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Theresa Marie Vella

Jun. 14, 1957 - Jul. 29, 2022

Date of Service: Aug. 20, 2022

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – Theresa Marie Vella (nee Danner), beloved wife and mother, passed away at home on Friday, 29 July, 2022, due to pancreatic cancer and the complications brought on by that disease.

Theresa was born on Flag Day, June 14, 1957, to Donald Barrett Danner and Della Rae Smith Danner in Victorville, Calif. The family moved to Okinawa for employment, and upon returning to the United States, met Vincent F. Vella in Virginia, who, on 30 December 1978, would be her husband of 44 years.

The couple eventually moved to San Diego for the remaining 39 years of her life where she raised a family and retired from a satisfying career as a California Registered Nurse. Theresa had an unmistakable magnetic relationship with the elderly she worked with early in her career, and they to her, bringing comfort to countless patients and their families.

Later she obtained an Accreditation in Clinical Research Programs (ACRP), and conducted clinical research studies in dermatology, memory, and hepatology to help bring new medications to market.

Family was foremost in her life, always content with their welfare, and thrilled to be a grandmother!

Theresa was pre-deceased by her mother, Della Rae Danner; and brother, Fred Danner. She is survived by her husband, Vincent; four children, Vince Jr., Angela, Anthony, and Vanessa; daughter-in-law, Susan; two granddaughters, Rachel and June; her father, Donald Barrett Danner and his wife, Sally; and her siblings, Donald K. Danner and Joann Danner Murphy both of Provo, Utah, Karen L. (Danny) Loveless of Payson, Utah, and Katherine E. (Todd) Adams of Albion, Idaho.

Theresa had uncanny luck for casino slot machines, a lifelong love for dogs, and she was a faithful Padres baseball fan. Her spirit remained undauntedly positive throughout the cancer ordeal, providing an example of strength to her family.

She is loved and is sorely missed.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 20, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 889 S. Main St., in Albion, Idaho. Burial will follow at the Mormon Cemetery in Albion.

Family and friends will be received from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday, August 19, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, and from 10 until 10:45 a.m. Saturday, preceding the funeral, at the church.

Condolences for Theresa Marie Vella

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From kimberly S McHugh:
Theresa was a very special person who helped me get through a rough time. She was kind, considerate, helpful, very generous and had the best sense of humor. My deepest condolences to Vincent and the children and grandchildren. I know you miss her very much.
From Linster Fox:
Vince Jr.,
Our condolences from Leslie and I and my entire family. We knew Theresa to be smart, independent and a loving mother and grandmother. It was obvious to anyone that she was especially fond and caring for her granddaughters. Family is everything. She will be missed.
From Leslie F:
Thank you Theresa for being such a wonderful grandmother to the girls, such a loving mother in law to Susan, and for being a special friend to Linster and me. I will miss your great dry sense of humor, your feistiness, your love for family and your warm welcome to so many people. You and I never got our cross country grandmothers only trip, but it was fun just thinking about it. We will miss you.
From Rolanda Coghill:
I love you, Tresa (Theresa). I always shortened your name, you expected it. So, there you go. Theresa, you have been my best friend for such a long time. We've always been there for each other. I miss our talks. We've been through the worst and the best of times. Your humor was so much like mine, I think that's what initially brought us together. You're love for your family was so transparent and tender. You're strength, empathy for others, and enduring, loving friendship, I will always have within my heart. My best friend, I miss you, and I love you. This hurts so much. I will keep your precious love ones in my prayers, including myself. You are with Our Dear Savior, til' we are together again, watch over us.
From Frank Sullivan:
I am so sorry Vincent.I had no idea when we talked on 7/25 that this was coming.I know Theresa sounded weak,but I was hoping with rest she would bounce back.I am glad I called.Theresa was very tough and as I told someone not long ago, “ None of us know the hour or the day of our passing.My deepest condolences go out to you and your family.Please know that I regard all the people that I had the privilege of meeting in this life as my friends and I will miss Theresa as the beautiful person she was.Take care Vince I am saying prayers for you,your family and Theresa’s spirit.God watch over you all and hold you close.
From Karen and Matt McLandrich:
Friends and neighbors for 25 years.. We watched our children grow up together, sharing their trials and tribulations as well as our own. Theresa and Vince raised a wonderful, loving family. We will miss her kindness, generosity and great sense of humor. Rest in peace, Theresa. We will hold you and your family in our hearts forever.
From Vincent Vella:
My Dearest.
It was always you and me. Over 44 years through the good and the bad, you never failed to give me support in everything I needed. Reminders of you are everywhere. I am crushed without you here, and it is only by our efforts together that I am able to be supported by all the good that remains, even though it is hard to feel it right now.
Thank you for a wonderful life. I can’t wait to see you again. I love and miss you so much.
From Katie Danner :
I love your fiery, spunky and fun personality. I loved my time talking with you all day at your home in San Diego. You will be missed!
From Donald Danner:
I'm going to miss you Theresa...for the time being. Love, Don
From Moji:
MY she rest in gods eternal paradise- until you meet again
From Anthony Vella:
I am definitely going to miss talking medical talk with you.
From Sandy Ranno:
Dear Theresa, the memory that immediately came to mind is at the reception of your wedding, our son, Brad, just a little over a year and still crawling. He crawled across your path as you and Vincent were walking through the hall. In your beautiful wedding dress you bent down and picked him up and hugged him. Your love for children was evident from the start. You will be missed and are so loved.
From Leslie:
When I think about my beautiful friend of nearly 40 years, I remember the countless hours of laughter we shared. Theresa loved a good joke and her sense of humor was a gift she shared with everyone. Always a loving and generous. A woman of faith, self sacrifice and service. Your friendship has meant the world to me and I know we will meet again to catch up on the gossip and have a few giggles! Love you sister in heart.
From Angela:
My mother was the strongest, most independent, generous person I’ve ever known and she was always there when you needed her. Aunt JoAnn said it best one time - “Some days I thought no one in the world cared at all about me, and then your mother would call.” I’ve had a few of those instances myself.
From Sandy Ranno:
Dear Theresa, the memory that immediately came to mind is at the reception of your wedding, our son, Brad, just a little over a year and still crawling. He crawled across your path as you and Vincent were walking through the hall. In your beautiful wedding dress you bent down and picked him up and hugged him. Your love for children was evident from the start. You will be missed and are so loved.
From JoAnn Murphy:
Theresa was one of my best friends as well as my Sister. She always called to check up on me and everyone else. I can't even begin to know how much I will miss her. I love you Sis.
From Vince Jr.:
Love you Mom. Words can’t do justice, thank you for everything. Each song on the radio reminds me of you and the great gift of love of music you passed along to us. My evening walks are a lot more lonely without our chats, but I know you’re walking with our savior now.

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