She was born August 31, 1920, to Arthur and Bertha (nee Derix) Carlson in DeKalb, Illinois.
Mrs. Terwilliger was graduated from Waterman High School in Waterman, Illinois, in 1937. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics in 1941. She also earned a master’s degree in reading in 1954 from Northern Illinois University. She taught in the DeKalb school system for 38 years as an elementary teacher at Haish and Cheeseboro Schools. Mrs. Terwilliger was recognized by students and her peers as an outstanding teacher and was named State Conservation Teacher of the Year.
She was active in the First Methodist Church in DeKalb, Ellwood House Museum, AAUW, Alpha Kappa Gamma, and the Southside Brick Street Restoration Project.
Mrs. Terwilliger was an avid golfer and nine-time club champion at Kishwaukee Country Club. She played on the Lincoln Highway golf league, and competed in the Illinois state amateur golf tournament.
In 1969 the family opened an extension of their retail store, Terwilliger Athletic Supply, located in University Village in DeKalb, on Mackinac Island. Mrs. Terwilliger, along with her husband, Bill, and their daughter, Cynthia, operated the Sweatshirt Shop on the Arnold Line dock. They also owned and operated Terwilliger’s Gifts on Market Street for 25 years. The family had owned a cottage on the East Bluff for more than 30 years.
On Mackinac Island, Mrs. Terwilliger was a longtime member of Wawashkamo Golf Club, Mackinac Island Bike and Buggy Bridge League, Mackinac Island Yacht Club, and Mackinac Island Needlepoint Club. She was a member of the Little Stone Church on Mackinac Island. She was a supporter of the Mackinac Horsemen’s Association and 4-H program. She loved to play golf, play bridge, ride her horse, and garden.
Mrs. Terwilliger and her husband retired to their property, Pacolet Point, in Hunting Country just outside of Tryon in 1980. They purchased a log cabin built in 1795, and had it moved to their property and used it as the central portion of their home. She exhibited remarkable taste for American primitive antiques. She was a member of the Red Fox Country Club, Tryon Country Club, FENCE, Carolina Carriage Club, Tryon Hounds, and Tryon Garden Club. She was also a member of the Columbus United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Terwilliger was well loved wherever she went, friends said. Her gracious demeanor, her quiet faith, her enthusiasm for life, and her hospitality will be remembered by all who knew her.
She is survived by a son and his family, John and Chris Terwilliger of Troy, Ohio; a daughter, Cynthia Terwilliger of Tryon, and two grandsons, Matthew and Meghan Terwilliger of Columbus, Ohio, and Luke Terwilliger of Nashville, Tennessee.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Terwilliger was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Roger William “Bill” Terwilliger, who died January 26, 2012, and a brother, Major Howard Carlson, USAF.
A memorial service will be held in DeKalb at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Ellwood House in DeKalb, Mackinac Island 4-H Club, and Hospice of the Carolina Foothills in Tryon.
Petty Funeral Home in Landrum, South Carolina, assisted the family with arrangements.