received into the Catholic Church in 1965 at Our Lady of the Mountain Church in Ashland.

After working as a bookkeeper for Western Auto in Medford, she left to enter the Carmel of Maria Regina in 1969. She received the habit and the name Sister Maria Teresa of the Trinity in 1970 and made her solemn vows in 1974.

Sister Teresa served her community in many capacities: as a bookkeeper for most of her religious life, as superior or as assistant superior and novice mistress for many terms. She was an artist in many fields, especially iconography.

She was a lover of animals and knew how to care for them. Her first love was for horses. Before her entrance into religious life, she trained horses and had her own mare on which she enjoyed many hours of riding in the mountains around Ashland.

Archbishop Sample was celebrant at Sister Teresa's funeral Mass and Bishop Liam Cary was homilist.

A number of priest friends concelebrated. She is buried in the Gate of Heaven cemetery on the grounds of the Carmel.