July 4, 1925 ~ April 18, 2020

Born in: Newark, NJ
Resided in: Denver, CO

July 4, 1925-April 18, 2020

Anthula Koronakos McCaffrey, known as “Terry” to her family and many friends passed away from natural causes on April 18, 2020 in Denver, Colorado.
Terry was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-three years Clifford A. McCaffrey. She is survived by her three sons Gregory, Peter, and Thomas, two daughters-in-law Kathy and Gerry, as well as six grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren.
Terry was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, one of six children, four girls and two boys. Terry’s parents, Peter and Mary Koronakos, emigrated from Sparta and Athens Greece to America. Terry and her siblings were born first generation Greek-Americans. She was raised in the very proud and traditional Greek culture and heritage. In 1939, at age 14, Terry was awarded the Good Citizenship Medal, honoring The National Society of The Sons of The American Revolution.
A graduate of Newark’s Central High School in 1943, Terry was an accomplished student, talented artist, dancer, played the piano and was selected to the National Honor Society. Terry demonstrated the four pillars of the NHS, Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Character. She was voted the most courteous and popular by her graduating class.
Terry married Clifford A. McCaffrey on April 6, 1946 and moved to Colorado where she was a member of the Colorado Ski Patrol, and she and her husband raised their three sons. To Mom and Dad, their family was everything to them. Our parents always made sure that their three sons accomplished all their academic, athletic and social commitments with class and pride. Their eternal love, dedication and sacrifice to Family was unconditional. We were truly blessed growing up.
It was often said that Terry never met a person she didn’t like, and they her. She was unassuming, gentle, loving, kind, understanding, and always willing to help those less fortunate than herself. She saw everyone she knew and met as God’s children.
Terry shall fondly forever remain in the hearts of her family and her many, many, friends!

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  1. Proverbs 31:31: “Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”
    Mom, I miss your loving words, kind heart, beautiful smile and hugs only a Mother can give a Son. God has called you home to be with Dad, your Son, your brothers and sisters and your parents. I take great comfort in knowing I will see you again one day sweet lady!

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  2. It is not the length of time but the depth of time. (Ralph Waldo Emerson) The mold was broken when God made my sweet Aunt Terry. I can still hear her laugh.

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  3. Rest easy Mom, you are with Pop now and all is well!

    Not to worry, your boys know how to take care of themselves!

    Miss You Terribly,
    Tom

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  4. Terry was such a dear friend of our family growing up as well as her husband & 3 sons. A wonderful family. They were next door neighbors. Terry was like our 2nd mom to us & was so kind. She will be deeply missed. Many prayers go out to Tom, Greg & Pete & their families.

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  5. Mama Mac, The last Mom we had. A beautiful, kind, loving, and caring lady. God’s gain is our loss. Mama Mac, the littlest and cutest angel. Love, The whole Elson Clan!

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  6. Dear Family of Mrs. Mac,
    I met Tula at Lou Brown’s service at Fort Logan.
    From then on, I thought she was so dear. We had some wonderful visits at her home in Colorado Springs where she was always so gracious and welcoming to me and any of my family who came along. There was one very special evening with Tula, Jeanise Brown and my sister in law, Terry. We had been to an Estate Sale where Tula and Jeanise found many treasures. We decided martinis and snacks were in order. From there the stories of Tula and Jeanise and their family history flowed into joyful memories and lots of laughter. In later visits, she loved to talk about her family and she couldn’t have been more proud of you all!
    I can’t help but smile when I think of her. I am so grateful to see the video with so many pictures. I miss her and will always think of she and Jeanise together again. They were both adopted family for me.
    Sincerely,
    Cindy

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  7. Mrs McCaffrey was instrumental in shaping my life and career. I would not be where I am today without my Air Force Academy education, and she encouraged me to reapply. Such a kind, loving and giving soul. It’s no wonder she and my Mother were such dear friends. She made the best Lasagna!!

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  8. “What dies does not fall out of the world.”
    Mrs. McCaffrey was such a loving, beautiful and caring presence in this world that she will not “fall out” but truly carry on in the notes of our laughter and the feelings of our heart.

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  9. Mrs. Mac
    My hart sores for your reunion with the love of your life and hurts for us that will miss you so very much. I hear your sayings every day and see that smile of yours that warms me.

    I miss you every day.

    Love always my kindred spirit.
    Nivia

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  10. Our sincere condolences to the McCaffrey Family on the sad loss of your amazing matriarch – we never had the privilege of knowing Mrs. McCaffrey personally, but as neighbors of Greg and Kathy’s, we have heard all about her strong will and spirit and her love and pride for her three sons – may you all be comforted in knowing that she led a long and wonderful life and is now at peace, reunited with her beloved husband. With sympathy – Ria and Scott Hudson

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  11. I shared many happy times with Terry and Jeanise. Times filled with laughter, as can just imagine! She was a proud wife and Mother and a wonderful friend! Have a loving reunion in Heaven dear friend

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  12. We will always remember being together as neighbors in Eagle Villa. Your sincere concern for our family will always be remembered.

    John, Brenda O’Hara and Family

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